We are at the start of our third year of homeschooling. My husband and I knew that we would homeschool after the birth of our first born. We felt compelled to do so based on our faith, values and beliefs. Furthermore, it fits very well into our family dynamic.
Although we are confident in our decision, this doesn’t make this it any easier. Some days are challenging and overwhelming while others days are easy, care-free and fun. Like everything else in life, homeschooling has its ebs and flows.
In the last three years we have learned to hold on to our plans loosely, when it comes to teaching our children.
If you are new to homeschooling or thinking about it, I wanted to share a few things we have learned on our journey that may be helpful to you:
Know Why You Are Homeschooling
Understanding the reason(s) behind your decision to homeschool will help you stay the course during challnging times, or when you just don’t feel like doing school. To find your why, start with prayer, asking your husband and getting down right honest about your choice.
Prepare Yourself, Be Ready For The Questions And Concerns
There may be people who will disaagree with your decision to homeschool. But, don’t worry. You and your husband are in agreement, and you know your why. One of the most redundant questions (and so far the only)I have gotten is what about socialization? I have taken the time to carefully consider this concern, and came up with the best answer I can present in a loving-truthful manner.
Whatever the questions/concerns are, being ready with a prudent answer diffuses any concerns or critcisms rather quickly. In some cases, even when they do not understand; providing a clear, respectful and concise response is all we can do.
Do What Works For Your Family
Homeschooling is very popular these days. There are tons of cirriculum choices, programs and cooperatives to chose from. This can become very overwhelming, and expensive too. You can also feel like you are not doing enough. Doing or not doing these things, will not determine the success of your homeschooling. You have to decide what will work best for your family.
Consider your family needs, lifestyle, budget as well as your children’s personality before planning your homeschool.
Now that you are the school year taken care of, let’s focus on home management. Organizing does’t have to be perfect, its about finding a strategy that will create order in the home so that you can successfully accomplish your homeschooling.
Prayer For Wisdom and Direction
Last, but most importantly, seek God in your homeschooling. He will provide you with the insight on how to meet the needs of your children. Please remember, sometimes this looks very different from what we have in mind.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. –Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
Homeschooling can be a very rewarding and delightful experience. Take the time to enjoy the process. God has equipped you to teach your children. Trust in Him. You can do this!