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Considering Homeschooling?

What advice would you give to a mom who is considering homeschooling?  These are comments from my Facebook friends.  What do YOU tell someone who is thinking about homeschooling for the first time?



Diane
Don't be too hard on your kids. it's all going to be fine. if you are stressed, they'll be stressed.

Dianne
You don't have to do it all, you don't have to be perfect, and your kids will learn anyway and be better for it. Be kind to yourself, do things that make it enjoyable for you and the kids, not just the "right" stuff. If you don't finish  that math book at the end of the year, just put it up, take a break, and finish it off in the fall if you think you need to, but more often, there is so much repetition, esp. the early grades, that it is just not a big deal.

Vanessa
As I'm in the middle of "A Home-Designed Form-U-La" I'd say remember that you're not the government school. Pray for the Lord's leading that will prepare them for His calling - not the world's. Although this is a High School book, I wish I'd read it 8 yrs ago. Good thing I have 5 more to go through high school with.

Renee
You can always change your mind.

Carissa
The first three years are the hardest; adjustment, the character flaws the wasted money, the ideas you envisioned...three years of culture shock.... You will swear you are ruining your kids, that you are getting behind, that you are overwhelmed... That is all perfectly normal. It is your learning curve to the blessings of homeschooling. After three years you see the beauty and purpose and freedom of homeschooling! Now the only time I it fail and the mom gives up is when she refused to let go of the public school model. And insisted on state standards and did not protect the child's natural love of learning. I am more than confident... You protect your child's love of learning... Homeschooling we be a great experience for you and your child. That is what I tell mothers

Heather
Great words of encouragement! Our family will be starting our very first year this fall!!! I'm very much wanting to make learning fun and maintain the love for learning!!! Public school has shown me NOT what to do!!!!!

Shannon
Every child is different. The beauty of homeschooling is that you can tailor your methods, your curriculum, your schedule to best help that child achieve. It's okay to toss out a textbook that doesn't work for your child, and it's okay to experiment.

Daralee
Don't worry about what everyone else is doing. Each mom has such special gifts and talents, which are a great starting point for what to pass on to your kids... do you love gardening? Are you good at sewing...cooking...singing? Share it with your kids... do you love reading, listening to jazz, puzzles? Do those things together. The time spent together doing what you enjoy will make priceless memories.

Andi
Take some time to just enjoy your family and ease into lessons. Spend lots of time at the library, the park, museums, concerts, on the trampoline looking at the clouds,... And listen to more experienced homeschool moms when they tell you not to worry so much. It took me several years to learn that lesson and now I enjoy my kids more and see that they are learning, too.

Aaron
Do it!

Gail
‎#1: Don't do "public school" at home, do "home school" at home.
#2: Lead with enthusiasm and excitement and eventually, encourage them to take the lead.
#3: Don't let the tough days overshadow the experience. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Evelyn
Do your homework first.

Linda
Jump in the water's fine!

I'm LOVING this practical advice! My Facebook friends are so smart!!

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Guest - Sunya (website) on Friday, 31 August 2012 10:53

These years go by so fast so my advice would be to enjoy every precious moment with your children. Keep learning fun by doing things your kids enjoy and what you enjoy. I love to garden and one year wanted to put a large garden box in. My son and I drew out the dimmensions, what we wanted to plant and where, and then put it all together. Come to find out this boy has a green thumb and he still loves to grow things from seed at the age of 13. We had a great time doing this together and it will be a cherished memory for years to come. There are so many other moments like this that I could list but it would take up too much space, lol! Trust God and love on your children and everything else will fall into place.

These years go by so fast so my advice would be to enjoy every precious moment with your children. Keep learning fun by doing things your kids enjoy and what you enjoy. I love to garden and one year wanted to put a large garden box in. My son and I drew out the dimmensions, what we wanted to plant and where, and then put it all together. Come to find out this boy has a green thumb and he still loves to grow things from seed at the age of 13. We had a great time doing this together and it will be a cherished memory for years to come. There are so many other moments like this that I could list but it would take up too much space, lol! Trust God and love on your children and everything else will fall into place.
Guest - Deb Roennebeck on Friday, 31 August 2012 06:20

God did not give your children to the public school system - He gave them to YOU. If God has called you to Homeschool, He will not allow you to fail. He knew how disorganized, scatter brained, impatient or uneducated you were when He chose you. As long as you are faithful to seek His guidance every day you can't lose. When you need help - He will send it, when you need encouragement - He will bring it and when you need correction - He will give it. (Just don't confuse His correction with the condemnation of well meaning friends and family)
I always say - "One way or another, someone is going to think your kids are screwed up - but isn't better to have them screwed up the way YOU like them?" lol

God did not give your children to the public school system - He gave them to YOU. If God has called you to Homeschool, He will not allow you to fail. He knew how disorganized, scatter brained, impatient or uneducated you were when He chose you. As long as you are faithful to seek His guidance every day you can't lose. When you need help - He will send it, when you need encouragement - He will bring it and when you need correction - He will give it. (Just don't confuse His correction with the condemnation of well meaning friends and family) I always say - "One way or another, someone is going to think your kids are screwed up - but isn't better to have them screwed up the way YOU like them?" lol
Guest - Angela on Thursday, 30 August 2012 22:44

I agree with all of the above, but I must add advice I was given: laundry will still be there when the kids are out of the house. Organize the tasks so that the kids are the priority...because they can't wait. You'll never regret the time you give your kids...unless you fail to have your own time alone with God; without recharging your batteries, you will burn out. Pace yourself. Taking care of yourself may seem selfish, but it is actually giving your kids a healthy role model. Any self-sacrificing position demands mental, emotional, physical encouragement on a regular basis.

I agree with all of the above, but I must add advice I was given: laundry will still be there when the kids are out of the house. Organize the tasks so that the kids are the priority...because they can't wait. You'll never regret the time you give your kids...unless you fail to have your own time alone with God; without recharging your batteries, you will burn out. Pace yourself. Taking care of yourself may seem selfish, but it is actually giving your kids a healthy role model. Any self-sacrificing position demands mental, emotional, physical encouragement on a regular basis.
Guest - Ann on Thursday, 30 August 2012 19:38

As much as possible, especially in the pre-high school years, start your day with "spice"--do those things that you would tend to let go at the end of the day when you are tired. Of course, devotions come first, but you might add read-alouds, drawing, art history, character stories, logic, learning songs that teach (grammar, state capitals, American folk, etc.). These are all "subjects" that we have started our day with, before beginning the heavy academics. I have NEVER regretted this, as we would have just let things like this go if we waited until the core subjects were completed. Beginning with topics and activities you love sets a very positive tone to the day!

However, I have one son left at home, a junior (more or less) in high school. As per Lee's advice, we do math and science first, as those are the two subjects we like the LEAST and both struggle with. The same principle holds true--they get done because they are put first. I would absolutely LOVE to put our favorite subjects first once again, however practicality must win out during these high school years, when I could easily give up on important, though difficult, subjects due to a lack of confidence.

As much as possible, especially in the pre-high school years, start your day with "spice"--do those things that you would tend to let go at the end of the day when you are tired. Of course, devotions come first, but you might add read-alouds, drawing, art history, character stories, logic, learning songs that teach (grammar, state capitals, American folk, etc.). These are all "subjects" that we have started our day with, before beginning the heavy academics. I have NEVER regretted this, as we would have just let things like this go if we waited until the core subjects were completed. Beginning with topics and activities you love sets a very positive tone to the day! However, I have one son left at home, a junior (more or less) in high school. As per Lee's advice, we do math and science first, as those are the two subjects we like the LEAST and both struggle with. The same principle holds true--they get done because they are put first. I would absolutely LOVE to put our favorite subjects first once again, however practicality must win out during these high school years, when I could easily give up on important, though difficult, subjects due to a lack of confidence.
Guest - J W on Thursday, 30 August 2012 19:34

"Every day you're not dead in the ground, when you wake up in the morning, you're gonna have to make some decisions. Got to ask yourself this question: "Am I gonna believe all them bad things them fools say about me today?"

- Constantine, from _The Help_ by Kathryn Stockett

"Every day you're not dead in the ground, when you wake up in the morning, you're gonna have to make some decisions. Got to ask yourself this question: "Am I gonna believe all them bad things them fools say about me today?" - Constantine, from _The Help_ by Kathryn Stockett
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