Every year more and more families are jumping on the homeschool boat. Each family has their specific reasons for wanting to try teaching their children from home. For our family we tried our oldest son in public school for a very short time. It was very evident that it was just not for him. Sure we could have made him stick with it, but why make him struggle for the rest of his childhood? We pulled him out to homeschool, and haven’t looked back. I now homeschool all 4 (soon to be 5) of my children. It works for us.
My husband and I both come from a traditional school background. Our first year homeschooling I thought I needed to do everything just like the schools do it…right down to individual school desk and charts. If you try to shove your homeschool into a box all your children will get out of it is exactly what is in the box. If you will allow freedom and versatility in your homeschool, your children will learn so much more.
Another thing that I struggled with (and still do at times) is using our curriculum exactly in order, never skipping a lesson. You see my OCD comes out a little bit and I like my lessons to line up perfectly. The problem with this is that there have been times that I am making my children work on something they already know VERY well. If they have really grasped the concept, why make them keep doing it over and over? Why not move onto something new that they can conquer? So don’t be bound my the lesson plans. Make the lesson plans work for you.
The most important tip that I can give you is to have quiet time each morning. There is something about getting up, having your time in the word, and drinking your coffee in peace that really helps to set a good mood for the entire day. The days that I make myself get up before the kids always go more smooth than the days when I don’t. Make time for God and yourself. Your children and your homeschool plans will thank you.
I pray each and every one of you have a blessed school year. What is a tip that you would give a new homeschool mom?