I have been on a homeschooling journey for seven years now. If there is one piece of advice I could give to every homeschool parent out there, especially newbies, it would be this:
Believe in yourself.
When you are exploring different homeschooling philosophies and methods, from Charlotte Mason to Waldorf education, to eclectic to unschooling, and you start to feel uncertain… Believe in yourself.
When you are researching curriculum and you marvel at all the choices out there, and you wonder how you will afford it all and how you will know what will actually work for your child… Believe in yourself.
When your mind starts swirling around all the subjects of traditional education, such as: history, science, math, reading, writing, music, art, health, physical fitness, etc. and then you start to think about schedules and fitting it all in, and then it hits you that you actually took it upon yourself to educate your own child… Believe in yourself.
When you are reading other homeschooling blogs and you look at other homeschooling families in action, and you’re tempted to compare… Believe in yourself.
When neighbors, friends, family and strangers criticize your choice and right to homeschool… Believe in yourself.
That’s right, take a deep breath, relax and believe in yourself. YOU can do this homeschooling thing. You’ve got this!
So, if you are worried about teaching your own child, remember, you have three things already going for you: First, you are your child’s first teacher. You already teach your child. Second, no one knows your child like you do. Third, no one will be as invested in your child’s education as you are. Believe in yourself and your ability to homeschool.
Here are some homeschooling truths I’ve learned along the way-
- There is no right or wrong way to homeschool. :)
- It is not essential to follow a homeschooling method or philosophy.
- Nor is it necessary to spend oodles of money on fancy-smancy curriculum.
- However, if a particular method or curriculum appeals to you, go for it…
- And make it your own. Tweak it to your heart’s desire. Mix and match. Anything goes!
- If something stops working, it’s okay to abandon it altogether and go in a new direction.
- Not all subjects need to be tackled at the same time or even in the same year!
- And they certainly don’t need to be taught the same way as public school.
- Learning takes TIME, but it’s not a race.
- It’s okay to have days where all you do is read to your child. :)
- Homeschool blogs are fun to read as long as you remember that every homeschooling family looks and functions differently, and that’s okay.
- In other words, don’t compare! Your family’s uniqueness is what makes your family awesome.
- The only opinions about your choice to homeschool that matter are your own (you, your spouse and your children).