Homeschooling is a lifestyle. It is simplicity and togetherness... slowing down - having time to play, to discover and pursue passions. It is about family relationships.
I have experienced first hand the benefits that homeschooling had on my life as well as the struggles I faced because of it. As a homeschool mom of five, I have also come to appreciate just how challenging it is!
Someone asked me this question on a forum once and I assure you I gave them the best answer I could find. Of course my response was obviously biased and extravagantly tainted with my love of early intervention!
Visit families that are homeschooling. I think this was the most beneficial step I took when I first began homeschooling. If you can, try to visit several families with different philosphies. You'll soon see that everyone has a unique approach and ideas.
There is no right or wrong way to homeschool your children. Some families like to do "school at home" which very much replicates a classroom environment, while some are at the other end of the spectrum and "unschool" their children. And then of course there is so much in between.
When I first started homeschooling I asked a lot of questions and I spent a lot of time researching. I watched my friends and I set out with a huge game plan to rock the homeschooling world. I was going to teach my child better than anyone ever had. I was going to be awesome.
We can't ignore the warning signs. We can't push through it. We can't homeschool well in burnout mode.
Jumping in and getting started is half the battle.
Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned homeschool mom, these 25 practical tips and words of encouragement will keep you trekking along in your homeschooling journey with your chin up!
If you're thinking about joining a homeschool co-op, there are lots of wonderful reasons to do so. This is especially true if you're brand-new to homeschooling. Here are a few reasons why joining a homeschool co-op could be beneficial to your family.
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