So We’re Homeschooling...Now What??
Just the thought of homeschooling to a newcomer can be so daunting and frightening! There are so many options out there - video classes, co-ops, full curriculums, mix and match curriculums, school planners, year-round vs. summers off, the list goes on and on. It can be so overwhelming and the knowledge that your children’s education and future depends on your choices only adds to the mental stress.
But you know what? I’m going to tell you a secret that I wish I had been told when we first started homeschooling. Five little letters that will make all the difference -
That’s it! Just relax and take your time - your kids will turn out fine! In my opinion, the best option when you first start homeschooling is to take a few months off (or longer) to just “unschool” and learn about your family, your kids, and yourself.
What are you going to use this time to do? Have fun with your kids, reconnect with them, read books with them, go on nature walks, go geocaching, paint rocks, cook, draw, and just learn what your kids are interested in.
When we first started homeschooling after I started my SAHM (stay-at-home mom) job, I had in my mind a very structured, timely schedule that I put pressure on myself to get the kids to follow. Big noob mistake!
The very first day that I was home with the kids I tried to follow my schedule, only to feel like a complete failure by the end of the day. The pushback I received from the kids made me wonder if I had made a grave mistake. But looking back now I realize that I had tried to completely change their routine in a day. No wonder there was pushback!
What I should have done is to just RELAX, and take a few months to reconnect with them, learn about them and what they liked to do. It would have made for a much smoother transition to homeschooling! Kids learn so much from just living life, watching us, and playing. So just relax during these first few months, and read, cook, and play with your kiddos. You won’t regret it and your planner definitely won’t miss it. You’ll gain irreplaceable time with them and make memories that will last a lifetime!
I’ll have another post soon going over what style of homeschooling style you may identify with. No one style fits every family so it’s nice to have a list to see what may work best for you!
Until then, relax, you’ve got this! <3