How do you know if you are ready for homeschooling? Homeschooling could be both fun and challenging at the same time. Learn whether you homeschooling is right for your family using a few critical tips in this article.
Homeschooling can be one of the most rewarding and most stressful undertakings, depending on how one does it. Before you can decide if this is the right path for you and your family, you should take into consideration the following points.
How to Tell if Homeschooling is Right for Your Family
Will you be comfortable spending so much with your children, every single day?
When homeschooling, you will spend a lot of time with your children. You need to figure out whether this is something you can do. If you are the kind of parents who seek to have time away from their kids, this might not be the right choice for you.
While our kids were young, this was a tough one for me. As our kids have gotten older though, I've grown to LOVE this part of homeschooling.
Where will you find information about homeschooling?
You will need to know as much as possible about homeschooling. Luckily for you, there’s a lot of information available online and you can always visit your local education office to learn more about this. You will need this information if this is to succeed. Google is your best friend!
Do you have support systems?
Support systems come in different forms. You can link up with other homeschoolers in your locality to exchange ideas and learn about the challenges others face and how to overcome them. If you have support from your other family members, it would make this experience much smoother. Even just knowing one other homeschool family at the same stage or a little further ahead of you can make a world of difference!
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Teaching kids is a delicate affair that requires a lot of patience and understanding. Your kids might have a hard time grasping simple elementary and it can really test your patience. Identify if this is something you are really capable of doing without blowing your top down the line. Of course, you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you, so this may be a moot point. 🙂
How long will you have to homeschool your kids?
This is an important question because it will assist you in creating a clear roadmap and schedule for your kids and the rest of the family. You do not want to keep destabilizing them when things get tough- and they will at some point! Is your choice a temporary one? Or are you making this choice for the long haul. Neither answer is wrong, but you need to know.
What curriculum do you choose?
This could be a tough one and making this decision alone is not advisable. Visit your local education offices and learn about what they offer. Then talk to other homeschoolers and learn about how they picked their curriculum and how it is working out for them. Google again is your friend here, as you can find many curriculum reviews online. Armed with this information, you can now choose the best curriculum for your kids.
Where will you get study material?
Some beginner homeschoolers make mistakes when it comes to getting materials for their kids. Most buy expensive and sometimes irrelevant material only to discard them at some corner of the house, unused. Head over to the local library and get the best books for your kids. Your network of other homeschoolers could also come in handy to offer you pointers on this bit. Ask me how I know this one! #beentheredonethat
Will you be bothered by being constantly bombarded with questions?
Kids will ask you questions all the time and this could drive you crazy if you are not ready and prepared for this. Ask yourself if you are comfortable with being asked, and answering questions all the time. If this bothers you, you are probably not ready for homeschooling.
Dean and I have always answered our kids questions with full answers. For example, we never brush off a question, but rather explain in a way that each child would understand at the age they asked. I think this one goes a long way to having kids who love to learn.
There are other ways of evaluating whether you are ready to homeschool, of course. The major point to remember is that you will be spending a large part of your time with your kids. You would need to be adequately prepared and be ready for a thrilling ride…although much like having kids, you're never totally prepared!
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