Six things any new-to-homeschooling parent should do…..

6 Things Any New to Homeschooling Parent Should Do www.followinginhisfootsteps.wordpress.com #homeschooling

Today  I had an opportunity to share via phone, and then email, with a mom who is pulling her daughter out of public school NOW, at the end of the school year. What I have copied below is almost exactly what I sent to her via email. I wanted to post it here, as they are words I wish someone had said to me when I first began homeschooling. 

1) My first advice is to take a deep breath! It can feel overwhelming to be taking such a drastic step, especially if it’s sudden. Things will be fine, you just have to figure some stuff out. And believe me, even after 6 years, I constantly have to figure ‘stuff’ out!

2) Check out the web site for HSLDA.

http://www.hslda.org/

There is great information there regarding homeschooling laws. Arming yourself with correct information will help you to be prepared and confident in the event that someone gives you inaccurate information as ‘facts’.

3) Read as much as you can about homeschooling in general. There are a lot of good books at the library as well as at the bookstore. Pick others’ brains, because those who are doing the homeschooling ‘grind’ every day can give you a clear, realistic picture about what is involved.

4) Read about the various homeschooling methods. While doing so, consider the way you like to learn, as well as how your child likes to learn. It may take some time to figure this out for him/her, as he/she has been told what to learn in school. You have the freedom to learn together whatever it is you want! Isn’t that exhilarating?! Google homeschooling, unschooling, learning at home…..tons of web sites will pop up for reading. Don’t get overwhelmed! Pick and choose. It is a constant learning process. I am still reading about methods, types of curriculum, etc. all the time.

5) Be sure to include God in your home school. It is easy to overlook that. Academics is just one small part of homeschooling, and life in general. I am still learning to do this, and we are in the process of adding more of God’s word each day as I write this.

6) Feel free to join activities, utilize teachers at homeschooling classes or co-ops, online…..whatever you think will work for you. But, remember that God gave you YOUR child(ren). Even when you think you are not equipped (and believe me, I feel that way A LOT), He knows that you are. Prayer and always seeking His best will get you through this just like it does everything else. You may decide NOT to attend any activities and just stay home with your child. OR go out to the zoo, the science center, the library, grocery shopping, let him/her help you with your work (or your husband’s work), bake cookies together. ALL of these activities are learning experiences and potential bonding times!

Hopefully, what I have shared will also help others who are beginning the journey, or even those who are already in the midst but need some encouragement.

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About Wendy Woerner

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8 Responses to Six things any new-to-homeschooling parent should do…..

  1. Karen says:

    Great advice! I’m going to pass this along too. It’s overwhelming but your suggestions are empowering. Thank you!

  2. inhistiming says:

    Oh, I’m so glad it’s helpful! I just want people to know it is possible and that the self-doubt is normal, but really not necessary. And, I need to reiterate that I DO NOT have this all down pat! There are days when I still doubt myself, but I know my God is bigger than anything else I can be presented with, so I continue to place my trust in Him…..by the minute, if necessary! 😉

  3. Erin Lee says:

    Is that bookshelf pictured above in your home?? Will you come over and color code my life Hee hee

    • inhistiming says:

      Um, no! I wish. 🙂 If you look at the bottom of my post you’ll see the photo credit info. It does look nice, though. We have shelves, just need to get them all organized in a better way!

  4. Great advice! One semester of homeschooling is complete as of today-breathing deeply and letting God guide. Number 6 is indeed a challenge, but balance is on the horizon. 🙂

    • inhistiming says:

      I’m so glad you came on over to read! Hope it was helpful. I remember my first year….but I’ll let you in on a little secret. This is our 7th year, and there are still days, weeks, even months, when we may get out of balance. It is a constant back and forth of tweaking, evaluating, and moving forward again. I love it, but it is work to keep it all ‘flowing’ well. 🙂 Welcome to the journey! I do hope you’ll visit again.

  5. Prey Species says:

    Love this: “Academics is just one small part of homeschooling, and life in general.” This is something I have to remember even for myself 🙂 My itty bitty is just 6 months so we are still in the explore and figure it out stage….I will be taking your advice….and I’m with Erin I too am pining for that bookshelf 🙂

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