Thinking about homeschooling? Maybe, you are just curious and wonder what in the world would one need to think about before they get started on this homeschooling lifestyle.
I made a list of a few things that I think are important to have set in place before you dive in to the world of homeschooling.
* I honestly feel that the Lord put a desire in my heart to educate my children. I wouldn’t have done it had I not felt that nudge. I have always felt that you should feel the call to homeschool. How would you feel that call? *It is always on your mind and you can’t shake it, you can’t imagine sending your child to a public or private school, you have total peace about it and you have the blessing of your husband to go for it.
*You love being around your children. That sounds crazy doesn’t it? There are actually people that will tell you they couldn’t stand to be with their kids all day. That always puzzled me. Trust me, I understand that we all need a break every now and then and need to have some “me time.” But, to actually not enjoy your children at all times is hard for me to understand. So enjoying your children and love having them around is very important.
*You love your home. You really need to enjoy making a home by seeing that it is organized, orderly, safe, comfortable and a place that your family loves being in. You run your home like a well oiled machine. If staying home and being at home most of the time drives you crazy, homeschooling may not be the thing for you. There are moms/wives who just can’t stay home; they get bored or they don’t feel like they have any worth by being at home. I would say that loving to stay home and taking care of your home would be one of the things at the top of the list.
*Your marriage is intact. By intact, I mean you and your husband are on the same page and you don’t have severe marital issues. I’ve always thought, what is the point in homeschooling your children if your marriage is out of sorts. Loving and honoring your husband/wife comes before your children. A secure mom and dad is the best education you can give your children; way before reading, writing and arithmetic! I once heard a marriage counselor say, “If you and your husband are having marriage problems, it is imperative to get it worked out and have a marriage as God designed and if it means putting your children in public school to do that, then that is what you must do.” I have seen what I thought was a strong homeschooling family and then be shocked when the news was that the parents were divorcing. How sad that must be for those children. Make sure that you and your husband keep your marriage strong and take care of any problems before they get pushed to the back burner.
*You have done your research. Do you admire someone that home schools? Then call them and glean as much wisdom from them that you can. Study learning styles and curriculum choices. I would encourage you to go to a Homeschool Conference and you will be amazed at what all is available, not to mention the workshops on so many much needed topics. (*I will be sharing resources and conference information this week.)
*Know your child. I mean really know them…study them. Know their personality trait and their learning style. What is it that they are the most interested in? To me, that is the best part of homeschooling, designing their education plan around who they are. Know their strong points and their weaknesses. As a mom/teacher you want your child to excel in every area.
*Put in writing why you are homeschooling. I’m a big believer in mission statements. You need to have a reminder of why you are doing what you are doing and what you are willing to do to succeed. As I have written just the little bit I have about what you need to have set before you begin to homeschool, I have realized once again, that homeschooling is not for the faint of heart, you must be sure of yourself and committed to educating your children. You will have things pop up here and there that will make you question what you are doing and you will have others question you as well. When you have that mission statement or purpose statement written out and maybe even posted where you can read it regularly, it will be a reminder of why you are doing what you are doing. Many times you will be your own cheerleader, you don’t have time to second guess yourself and question yourself. You can’t depend on others to always be affirming you in what you are doing. If you wait for that, you might be waiting a long time.
So much more I could share, but I will stop there. I think that is a good starter for if you are thinking about homeschooling. Maybe your have been homeschooling for a while and this is a good reminder to take care of some things that need taking care of before you continue on. You are doing so much more than just teaching your child how to read. You are shaping them to be a light in this world and to make a difference in whatever path they choose. You have a big job and it isn’t to be taken lightly. You are molding, shaping and showing your child how to follow the path that has been set and ordered for them. Great and mighty things will be done because of your tenacity and your willingness to spend your child’s educating years focused on building them to be all they can be.
It could be that you don’t homeschool but you know someone that does. This is your chance to understand just a little bit in just how serious it is and how important it is to lift that mom and dad up in prayer and with encouraging words. Don’t forget the kiddos. They need affirmation as well. Ask them about their homeschooling and speak words of kindness and challenge them to study hard and learn all they can.
Don’t forget about the amazing giveaway at the end of this series. For each comment that you leave, your name will go in a drawing to win a subscription to one of my favorite homeschooling magazines and a prayer calendar/journal.
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