Thursday, April 7, 2011
I get told by many people that they do not know how I homeschool. Not questioning my ability to homeschool, like I am to stupid to do it but my ability to spend all day with my kids and not go insane! This comment always floors me, because not only do I love my kids but spending time with them is important to me. One day soon, they will be grown and move on. IMHO, homeschooling is easier than sending my kids to public school. I no longer have to deal with fundraisers, crabby teachers, lunch money, hours of homework, tired kids and parent supervised field-trips for lots of unruly kids. My first advice to new homeschoolers is always are you or are you planning on being a religious homeschooler or secular homeschooler. We are secular but many people are religious and would prefer a more Christian approach to homeschooling. Either choice can limit what curriculum I recommend, lest someone get offended by content. Next is get organized, because it makes your job as the homeschooling parent a heck of a lot easier. Figure out where you will do the homeschooling, kitchen, dining room, living room, the whole house, etc. We do ours in the kitchen. We refigured the layout, we added shelving for the daycare toys AND homeschooling. We bought covered storage containers for all the supplies, books, curriculum, paper, pencils, etc. we might need. When we started, they had a few things in them. Now, they are packed and in need of a go-thru. Our first year, we did nothing but Time 4 Learning(our curriculum of choice) while our whole house got used to the idea. Lots of change to have both my boys home now, for them to be together 24/7, Mom to lose her quiet time, etc. Our 2nd and 3rd(current) year we have added lots of other stuff to our daily regimen but I tell others that how they organize their day is totally up to them, homeschooling is a choice not a sentence! To me the biggest joy of homeschooling is catering it for my family, doing what we want-when we want and the fact that I get to spend some wonderful years with my boys before they grow up and become men!!