If you are considering homeschooling you will probably ask yourself this very question: Will Homeschool work for me?
My honest answer? I don’t know. Now, if you ask me should I give it a try? I would definitely say YES! I’ve been homeschooling for 5 years now and even though I homeschool only one child I still have to prepare the material we will be using, I still have to prepare myself for the week, find out which curriculum will I use every new school year. I also have to grade and file paperwork, plan fun activities, and the list goes on and on.
The list of responsibilities is a long one but the blessings that come with it are endless and priceless. That being said, how can you go on about figuring out if homeschooling might be a good fit for you and your family? As I mentioned before I don’t have the answer for you, but I do have a few things I can share with you so you can make an informed decision.
You want to give your child the best education and discipline is a very important aspect of homeschooling. Some states are really strict regarding how many days of schooling, how many hours of school per day, what needs to be taught and in some other states you are completely and solely responsible for making sure your child receives the education that is acceptable regarding the state’s education laws. Regardless of what state you live in and what it requires, you will have to be disciplined and make sure your child has a schedule or routine for schooling and you’ll have to learn how to handle distractions that will come your way while homeschooling.
Time and Money
You’ll need to buy the material and curricula that will be used, so keep that in mind, as not many states offer support to homeschooling families. There are some parents that are great in finding used curriculum, books and they keep the costs down, but homeschooling isn’t cheap. You will also spend a lot of time planning and teaching. Some parents found ways to homeschool their children for free and in this case resourcefulness and research will be your best friends if your budget is very limited.
Knowing your homeschooling style is important because it will help you in choosing the right curricula for your homeschool and help you succeed.
There are so many great options out there: Unschooling, Montessori, Classical, Eclectic, Charlotte Manson, Waldorf, and more.
We are Eclectic Homeschoolers because I pick something from this and that style and many families are like that too. When I started Homeschooling we basically did things like in a school but at home, then I learned more about the other styles and started adding this and that to our routine. A while back we had the opportunity for V to get her schooling for free at home but it was an online program and I chose not to do it because I wanted to be active in teaching her, I wanted to know what she was learning and I definitely didn’t want V to be in front of a screen most of the day, but that was my choice, you might like this better than the other options.
Want to find out about other Homeschooling Styles? Check the links below:
- Eclectic Homeschoolers
- School At Home
- Classical Homeschoolers
- Charlotte Manson
- Waldorf Homeschooling
- Montessori Homeschooling
- Unit Studies Approach to Homeschooling
You will have to find out your state requirements and laws. This is a big deal, because you’ll need to comply with the education laws of the state you live in. You can find more information at the HSLDA: Homeschooling Advocates website.
Homeschooling is fun, rewarding and a great way to connect and bond with your child or children. You can explore the world with them and guide them on exploring the world themselves. Learning is fun and teaching is fun too, but there are responsibilities that come with it and they are not light ones, so I also recommend that you talk to other homeschooling families, do some more research and then you’ll be equipped to make an informed decision and will feel confident about it!
* The information presented in this post is solely provided for informational purposes and is not be used nor considered as professional advice.
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