Homeschooling: You Can Do It!

Getting eaten by a dinosaur, my daughters Emily and Louisa at a science museum field trip.

Getting eaten by a dinosaur, my daughters Emily and Louisa at a science museum field trip.

Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with the thought of homeschooling? Are you considering this lifestyle change? Have you just made the decision to homeschool and wonder how to jump in to this adventure?

I think we all struggle to juggle all our duties as mom, wife, homeschool teacher, good neighbor,church member, housekeeper, and more. As you catch the vision of homeschooling, it gets lots easier and the fun will outweigh the “overwhelm”.

Come with me and build your homeschool from “survival” to “super”! Each day can get better. Nobody gets there overnight. It takes practice to learn to homeschool well. I’ve been at it for 25+ years and finally feel very comfy in my teacher’s “hat”. . . and suddenly I’m running out of kids to homeschool! I would feel it a privilege and an honor to be a part of strengthening your family and your homeschool!

I am going to give you some easy little assignments, but if you take them seriously, you’ll notice a difference in the climate of your homeschool immediately. It will get happier. More fun. You’ll enjoy your children more. They will think homeschooling sounds like a great idea.

We’ll eventually work on: setting up a schedule, creating a teaching plan, disciplining and getting respect for mom as teacher, motivating kids to happily do their work, making teaching and learning fun, and more.

We’ll go with easy steps. You’ll see that YOU CAN DO IT!

The rewards?

*getting to know and like and love your kids

*learning something yourself (I have a college degree but I definitely learned what I know in homeschool, notin college!)

*greater family unity

*teens who listen to your advice because they’ve grown up respecting you

*academic excellence of which you will be amazed!

*more mature kids who are not so prone to peer pressure

*stronger faith in God

*upbeat happiness in your home!

YOU CAN DO IT! Your love for your child makes you the most qualified teacher.

Ready for Homeschooling Assignment #1?

P.S. As soon as you do Homeschooling Assignment #1 , you can move on to #2, and so forth. Just don’t overwhelm yourself. One assignment a week will do, or you can plan to do a few a week. I just don’t want you getting stressed and feeling like you have to do more and more. You are already doing quite a bit, just to be involved in homeschooling (whether you are considering it, just starting, or “keeping on”). So, try to add one assignment at a time until you and your family feel the benefit and think you want more.

Laugh with Me


I just explained a writing assignment to my darling daughter Louisa who is 8 years old. The assignment said, “Describe a family problem and give your advice how to solve it”.

Louisa responded with great enthusiasm, “Oh, that’s easy! We have LOTS of family problems!”

Out of the mouth of babes. . . .

 

 

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A Plea to Homeschoolers: Do it!

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“I hear you are one who really does homeschool”, someone in my community told me in a casual conversation.

“Oh, really?”, I replied. “How do you know?”

“Because Vi told me you do it,” she returned.

“How does Vi know?” I asked.

“Because she’s your neighbor. She should know.”

“Well, I don’t know how”, I laughed. “She sure hasn’t come to sit in on my homeschool!”

This conversation left me disturbed and pondering. It brought to mind a similar conversation three years earlier when an acquaintance introduced me to her visiting mother. “She’s one who really does homeschool”, she had said to her mother in reference to me. When I asked her what she meant by that, she explained, “Everyone that I know that homeschools really doesn’t do it. They just take their kids out of school and then don’t teach them. I guess they use them for babysitters or to do their housework. Or maybe they think they will teach them but never get around to it.”

This woman was a very nonjudgmental person and it surprised me to hear her make such a statement. Of course, I felt defensive! I felt like coming to bat for all my fellow homeschoolers. Then I looked around and realized that her experience with other homeschoolers had certainly formed her opinion. She had seen homeschooled children at church, not able to read at eight, nine and ten years old.

Mothers, may I plead with you to do it! If you choose to homeschool, make the commitment to be devoted to making sure your children get a better education than they could get at public school. This type of devotion means that homeschooling must take priority over the phone, drop-in visitors, meetings, appointments, personal projects and housekeeping at least for a few hours everyday. My purpose in homeschooling is to ensure that my children are taught the truth. But if my own efforts to teach my children are so lacking priority that I cannot help them learn to read until it has become a burden and an embarrassment to them, then I will contribute to the bad name that homeschooling has become to many.

Yes, homeschooling is a tremendous task! It takes the best of what I have to give every single day. It keeps me from doing much shopping, cleaning house and socializing. But I feel so very blessed to be very good friends with my children and to be the one to give them the keys to understanding their life. Education is a marvelous liberator! When you teach a child to read or do math or in any other way to make sense of things, particularly with a Christian perspective, you give a precious gift. In the process, you become soul-mates. Enjoy that blessed opportunity!

 

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