10 Things Every New Homeschooler Needs to Know is from contributing writer Jen @ Forever, For Always, No Matter What
Here are 10 things that every new homeschooler needs to know – some been there, done that tips! Starting on this journey is scary but oh so rewarding. Have joy in your journey and know that you are not alone.
Homeschooling Advice: 10 Things Every New Homeschooler Needs to Know
1. There is no perfect curriculum
Don’t spend your every waking moment searching for the perfect curriculum, it’s not out there. You will find methods that work better than others, but nothing is absolutely perfect and will probably take a bit of tweaking here and there.
Read More: Letting Go of Curriculum Guilt
2. Relationships are more important than books
Sometimes it’s necessary to put aside the books and work on relationships. Homeschooling is a family lifestyle, not just another form of school.
3. Do what works for your family
Keep your eyes on your own work and don’t fall into the comparison trap.
4. Be willing to let some things go
It’s challenging to have a perfectly decorated home, a spotlessly clean home, laundry caught up and a gourmet meal on the table every single day. It’s okay to let one (or more!) of those things go. You haven’t failed as a wife, mom, or teacher.
Read More: Keeping a Tidy Home While Homeschooling
5. Be flexible
Be willing to put the books away if a friend calls and invites you on a picnic. Be willing to be spontaneous and flexible; it can be some of the best learning days.
6. Set goals
How do you know how far you’ve come if you don’t know where you started?
7. Write a mission statement
Write down your “why” so you can refer to it on those crazy “why am I doing this?” days
8. Expect criticism
Not everyone is going to agree with your decision to homeschool. Be confident you are making the right choice for your family.
9. Everyone feels like quitting at some point
It’s true. Everyone feels like throwing in the towel at some point. Really.
Read More: Homeschool: When You Feel Like Giving Up
10. Have fun learning together as a family, but every lesson doesn’t need to be fun!
Some things in life just have to be done whether we find them fun or not. Same is true of school. Sometimes we have to buckle down and do hard things.
Welcome to the wonderful world of homeschooling!
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10 Things Every New Homeschooler Needs to Know was originally published on July 15, 2013. It was updated in June 2017.