30 Truths about Homeschooling

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When we first began homeschooling, it seems like an exciting, scary, wonderful, overwhelming endeavor – one that I knew little about. In the ensuing 9 years, we’ve had good moments and bad moments. We’ve laughed and we’ve cried. We’ve tried and erred. And, I’ve learned a few truths that I wish I’d known from the beginning.

1.       My homeschool doesn’t have to look like a public school classroom, my best friend’s homeschool or my favorite blogger’s homeschool.

2.      It’s HOMEschool, not homeSCHOOL.

3.       Being flexible is an asset, not a character flaw.

4.       The days may drag by, but the years fly. Enjoy the days.

5.       This, too, shall pass.

6.       Sometimes tossing the lesson plans out the window and heading out for an impromptu field trip or snuggling under the covers with a few good books is the best course of action.

7.       There will be days when you cry, scream, and feel like throwing in the towel – before lunch.

8.       There will be days and moments that make up for #7.

9.       Ticonderoga pencils really are the “world’s best pencil.”

10.   You will doubt yourself. That shows that you’re human, not a failure.

11.   Homeschooling is about 30% academics, 70% relationships/character building.

12.   Don’t ever disdain the way someone else’s school looks. There are many seasons in life and, at some point before your children graduate, your homeschool may look like the one you currently disdain.

13.   If you have more than one child, you don’t ever have to worry about your kids not knowing how to deal with a bully or engage in conflict resolution.

14.   If you have more than one child, you don’t ever have to worry about your kids not having friends – despite how they may act at times.

15.   They will learn to read.

16.   Not only can you tailor your school to your child’s natural talents and gifts, you should.

17.   Just because public schools put all the emphasis on reading, writing, and math, while largely ignoring the fine arts doesn’t mean you have to.

18.   Focus on what you ARE accomplishing, rather than on what is falling by the wayside.

19.   There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1

20.   No one ever said homeschooling was easy.

21.   Taking a “life skills” day to catch up on laundry, housework and cooking has educational value and, on occasion, can save your sanity.

22.   Quality literature can provide much more educational value than dry textbooks.

23.  The project/science experiment/craft doesn’t have to go exactly as planned to have educational value. Some of the greatest inventions were the result of “failures.”

24.   God gave you your family for a reason. Do what works for you.

25.   Rabbit trails can provide some of the most memorable learning moments and memories that your family will treasure.

26. Games can be a fun, inexpensive way to teach new concepts or review skills.

27. It’s great when school can be fun, but it’s not your job to entertain your kids. Sometimes we have to do things that aren’t fun. That’s life.

28. Sometimes that skill you’ve been trying forever to pound into your kid’s head takes off like wildfire when their interest level catches up to their skill level – or vice versa.

29. Having a certain meal for each day of the week makes planning lunches a whole lot simpler.

30. Investing in your kids will always be worth the time, struggle, and temporary frustration.

Kris is the sweet-tea-drinking, classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She chronicles her transformation from morbidly obese couch potato to 5K runner on her fitness blog, Eclipsed.


Comments

  1. Beth Richards says

    31. Homeschooling may not be inexpensive.
    32. Sometimes your kids will not reflect the character training you have provided for them. they will go their own way.
    33. It’s OK to ask for help- with teaching, doing laundry, cooking, driving. I asked for help from the school district (gasp!!) when I had exhausted my resources with my disabled kid.
    34. Some people will never get it.
    35. It’s OK to explore alternatives.

  2. Paige says

    I had to laugh, because I know #12 is true :). This post if full of wonderful homeschooing truths, thanks for sharing!

  3. Donna says

    Loved your thirty and Beth’s added five. Thank you for sharing.

    We do “Wild Days” aka nature studies…

    We also do “Crazy Days” aka field trips. #6!

    You probably meant #19 Ecclesiastes 3:1

  4. says

    All good truths! My favorites: #7 and #8. So thankful for #8!!

    Kinda wonder about #9, though. We stand by our mechanical pencils! :)

  5. says

    We are new to homeschooling this year and I wish I could have read this list before starting! Thanks for sharing…But I am with Sara, I have recently become hooked on mechanical pencils…Ticonderoga are a close second though. :)

  6. Mliss says

    This was SO good to read – so good in fact, I am going to print it out and stick it on my pin board. Thanks for taking the time to compile it, type it out and share it.
    MUCH appreciation!

  7. Debbie Crawford says

    Thanks for posting these! They are all true and time flies faster than we anticipate! As a veteran homeschooler I needed these to remind me to slow down with my kids and enjoy the time we spend together!

  8. Tirtza says

    Great reasons, Kris :) I am going to share this post with my theblogfrog.com community. Thanks a lot, and waiting to read more of these.

  9. says

    Yes, Kris! So true! New homeschool moms must heed #12 – we start out so idealistically, but not everything works with every child. You may have to embrace change and adapt as you go along (see Beth’s #35).
    Can I add ~
    #36. You can homeschool through high school
    #37. High school homeschool is different to homeschooling the young scholar. Older students are much more involved in what, where and how they study.
    #38. Have fun with toddlers! Enjoy happy junior school days! Explore every opportunity in those middle school days and be free to follow delight-directed studies. All too soon, serious academics change this liberty (see #37)

  10. says

    i loved this! especially the parts about the pencils, and the bully, and the friends…
    and enjoy the days. so true, so true!
    thanks!

  11. says

    I just sent my daughter back to public school and some days I miss homeschooling terribly. It was the right decision at this point in our lives but you’ve inspired me to remember to keep afterschooling. I especially love numbers 6. and 30. Thanks for this. I’m definitely going to share it. :)

  12. Tom says

    Greetings,

    FYI,

    The quote in #19 is from Ecclesiastes 3:1 and not Ephesians 3:1

    Sincerely,

    Tom

    • says

      Thanks for catching that, Tom. One of these days, I’m going to be able to afford a professional proof-reader…or just be able to get the kids to be quiet long enough for me to think. ;-)

  13. Robin says

    My most important “aha” moment was when I realized, if I want my children to have the best academic education, I should send them to a private school. If I want them to have the best foundation for life, I should teach them at home. Our children are all grown, respectable, contributing adults today. Praise God.

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