Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Is Homeschooling Right For You?

There are many people who want to homeschool but are not sure where to start.  Here are a few tips that I hope will help.

1.  Talk with your spouse. Homeschooling is a family decision and you should include your partner every step of the way.  Make a list of pros and cons.  Talk about how it will affect your family.  Is it right for both you and for your children?  Maybe it is better for one child and not the other?  Homeschooling should not be taken lightly and deciding whether to do it may take a while.  No matter what though, you and your spouse should be on the same page. 

2.  Talk with other homeschoolers.  Homeschool parents love to share ideas.  They can offer support and advice on homeschooling, and can tell you how they started and what obstacles they may have faced.  Sharing your concerns with other parents who have been in your shoes can be helpful!

3.  Join a homeschool group.  Some groups may accept you even if you haven't started homeschooling yet.  It doesn't hurt to ask.  It is a great way to have a circle of friends for both you and your children.  We have been in the same homeschool group since our daughter was three (and obviously we were officially homeschooling then).

4.  Research online.  There is so much information on homeschooling online it can be overwhelming, but if you find a good website, group, or homeschool forum, you can ask questions and find some great resources.

5.  Budget.  If you were working prior to homeschooling, it may be a financial adjustment.  You can do it though!  Homeschool families come in all shapes and sizes, even single parents can homeschool.  We budgeted when our daughter was first born, but didn't anticipate me still being at home 7 1/2 years later.   It takes some adjustment, but it can be done.

6.  Pray!  Homeschooling is a big commitment and is not a good fit for every family.  Pray for discernment and help on making the right decision.   Maybe now is not the right time for your family but next year is.  Give it to the Lord and listen for His response.

I hope if you are on the fence about homeschooling, these tips have helped.  Even though it is a commitment, the rewards are so great!!  These years with your children are very precious!  I could not see myself doing anything else! 



Hey Christine: It always amazes me that the most popular posts don't have many comments. So I thought I'd leave one. This is a great, balanced post.

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