Welcome New Homeschoolers! Please read and be encouraged by the comments below from those who have made it through their first year of homeschooling and beyond.
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If you are new to homeschooling you might be feeling:
- Sick to your stomach
We’ve all been there. Here are some encouraging thoughts from moms who have been there, made it through the first year and want to share what they have learned:
I wish I would have known that the invisible bar I thought was there measuring my success or failure was just a figment of my imagination. I learned to stop measuring everything by that imaginary line and start enjoying my children. Learning doesn’t have to be a stressful thing. In fact much more true learning took place when I was relaxed and enjoying the school day.
I was really stressed right before each of my kids started to be “officially home schooled”. As I drew close to God, He began giving me peace. I wanted someone else to tell me how to do it, but God wanted to show me how. I wanted a certain curriculum, but God showed me how to do it without one (on our budget – using books from Wal mart & library during their first years). Teaching them to read is the most important thing when they are first starting school & this is taught by reading beginner reading books to them.
Something I wish someone would have told me when I first started is to just enjoy being a mom, spending time with them and teaching them how to have a relationship with Jesus. Teaching them the bible is more important than anything else I will ever teach them (it really equips them for life.)
I wish I would have realized that it’s ok to not be anal about sticking to a schedule. I used to drive myself cuckoo and then feel like such a bad teacher/failure! Now we take things one day at a time.
You do not have get everything done in a day! And homeschool will not look like a traditional classroom. That might seem obvious, but we seem to try and take the idea of a school classroom and put that into our home
For new families… How early you need to plan ahead to be a good steward of financial resources with discounts. How our Co-op purposely places its calendar around the CAPE Homeschool Convention and CAPE Fall Retreat, in order to be a part of it all. Many new homeschooling families don’t realize they can be a part of a Science Group, a band… all these things and still do their own home school, our Co-op and electives too. I think often new homeschool families find out about things after the deadline has passed, so I think it’s important to give them a heads up of when they need to look into certain organizations, events, etc… to be prepared way b4 the deadline.
My first year of Home schooling, I learned how to be disciplined. I learned that I was home for my kids and school had to get done daily. I also learned that school could consist of Bible and one subject or a field trip day. If I could do my first years over, I would keep it all the same, but incorporate no stressing for feeling that I wasn’t doing it all!
Begin with the end in mind! Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 12 “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”
When our plans and God’s plans are the same, we can relax & concentrate on the work before us. Teaching our children is a confusing, loving, maddening, exciting, moving, yet glorious experience. They will learn to read. They will learn their addition facts, multiplication table, how to write a paragraph, then an essay, then a research paper. It WILL happen! Take the Accuplacer for CNM, enter the workforce, take the GED and/or ACT, graduate from college and go on to grad school! Most importantly, they will grow in there relationship with the Lord. They are all on a different timetable.
Here is our instruction: Verse 12 “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” When times are tough – or not – The Lord is there to listen and guide us. We can lean on Him and each other. His plans for our children are established. Enjoy the treasure hunt!!