So, you want to homeschool?
Before I had kids, if you would have asked if I would homeschool, I would have responded with a resounding, “HEEEEECK NO!” Never did I imagine that I would soon be starting this journey but thats life isn’t it? So should you be in the same boat, know that you’re not alone! I think its healthy and valuable to talk out your fears so allow me to do just that…
Fear #1 – You are your child’s teacher.
This means there’s no one else! YOU are the one held responsible if they’re not calculating algebraic equations or don’t have their shoes on the right feet. That’s a lot of responsibility to bare!
On top of that, it takes WORK! Who’s heard from their teacher friends about long days and late nights spent writing lesson plans? I know I have!
Being my child’s teacher means that I must be willing to put in the work, research and dedication to make my child a success. Which brings me to my next fear…
Fear #2 – Am I enough?
Aside from this question being one that many women struggle with in general, Ive found that its especially prevalent when considering homeschooling.
We are conditioned to believe that the traditional school model is the BEST way to educate our children.
Because after all, they’ve got TEACHERS with DEGREES and EXPERIENCE. The title of Teacher is synonymous with years of schooling and possibly some letters behind your name – so of course, its no wonder we feel inadequate!
Fear #3 – I won’t have enough patience.
As an introvert, I fill my reserve by having time alone. At this point in life, I get two GLORIOUS, 3-hour long sessions a week where I can steal away to recharge while my kids attend Montessori.
This, THIS, is probably the single most daunting aspect of homeschooling – being with my children ALL DAY, EVERY DAY.
Just saying that makes my eye start to twitch a bit. So this will certainly be a challenge we will have to navigate.
Any tips from you more seasoned, homeschooling folks?!
But as much as there is to fear and fret over, there is SO much more to be excited about!
My kids will be home with me all day!
“Wait…weren’t you just complaining about that?” …yes, BUT them being home all day means I wont miss a thing! So when my 3 year old succeeds in cutting along a straight line, Ill be there.
Or when addition and subtraction finally CLICK for my 6 year old, Ill be the first to congratulate him.
Keeping them home means I get a front-and-center-view as they discover all that life has to teach them!
Freedom and flexibility
While I acknowledge that different states require varying documentation, there is such freedom and flexibility in homeschooling. My kids have been attending a Montessori preschool/kinder for the last few years. I know what the “morning hustle” is like and it usually entails some sort of yelling and everyone starting the day frustrated and on edge.
Homeschooling means we can make our own schedule and change it as necessary! “Need to run errands today? Sure! Read to me while we drive.” or “Lets go to the aquarium and learn about invertebrates.”
Oh, and can we all have a moment of silence for no longer having to pack lunches?! WINNING.
Because I know I can…
We can all remember Thomas the Train chugging up hill chanting “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.” Im a firm believer that we can speak things into existence through the power of our words and thoughts!
So if you think you can do something, you can! If you think you cant, you’re right! I KNOW I can do this and so can you! I KNOW I can have patience and do the work necessary to teach my children! And should I need a reminder of that, Ive got an AMAZING tribe of homeschooling mommas to back me up!
So what were some fears you had about homeschooling and how did you address them?