Many moms out there might be pondering whether or not they should homeschool for the next year during the summer (some might be even considering switching mid-year).
Maybe your child hasn’t entered school yet. If they have, maybe something happened during the last school year that has you wondering if public school is the best option. Or maybe you just want to spend more quality time with your child.
If you are thinking about homeschooling your but you’re scared to homeschool I want to encourage you to get informed.
There are many ways your can find information about homeschooling topics such as:
- How to homeschool little ones
- How to homschool teens
- How to organize/structure your homeschool
- What are your state’s requirements
- What curriculum should you use
The information can be overwhelming, so here are three tips for starting homeschool even when you’re scared to homeschool.
3 Tips for Starting Homeschool When You’re Scared to Homeschool
Tackle One Topic at a Time
Personally, I’m like a butterfly. I flit from one thing to another so quickly and randomly that everyone in my family wonders how I get anything done.
This is NOT a good technique when it comes to homeschooling.
Pick one thing to focus on and completely secure your decision on that topic and THEN move on.
Don’t try to decide which curriculum you should use AND decorate a schoolroom at the same time.
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Being intentional in your focus will take the pressure off and you’ll reduce your fear of homeschooling your children.
Don’t Try to Figure It All Out
Life is messy. It’s a fact. No one has it all together. No one.
Homeschooling is a part of life, so it falls under the umbrella of messy.
Trying to secure every part of your homeschooling routine will lead to burnout.
Allow homeschooling to be a little uncertain. The Bible says this:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34
Do what you need to today, and let tomorrow figure itself out.
Get Advice from Experts
There is no reason you need to re-invent the wheel. There are many moms that have gone before you, so allow them to help you out in order to avoid homeschooling mistakes.
Conferences (Online and Offline)
There is a great online conference called Digital Homeschool Convention comprised of over 14 experienced homeschoolers.
Here are blogs that I recommend on homeschooling (other than mine, of course).
Homeschool blogs are great for freebies, too!
- Not Consumed
- Raising Arrows
- Confessions of a Homeschooler
- Titus 2
- Penelope Trunk (very provocative)
- Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers (esp. good for high school)
And some books every homeschooler needs to read:
Seasoned Homeschool Friends
There is NO substitution for a one-on-one connection with REAL homeschoolers.
Getting involved in a co-op or homeschool group in your area will give you access to so many tools and homeschoolers that have gone before you.
They will be able to give you advice and a shoulder to lean on when you want to give up homeschooling.
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Overcome Homeschooling Fear Once and For All
If you’re starting homeschool when you’re scared to homeschool, let me encourage you to seek the Lord.
The Bible says this:
Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 (NKJV)
You are NOT alone in this homeschooling thing. You have a very real Creator of the Universe who has your back. Whenever you are scared, go to Him for strength. Many times he’s called us to homeschool NOT because we are well-equipped, but because we are not. This forces us to rely on Him, which is what he really wants all along: a relationship.
What about you?
What’s your favorite homeschooling resource?