We started homeschooling in 2011. That isn't long ago... but for us it seems like a century. Not in a dreadful way.... in a growing way! Life has changed greatly since we first began our homeschool journey. I've had people ask me what I would do differently if I could "begin again". Honestly, I wouldn't change the way we first began. I just wish I had more knowledge then to help us on our way.........
A Letter To My "Beginning Homeschool" Self......
So you have decided to homeschool? I know it's scary and you are worried about a multitude of things going wrong. Your wondering if you are capable of giving your children the type of education they deserve. You are hoping you won't ruin your kids. Your worried about that big "s" word everyone talks about... socialization. I'm here to tell you it's ok. Those fears are common. However, there are some things you need to know.
First, don't worry about what other people have to say. That day WILL come where you will find yourself crying in your car after a trip to the grocery store. The day trip.. with your kids.. during school hours.. the snoopy lady who is ill because your kids are not in school... Yes, you will meet her. And she will make you cry. But it' ok.. because you are strong. God has called you and your husband to educate His way.. not the snoopy ladies way.. and soon you will see how strong you truly are! How strong your children are! With your faith.. and with time.. God helps those harsh comments to bounce off and not matter anymore.
Don't forget to pray! Pray over EVERYTHING! Pray over your school days, your children's education, curriculum choices, extra-curricular activities. Let your children hear you pray! Pray with your children! Prayer.. God's love.. Faith... is what helps you become who you are today.
Homeschooling is not what you imagined! You are dreaming of those two sweet little boys hugging you gently and saying "Thank you Mommy for teaching me all I need to know." Then they exit quietly and you sit down with a cup of coffee reflecting on what a perfect homeschool day you just had. I'm sorry to burst your bubble dear but homeschooling will not be like that. There will be tears (and your children will cry at times themselves), there will be struggles (you will see a pencil thrown across the room), you will make ridiculous choices (such as thinking your boys need to sit in a desk, or at the kitchen table, all day), did I mention there will be tears? Nevertheless, there will also be joy... love... laughter... moments you could never replace! You will hear your youngest son read for the first time. See the joy in his face when he finishes his first chapter book. You will read the cutest stories written by two silly boys. See the pride in your oldest son when he finally understands division. You will run and jump and shake like crazy.. trying to experience gym class with your children. They will laugh with you. Hug you. Kiss you. Say things like, "Mommy.. you are the greatest teacher ever". And you know what... for these two boys.. you ARE the greatest teacher ever!
Your going to be happy. Your children are going to be happy. Your family will also make some wonderful homeschooling friends. Have fun, Me! Relax! Don't stress over the day to day. Just enjoy your children. Enjoy learning together. Enjoy making a mess. On pretty days don't stay in the house... go outside with your children. Those days of playtime are few and far between. Go on more playdates. More field trips. Remember why you began homeschooling. And the most important thing I can tell me..... is..... please use a pencil when writing in your homeschool planner. It will truly save a lot of headaches!
Your going to do great. Have fun! Keep Praying!
Deuteronomy 11:19-20 ( KJV)
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates: