But the benefits- oh boy. The benefits have so far outweighed any of our challenges that it would be nearly impossible for me to imagine what it would take to make us stop homeschooling. Firstly, our two main reasons for homeschooling have been directly addressed. My kids are now part of the everyday of life of our home rather than just players in the evening rush or weekend madness and my eldest girls (my younger ones never had a chance to get into this habit) have stopped seeing one another as a minor inconveniences that just has to be tolerated until they can go back to not seeing or talking to each other for 8 hours a day, Monday through Friday.
Aside from those things, I’ve seen a beautiful increase in their independence (yes, truly!), their personal confidence, their curiosity, and their appreciation for “interesting things.”
Wanna see our co-op’s website for next year’s info? Aqui. We also have a Catholic homeschooling group that covers the entire southwest Michigan region, the website for which I’m just now working on, so it’s sparse but you can take a gander here if you want. And also and and AND, we have a homeschool partnership through our local school district that also offers classes and programs, which you can stalk right here if you’re curious about that. Basically there are so many resources and activities that we have to decide what to say no to on a weekly basis. It is amazing.
Finally, what’s the best advice you’d give a mom who is planning to move from traditional school to homeschooling?
First of all, allow yourself time to make the transition. What I mean is, expect that you will all feel weird and disjointed and unsure. You will try things that won’t work. You’ll wonder if you’ve made a horrible mistake and worry that your kids are already ruined for life approximately 17 minutes into the school year. If something doesn’t fit, scrap it. If your kids already know how to do something, skip it. If they’re super interested in something, learn more about that. Let the beginning be exciting and then build the not-as-exciting things together on that foundation later. This is going to sound cheesy, but if you and your kids are on this adventure as a team, everyone will get more out of it, everyone will enjoy it more, and I truly believe everyone will be more successful. So create that team mood before you tackle the hard stuff and then the hard stuff won’t be so hard.
How I Homeschool: In Which I Interview Myself (plus a link-up if you’d like to join in!)
How I Homeschool: Elizabeth of Following the Trails to Heaven (High School Series)