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Think About Homeschooling

Think About Homeschooling

I could never homeschool because…

  • I can’t spend 24/7 with my kids.
  • I can’t teach every subject and every grade.
  • It takes too much time.
  • I’m not a teacher.
  • I don’t remember calculus.
  • I don’t know how to find curricula.
  • We can’t afford it.
  • I want my kids to socialize and have friends.
  • I don’t have enough patience.
  • I want my kids to have all the opportunities schools provide.

These are all concerns I had when our family first considered homeschooling and I hear non-homeschooling parents say things like this all the time

How to Homeschool – A Quick Start Guide for Desperate Parents

How to Homeschool - A Quick Start Guide for Desperate Parents

It’s August…. The END of August…. 

If you’re being thrown into homeschooling unexpectedly (due to COVID-19 or for any other reason), this might be the moment you start to panic. 

Or, it might be when the panic you’ve felt rising for months turns into full-blown freaking out. 

As a friend of mine says to lighten the mood when her kids are stressed out, “don’t worry… sausages!” 

Take a deep breath. It’s going to be okay.

How to Survive School at Home During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Tips From a Homeschool Mom

How to Survive School at Home - Tips from a Homeschool Mom

You never imagined yourself doing school at home. Or maybe you did, but not yet… and definitely not because schools closed suddenly during a pandemic! You don’t have the luxury of researching and planning over the summer months – this is happening NOW! 

But for now – right now – you want to make the most of this. For the next three weeks or three months or however long it lasts, you want to take the lemons and make lemonade. 

Should YOU Homeschool?

Should You Homeschool? title on background with fork in the road

Has the word “homeschool” caught your attention lately?

Are you curious about it? Feeling called to it? Wondering if it’s something you should explore more?

Do you feel a little crazy for even considering such a counter-cultural concept?

That’s exactly where I was not too long ago. 

The 3 Worst Things About Homeschooling

The 3 Worst Things About Homeschooling

I’ve never met anyone who loves every single part of their job. 

When I used to work in architectural engineering, the two things I dreaded most were boring business meetings and plumbing diagrams. And if I had to attend a boring business meeting ABOUT plumbing diagrams… well, let’s just say that wasn’t my favorite day. There’s only so long a girl (at least THIS girl) can listen to someone explain the intricacies of sanitary vent lines before she’s forced to mentally escape to Aruba to preserve her mental health.

It’s no different with home education. Not the part about the plumbing and meetings (unless you mean pulling LEGOs out of the toilet and calling a family meeting to determine the culprit).

No. What I mean is, just like every other job, the role of home educator has its downsides. 

Jumping Into the Deep End (but Not Really)

Jumping into the deep end diving board over blue pool

For some families, homeschooling has been the plan all along. 

They’ve seen it work for friends or family. They knew they’d homeschool their future kids before they were even married. They’re totally comfortable swimming against the societal current. They understand the benefits and they welcome the challenge.

If that’s you, feel free to skip this post.

If, on the other hand, you’re more like the main character from Peg + Cat

(that is, “TOTALLY FREAKING OUT!”)

…then read on, my frenzied friend, read on!