It’s that time of year. The time of year that mom’s who have been considering homeschooling make the decision to jump on in. So now that you’ve decided to homeschool what’s next?
I know when I first decided to homeschool the first thing I did was hop online and start searching for curriculum. If you have ever searched homeschool curriculum you know the never ending list that pops on your computer screen. It is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the options. The next thing I began to do is search all the different homeschool blogs. I read for hours on end learning of all the different ways other families did things.
Not that either of the above things are wrong. Trust me you need to do your research. How else will you learn of all the amazing curriculum options available for your children. However, don’t get so focused on how everyone else is doing things that you lose sight of your homeschool.
In the beginning of the homeschool journey it is easy to get so focused on everyone else’s plans that they become your plans. Each of our children are different and there aren’t 2 homeschool families that are going to be identical. Keep your children’s learning styles in mind when scrolling through the mounds of catalogs. Not everything that works for one family will work for yours. On that same note, not everything that works for one of your children will work for the others. Your oldest child’s curriculum plan may look completely different than your youngest child’s plan. You know what? It’s OK!
Homeschool blogs are an amazing resource for your homeschool. I learn everyday from the blogs that I read. You get inspired and find creative ideas to make your homeschool more productive and fun. Just remember those bloggers have not so glamourous homeschool days too. We all have bad days in our homes. So if you are having a bad day (or week) don’t get discouraged. We have all been there. Reach out to other homeschool moms to help you through the tough times. It isn’t a lot of fun to air your difficult days out there for the world to see, but that doesn’t mean those days don’t happen.
Know that homeschooling will be a challenge, but the greatest gift you could ever imagine. Find other homeschool moms to bounce ideas off of, and to seek encouragement on the days you need it. Be involved in your homeschool community. It will be your best resource. Above all seek wisdom from the Lord. He knows the perfect plan for your family. I am praying that you all have a fantastic end to your year, and a smooth transition into your planning phase for next year.