Friday, July 19, 2019

2 Things You Need to Homeschool Successfully

Have you considered homeschooling but feel like you could never do it? 

Homeschooling is a natural extension of parenting. When a baby is first born they have to learn everything. Who teaches them that? Some of it is innate but you'd be surprised at what is taught. 

I would never have thought that a baby needed to be encouraged to sit up until my friend told me about her daughter. She adopted her daughter from China, the little girl was 8 months old and could not sit up. 
Educating your child begins when they are born. It's not something you are taught to do, you figure it out as you go along. Parenting is on the job training. Each child and their different personalities require a different type of parenting. 

Homeschooling is no different. You figure it out as you go along and you use different methods based on each child's personality or learning style.

I often get told that it's easy for me because I am a teacher by trade. I deny this completely and always say that there are only two things a person needs to do to be able to homeschool their child.

1. Love Your Child
This is the easy one! Of course you love your child and you want the best for them. You want them to succeed and do well in life. 

This love for your child is what will drive you to be the best you that you can be. It will drive you to spend countless hours on pinterest looking for ideas to teach a math concept a different way. It will drive you to talk to other moms about issues with reading. That love will be your guiding force to get on your knees and pray for God to help you when you are at whits end with the attitude.

Love is the driving force behind why we do things for our children. 

Love is why we hold them when they're hurt. 

Love is why we read them an extra bedtime story. 

Love is why we make them a special meal on their birthday.

No one had to tell you how to do that. It was all done because of love. 

Homeschooling is a lot like that. Love will give you the drive, God will give you the strength and wisdom.

2. A Mind Set Change
This is the hard one. I know very few homeschool mom friends who were homeschooled themselves. For the most part the vast majority were brought up in the traditional classroom setting. 

Homeschooling and traditional schooling are alike only one way, they both have the same goal of educating your child. Everything else is completely different.

I had to completely change my mindset and realize that I wasn't trying to do school at home. By this I mean I was trying to cover 7 subjects and using the same time frame as a school day. 

It took me about 2 years but I changed how I thought about school. Yes we had certain subjects like reading and math that we needed to cover, but my true interest was to educate my daughter not only academically but in all areas of her life. I wanted her to be well rounded and have experiences that a classroom setting wouldn't allow her to have. In order to do this I had to forget most of what I had learned in college. I had to rethink about learning and look at it as educating the whole child not just the mind of a child.

We still have an area where we sit and do school work but that isn't where all of the learning takes place. Although we have a routine, we roll with the punches and use anything and everything as a possible lesson.

Learning takes place while we go on a nature walk or play in the back yard.

Learning takes place when when we have play dates or she is helping with her sister. 

Learning takes place when we do volunteer work or cook a meal for someone at church.

Learning takes place when we make a menu for the week and go to the grocery store.

Homeschooling is so much more than books and checking off a list of skills for an academic year, it's about educating her for life. 

If you are considering homeschooling your children, it's probably because you see a deficit somewhere. You may miss them during the day or you may just actually want to spend time with your kids. 

Whatever your reason for wanting to do it, you can do it. Just believe in your self. If God has called you to it, he'll help you do it.

I'm praying for you!

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