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Homeschooling our children is an adventure and unfortunately, it does not come with a guidebook. Heather Haupt, a second generation homeschooler, reminds us in this episode of the importance of making plans but holding them loosely. Having a plan allows you to be intentional. Holding that plan loosely allows you to make changes as needed to help your children succeed and learn in their own way and at their own pace.
What we talked about
- There is no homeschool guidebook. What works for one family may not work for yours and what works for one child may not work for another. Every child is different.
- Make plans but hold them loosely. Know your objective so you can let go of expectations so you can help your child learn how he learns best. Maintaining a developmentally appropriate approach will help you know how and when to push your child so he can make progress while working at his own pace.
- Don’t micromanage your children. Allow them to learn in their own way. Help them take responsibility for their education; what they learn sticks better when they do.
- Homeschooling (and parenting) is not always easy. Enough said.
- Give yourself grace and freedom to explore alternatives. Sometimes our children need an approach that we would normally not consider.
What advice would you give to a new homeschool mom?
Hold plans loosely and be willing to make changes as needed.