Does this sound like you?
You CAN homeschool your children!
It can feel daunting to get started, but you are your child’s best teacher.
After reading everything I could find about how to homeschool, educational philosophies, curriculum options, and so much more, I realized that I needed to just take the plunge.
My husband and I decided to commit to homeschooling, at least for a few years. He wasn’t so sure about committing to homeschool for the long haul but was game to give it a try for the elementary years. (I was ready to dive in and commit to longer. I tend to be an all-or-nothing kind of gal. But that’s a story for a different day.)
Once we had decided to homeschool, what should we do next? I wanted to do it right. It would have been easy to let fear and perfectionism win and procrastinate. I knew I needed to just jump in even though it wouldn’t be perfect. I had to let go of the vision of the perfect homeschool.
Here’s the Cliff Notes version of the steps we took to get started on our homeschool journey.
- Tell our family. 😳
- Joined our state homeschool organization. 🥳
- Wrote down our reasons for home educating. 📝
- Found a support group. ❤️
- Purchased curriculum. 📚
You can click here to get a detailed Homeschooling Quick Start Checklist to help you take your first step on your homeschooling journey.
We made many adjustments over the first few years as I learned more about myself and my children. Eventually, we found a rhythm to our homeschool days and a curriculum that met our needs.
I began to develop the confidence to make decisions for our homeschool. Friends began to ask me how I decide what to do so quickly and confidently.
Homeschooling has become a way of life and a natural extension of our identity. Yes, we still have rough homeschool days. It’s not all rainbows and roses. But just like you learn to be a good parent by parenting and making mistakes, I learned to be an effective home educator by homeschooling and learning as I went.
If you are ready to jump in and get started homeschooling or improve your skills and effectiveness as a home educator, I’ve shared the lessons I’ve learned and the mistakes I’ve made over the years in these podcast episodes and posts. This is the practical advice I wish I had found all in one place when we started our homeschool journey. (And it’s what I want to leave as advice and a legacy for my children if they decide to homeschool when they have a family someday.)
Does it feel at this point like you are drinking from a fire hose?
I felt the same way. I had to make so many decisions about our homeschool. It was overwhelming.
Homeschooling your children is rewarding, but it is also challenging. You are embarking on a new endeavor. (Yes, even if you were a school teacher, teaching your children at home is different than teaching a classroom full of kids.) It will take some time to become comfortable in your new role.
Thankfully, when you keep four key principles in mind, you will have a decision-making framework to help you homeschool confidently.
Once I understood these principles and used them to make decisions regarding our homeschool, everything changed. I didn’t waffle when making decisions. I could evaluate a curriculum faster and confidently decide if it would be a good fit for us. I could see how a new extracurricular activity would impact our schedule and decide if that would support our values. I knew how much would be too much and planned less so we didn’t start the year stressed.
My friends noticed the difference. They started asking me how I could make decisions so quickly and confidently.
The secret was that I knew what would work best for our family and for each individual child. I had a decision-making framework to evaluate curriculum choices, extracurricular activities, and scheduling options.
Understanding why you do what you do, what’s important to you, and what makes you and your children unique helps you confidently make decisions about your homeschool.
The Homeschool Foundations Program will help you confidently evaluate curriculum choices, extracurricular activities, and scheduling options.
After working through this program, you will know how to use the four key principles every home educator should consider as you make the best decisions for your children.
During 1:1 coaching sessions, we can explore any aspect of the Homeschool Foundations Online Curriculum that you want to discuss. We can also address other issues or concerns related to your homeschool. You get to set the agenda and focus on what is most important to you.
Schedule a free Discovery Call, and let’s discuss if coaching would be a good fit for you.