Hey there mama,
I see you. I see that worried look on your face. You long to homeschool your brood, but you’re not sure you can do it. Perhaps there is a new babe at home, or an elderly family member to look after. Maybe there is a financial strain, or you simply don’t feel qualified to teach. Whatever your worries, I see you. I know those doubts and feelings all too well. As joyful as homeschooling sounds and looks from afar, the thought of jumping in full force is daunting. It’s intimidating. And truthfully, it can be a bit scary.
Can I offer up a few words from a fellow mom who has been in your shoes?
You can do it!
Friend, I’ve been where you are. I have spent many a sleepless night agonizing over the educations of our children, and the choices we have made. I have doubted my qualifications. I have worried over finances and the cost of curriculum. I have anxiously tried to figure out how to teach older children while occupying a busy (and destructive) toddler. I have stressed over my work schedule as I desperately tried to make time to homeschool. I get it.
But you know what I have learned?
My desire and calling to educate my children at home far outweighs my doubts and fears!
Those pesky wanderings that have kept me up at night disappear while I’m teaching my children. Instead I am filled with peace. Their discoveries, questions, accomplishments, and even difficulties fill my day to the brim. I love our time together! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, I do have (more than) the occasional worry. But my trust is in God and I know that if He has called me to this place (and He has), He’ll take care of the rest.
Is homeschooling on your heart, mama? If so, don’t be swayed by the naysayers. Don’t let fear or doubt cloud your mind with worry. If home education is truly a desire, and you feel that you are being led and called in that direction, go for it! You CAN do it!
Not sure where to start? Here are a few tips to help you start this amazing journey :
- Make a plan, and set goals. Talk to your spouse, or friend or family member and map out a general plan for your homeschool year.
- Set a general school year schedule. For more info on this, read my post here.
- Plan out your days ahead of time. For example, when my youngest was a toddler we would complete our activities, crafts, field trips and experiments together. Math, writing, spelling, etc were completed while he was napping.
- Do you work from home? Plan your work around your children’s school time, if possible. For our family, I homeschool from morning till late afternoon, then work as a piano teacher in the evenings. I do not schedule piano lessons on days or times that interfere with my time with my children.
- Don’t be afraid to get outside and get active! Some of the best learning is done outside! Get up! Get active! And have fun!
- Add daily chores and cooking into the mix! All of those things are important life skills, and they count as school! Your home gets clean, meals are prepared, and they offer a change of pace during the school day.
- Have fun! Cherish this time! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again : This time with our children passes too quickly. Embrace it. Treasure it! It will be gone all too soon!
- Join a local homeschool group, or co-op. Meeting and befriending other homeschool moms is vital. The encouragement and support from other moms on the same journey is so valuable!
- Read my post here for more info and encouragement regarding other homeschool concerns.
Do you have questions or concerns? I’m here for you, friend! I am more than happy to help in any way I can! You can also read my post here where I touch on other homeschool concerns.