Maybe you already know that you will be homeschooling your children or perhaps you are simply considering the idea. Either way, there are a few things you should really sit down and think about before you get too far in.
The primary issues to think about when considering homeschooling for the first time are whether or not everyone involved is on the same page. It is of the utmost importance that all of you have similar expectations when it comes to caring for your childrens’ education. If one parent is not on board, then you could face multiple issues. But if everyone involved is in agreement that homeschooling is the best option, then you’re off to a great start.
I also encourage you to talk to your children about whether or not they are on board with the idea of a home education. While you, as the parent, have the ultimate say in how your children are educated your children’s voices should be heard as well.
You should also consider whether you have the time and patience to homeschool your children. Homeschooling requires a lot of patience and a certain amount of time. While you could hire someone to tutor your children or help in their studies, you should be their primary teacher. So you should really think about whether or not you have the time and patience to properly educate them.
You also want to be sure that you have a good support system in place. Your support system should include people who have experience in homeschooling, so you might want to expand it past your immediate family. And, while we’re on this subject, you should be warned that not everyone will approve of your decision to homeschool. In fact, many people whom you have known and loved for years will likely begin to give you advice on why you shouldn’t homeschool. Just know that their comments are being made in ignorance. They think they are helping. So, just thank them for their concern and carry on. If you do not have friends or family who are supportive of your decision to homeschool, reach out to your pastors, social media, local co-ops, the library, etc.
Now that everyone is on board and you have a good support system, you need to investigate your local laws and regulations regarding home education. A great place to start is https://www.hslda.org
Now, you can move on to more enjoyable things like finding your teaching style and your children’s individual learning styles. For more information, google “learning styles” or “homeschool styles”. Until next time, may God bless!!!!