Although I have only recently begun my journey as a homeschool parent, I have already made several mistakes.
Mistake # 1: Buying way too many workbooks/textbooks
When we first started homeschooling, I probably bought about twelve textbooks and workbooks combined. For my kindergarten son! After a few weeks, I realized that even though my son learns quite rapidly and is very advanced for his age, he doesn’t need all these workbooks. And, he doesn’t like them either!
Mistake #2: Trying to mimic a public school in my home
Just about every new homeschool parent goes into “teacher” mode when she first starts educating her kindergartener. But why are we homeschooling if we want to play school? Kids need us to be parents – not teachers.
Mistake # 3: Not taking my child’s natural learning preferences into account
My son is a visual and hands-on learner. Yet I was giving him worksheets all the time. Worksheets are fine occasionally for him, but I was insistent in the beginning that he do worksheets every single day. Thinking back, I now know that is why we both burned out on homeschool so quickly.
Mistake #4: Planning separate studies for my children for every subject
I used to do separate work with my three and five year old children. Now we cover Science, Social Studies, Bible, Art, and some math as a family.
Mistake # 5: Taking school so seriously
My children are three and five. They learn best by playing at that age. If Mommy is too uptight to play and wants them to work all day, it’s likely that the children won’t learn much at all.
Life is a learning process. I am sure these won’t be my last mistakes. But I will try my best not to repeat these things in the future. We all want what is best for our children. But we have to remember that they’re still children, so we need to let them be….