Once again, I am joining the lovely ladies of iHomeschool Network to give you a list of my Top 10 Do's and Don'ts for the homeschool rookie. Let me just interject here by saying that my Biggest
personal pet-peeve is unsolicited advice. If that doesn't sit well with you either, I apologize in advance. You have my full permission to check your email or go find some great new recipe on Pinterest instead!
But if you fall into the "first year of homeschooling" category and are genuinely seeking my humble, little opinion about what to keep in mind as you start this adventure...well then, here goes...
1. Do connect with veteran homeschool moms and ask lots of questions. But, keep in mind, God did not give us all the same materials and tools so He does not expect us to build the same thing.
2. Do claim a Bible verse for your homeschooling journey. On those days when you feel tempted to pile the Littles onto the big yellow bus as it drives by your front window (And there WILL BE days like this!), a mission-style verse can be just the encouragement and accountability you need to press on.
3. Do schedule in a few "teacher in-service" days during the school year. Allow yourself a day to get caught up on life.
4. Do attend a homeschool conference in your area. It's a great place to learn some practical tips, peruse the latest curriculum options, and hear captivating and encouraging speakers.
5. Do join a homeschool co-op in your area. The homeschooling journey doesn't have to be a lonely one...for you OR your kids.
6. Don't limit your day to just core subjects. Art, creative writing, science projects, and field trips might not be considered ESSENTIALS, but they certainly enrich and captivate even reluctant learners.
7. Don't feel imprisoned by a curriculum. If it is not working for you and your family, ditch it and find something that will!
8. Don't play the comparison game. So what if Suzy Homeschooler's six-year-old can speak five languages, build a small motor using only a paper clip, and is currently writing a paper on quantum physics. There will always be homeschoolers doing more than you. But then again, there will always be homeschoolers doing less. Keep your eyes on what God has called and equipped YOU and your children to do knowing that it was by design that He placed them with you...not her.
9. Don't produce a carbon copy curriculum of someone else. Your kids are unique and require a unique strategy for learning.
10. Don't try to teach your children EVERYTHING there is to know about EVERYTHING. That would be virtually impossible. Instead, inspire a love of learning within them. In doing so, you are giving them the tools they need to keep learning for a lifetime.
Many thanks to our fabulous host, Angie at Many Little Blessings for letting me share my two cents.