So You Think You Want To Homeschool

As our homeschool year comes to a close I have barely have had time to reflect on how it went before I am once again getting multiple questions from others who are considering homeschooling their own children. Lots of questions as to why and how I have done it over the past 20+ years and why the heck I am still doing it!

Do you remember the Army ad campaign that was something like... " The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love"... well homeschooling is like " The Toughest Job You Will Ever Love and Sometimes Hate"...  How's that for being honest!

Now I will say that there is a lot more to love than to hate but there have been some serious times in the past years when I would have loaded any and all of them on a big yellow bus headed for anywhere as long as it was not here. But then usually my period comes and I am once again sane ..but at times it can be dicey.

Anyone who tells you that homeschooling is all pretty smelling unicorn farts is either only on their third week of homeschooling ( high on the homeschooling glue as I like to say)  or is hitting the cooking sherry with her Cheerios in the morning! Homeschooling is HARD work , working with those sassy ass kids can sometimes wear you down but with luck more often than not some really freaking cool stuff happens like your kid really really ends up loving the periodic table so much that he memorizes the whole thing. Or when you are the one that taught your kid how to read and you get to see that magic first hand...yep those are the days you kill for since you need them so much to get you through yet another explanation to your MIL of why you have chosen to do this crazy thing instead of going and getting your nails done.

Still hanging with me?.... still think you might want to do this?...ok.. so don't say I did not warn you!.. as for what comes next.. a stiff drink will help but if it's really is too early where you live you have two choices.. come back later with your drink in hand or  buckle up.. it's going to be a bumpy ride!.....

1) Get legal - Google what it takes in your state to be legal. Homeschooling IS legal in all states and your non-homeschooling neighbors don't know shit.

2) Find support now - many homeschool groups do not meet during summer but some do, find one that fits your groove. Support is crucial to the homeschooling experience.

3) Make room in your home for homeschooling.  No.. you don't need a whole room, and no your don't need a "school desk"... some of our best schooling happens out by the pool or on the front porch. But a place for the STUFF never hurts, even if it's just a bookcase.

4) Pick your Curriculum - this whole subject is a big hot mess needing it's own post but do check my page at the top up there for a couple of places to start.
5) Have that drink and then tell your family. Some will be happy, some will think you are crazy.. such is life.

ok.. I am sure there is more, but it's late.  Ask me a question... and in the next week I will spout forth with wisdom on the matter! :)


Audrey Pettit said...

I cannot even imagine the work it would take to homeschool. I've thought about it on and off for the last couple of years for my daughter, but neither one of us are really ready to take that plunge. My hats off to you for doing this.

Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

My 30yrs of homeschooling my 9 have come to an end this year. Sort of sad. Did it well, did it wrong, hated it, loved it ... and would do it all over again.

SewCalGal said...

Great post. I do so support Home Schooling. So many great examples. And I was just on an airplane when I was amazed with a 2 year old that knew her alphabet, numbers, colors and many words. Her parents had home schooled siblings so they expressed that the 2 year was not amazing, but a result of home schooling.