When I first began homeschooling, the most challenging thing for me was figuring out how I was going to do “that” on top of all my other household responsibilities. I saw all those “other moms” who looked like that had it all together—and I felt less than qualified. After all, I didn’t bake my own bread from wheat that I grew and ground into flour. I didn’t have the uniform. And I didn’t speak the language.
I soon figured out that I was right to be a little nervous. Homeschoolers, as it turns out, DO have a language all their own. The trick, though, is to learn to speak your language. And that takes time.
Last month, after much reluctance, I wrote a series on homeschooling. I was reluctant, because I’ve learned that homeschool moms like me are easily guilted into thinking we’re doing it wrong. I don’t want to share our strategies and them have them become someone else’s burden (if that makes any sense.) Truthfully, we’ve tried just about every method and schedule out there from year to year. Why? Because things move at the speed of life. And you’ve got to be flexible and move with them if you’re going to stay in the game long term.
Homeschooling is a marathon, not a sprint. You wouldn’t just sign up for a marathon without training and planning, would you? Homeschooling is the same way. It requires some up front planning and thought, but once you get the hang of what generally works for you, you’ll just change it up and essentially repeat the process the next year.
Don’t be afraid to try new things. Don’t worry about failure. Keep trying until you find a rhythm that works for you and your family. Here are my five “essentials” to getting organized for a new year of homeschooling. Click on the image to read the entire post.
Need more encouragement and ideas? You might like:
- Homeschooling with Toddlers
- The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight: Managing Your Days Through the Homeschool Years
- Lapbooking Made Simple (eBook)
Read all of the posts “Organizing Your Homeschooling” on these blogs! And read all about the Blog Hop going on HERE!