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Homeschooling 101

November 11, 2009

We’ve been homeschooling for six years now and absolutely love it.  For those of you who are looking into homeschooling or prayerfully considering it, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Relax.  Don’t try to do it all and don’t worry if you don’t!

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    In the Gardens of Monticello

  2. Remember.  It’s homeschooling, not public school.  YOU know what your children like or don’t like.
  3. Try.  All you have to do is try – try a curriculum, try a new book, try schooling in the afternoon or at night, try something new every day!  You never know what’s going to work for your family unless you try.
  4. Learn and Re-Learn.  Learn with your children.  Since we started homeschooling I’ve learned Latin and Greek and all those “little things” I learned when I was young but forgot soon after. 
  5. Emote.  It’s okay to cry if school doesn’t go well or you feel overwhelmed.  It’s okay to scream with joy and bounce up and down when the “light bulb” finally goes on and you see the understanding light up her face!  It’s okay NOT to do school if you’re not inclined to do so that day or you’re overrun with errands and life in general.  The principal won’t fire you and remember, your children are learning about life as you live it – experiencing life for what it is, not something superficial that’s in school.
  6. Rome.  It wasn’t built in a day.  Go back to tip #1.  Relax.
  7. Have fun.  That’s what school is all about – learn and have fun doing it!
  8. Cook / Bake / Sew / Clean.  All of these skills are “life lessons” and “home ec” all rolled into one.  Teach your children these skills and they’ll be richer adults for it.
  9. Field Trips.  They are great ways to learn about history, life and experience it all at the same time.  If they can touch it, taste it, hear it or smell it, they’ll remember it all the better.
  10. See tip #1.  It’s all cake!

I hope these little tips help.  It’s just some of what I’ve learned over the last six years.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 16, 2009 2:54 pm

    So glad you started blogging about your experiences. I especially like #8. We don’t homeschool (it’s specifically prohibited in my divorce decree, along with homeopathy and acupuncture!). BUT, we do believe the life lessons of living and working on the ranch are a critical part of our children’s education.
    It’s amazing how much math, economics, science, art, history and literature come out of the garden patch or the kitchen.
    Keep up the good work,
    Sara

    • November 16, 2009 3:02 pm

      Thank you for commenting! I’m so sorry to hear about your divorce (and the prohibitions resulting from that). And you’re right, working on a ranch will definitely benefit your children in the long run. Life lessons are so valuable and can really be missed if the opportunity is not seized when it occurs (if that makes sense). Please come visit me again. I love hearing from others!

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