Author: Alexandra Robinson
Two years before the pandemic I started homeschooling my kids on a whim. It turned into so much more than I could have imagined! Below are my top tips for new homeschooling parents.
Hey, my name is Alexandra!
When I first started homeschooling it was a spur of the moment decision because I couldn't find a decent school in our area for my twin kindergarteners. Since I was homeschooled as a child I thought it would be a good idea try it out. And it turned into so much more than I could have imagined! A new journey filled with trials and tribulations but at the same time all so rewarding. Below I’m listing my top tips for new homeschooling parents!
Take care of you
This tip is something that is very personal to me because I had to learn the hard way what happens when you don’t put yourself first...you burn yourself out! It is only when us moms are at our best that we set up our children up for their greatest success. Homeschooling can be a very draining experience at times so it is imperative that we recharge and remember to take care of ourselves.
"It is only when us [moms] are at our best that we set up our children up for their greatest success.
This is not a brick and mortar school
Homeschooling does not have to look or feel like a traditional school. Think of It as an opportunity for you to create a unique learning plan that caters to your child. For example, I am personally a fan of letting my children choose what they want to learn about and then expanding on the subject based off their interest. In this way I have found my children tend to be more engaged in the learning process and retain information much better overall. I also follow a more flexible, nontraditional schedule as far as what hours we spend learning. You too can homeschool to you own desire. Be creative and use whatever experiences you have to provide a positive learning environment that promotes growth for your child. Do not be surprised when this growth extends to you as well!
Patience is truly a virtue
It’s especially important during the earlier stages of homeschooling. There will be a learning curve when you first start homeschooling. You must remain patient, not only with yourself but especially with your child during this new transitional phase. It may take a while trying several things before you find a fit that’s just right!
Always do your research
Researching is very important when it comes to homeschool! Each state has different requirements for homeschooled children and you must abide by these guidelines. The best place to start would be your state's board of education website.
Find your homeschool niche
“Remember you are in charge! Anything that’s not working you have the power to change.”
This goes hand in hand with research but it's so incredibly helpful to find your homeschooling niche. There are all different kinds of homeschooling methods. Choosing one of those methods will make homeschooling a lot less stressful and complicated. For example, there are several curricula that you can buy for homeschooling your child; there are also umbrella schools in which you can attend as well. Do your research and that will help you make a better decision on what is right for you! And remember you are in charge! Anything that’s not working you have the power to change.
Make it fun
Lastly and most importantly make learning fun. Homeschool is a fun and one of a kind experience! You and your child get the opportunity to explore what makes them excited to learn. These moments are not only educational but also such a great bonding experience. And remember you don’t have to be an expert in teaching! You're an expert on your child and you know well enough to do this job.
You got this!