New Homeschoolers

If you clicked on this link, it probably means the thought of homeschooling has crossed your mind a time or two.  Here are some things to think about before taking the plunge.

Your Motives

Why do you want to homeschool? Is it because all the cool moms in your church are doing it? Is there a thought that it might bring you glory? Or do have a true burden for your kids? Not only their educational learning, but also their emotional, social, and spiritual well-being.  Before you can begin any journey, you have to know your end destination. Otherwise you'll never get there. That's why your motivation is so important. How will you know if you are succeeding if you have no goals? 

Think carefully.

Homeschooling will change your life! Make a list of pros and cons. If the pros outweigh the cons, then the decision is made for you. Have confidence in your decision and in your ability to carry it out through Christ. Remember Philippians 4:13! 

Okay, I'm Ready!

I'm glad you're so excited, but you can never truly be ready! Homeschool is a learning experience for parent and child...every year. You just have to roll with the punches. Pray for yourself and your kids, and most of all talk to your kids. Get their input and be willing to listen. 

The Big C

Curriculum is the number one concern in homeschool newbies' minds. For some reason, as long as you have a book to throw in front of your kid, you feel like you're getting somewhere. If you're going with traditional curriculum for every subject, begin by getting an idea of your child's ability level. What kind of learner is your child? This may be something you've never thought about before, but this could make all the difference in your homeschool.

Alpha Omega has some great tips for getting started homeschooling and choosing curriculum.

Socialization

This is one of the MANY criticisms against homeschool, but actually works in our favor. You really want your kids socialized in the current public school environment? What is socialization anyway? In my view, its interaction with other people, of all ages, race, ethnicity, etc. Putting a child in a classroom with 18 other people their age, who are expected to act the same, learn the same, and perform the same, and interact a certain way is the breeding ground for bullying, and does not even loosely begin to cover socialization.

Websters definition of Socialization: the process by which a human being, beginning at infancy, acquires the habits, beliefs, and accumulated knowledge of society through education and training for adult status.

Lets give our kids some roots....

 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Col. 2:6-7








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