Have you ever wished for a do-ever? If you could go back in time with the knowledge you have now, would you do things differently?
They say hindsight is 20/20. This has definitely proven true for our homeschooling journey. Speaking of which–we are preparing to dive into our sixth year homeschooling. Unbelievable! While I can’t go back in time, I hope I can encourage some of you who may be new to homeschooling, thinking about it, or looking for a change.
To celebrate our 5 year homeschool-aversary, here are 5 things I wish I knew before homeschooling.
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1) My kids already know how to learn–I just need to figure out how they do it best.
This year, my youngest wanted to learn how to read. So I went out and bought a popular book to help me teach her how to read and let me tell you–we did one page of that [boring] book and tossed it by the wayside. I was stunned by how much she absorbed just from our time spent together reading and playing made-up games with letter sounds.
2) It’s not about finding a magic curriculum–it’s about how you use what you have.
We have invested in boxed curriculum, and we’ve used a lot of free stuff. I’ve learned it doesn’t matter so much what we use, because I’m going to tweak it anyway to fit my kids. I’ve started to ask myself: would I rather invest megabucks into something I’m going to cut up and re-arrange, or would I rather pay little to nothing to do the same thing?
3) Relationships come before curriculum.
I kicked off our homeschool journey not knowing anything, and it’s been a journey from curriculum confusion and boring school-at-home to finding our groove. If you’re anything like me, some things in your life may have come to a head in 2020. I spent our time on lockdown letting go of control and focusing on my relationship with my children and cultivating a vision for our homeschool. It has been a bumpy road, but we have emerged stronger than ever. For that, I am grateful.
4) It’s best to start with a vision.
Oh how I wish I had started with the end in mind, dreaming and talking with my husband about what we wanted our kids to know before they become adults. Eventually, we came up with a vision, and it’s the best thing we ever did. Our vision anchors us and helps to stave off curriculum confusion and the stress that comes from an overly full calendar.
5) Homeschooling is as much for me as it is for my children.
I am growing and learning right alongside them. This year, when I’m planning for my children, I want to think about what new things I want to learn about this year too. Because when I’m engaged in something, I’ve found they want to learn about it too.
If you’re new to homeschooling or thinking about taking the leap, I hope this gives you some things to think about. If you’ve been homeschooling for a while, let me know–what is something you wish you knew before homeschooling? Leave a comment!
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