Is Homeschooling Right for you?

The more I talk to other mothers about homeschooling the more I find that a lot of mothers consider homeschooling their children.   I’m always a little nervous that I will get the response “What is wrong with you, I don’t know how you can do it,” or “How do you know you are educated/smart enough to teach your child at home?”  I get that response often, but more often than that I get the response “Im very interested.  How do you do it?”  That is always nice because it kind of happened quickly for me.   It was something that in the back of my head I wish I had done with both of the older kids from kindergarten but I worked off and on and never did it.  My son was having some issues in school and I decided it would be best for me to work with him one on one.

A little background on me.  I went to Kansas State University and majored in Music Education with a Vocal Emphasis, then I went to The University of Kansas for Music Therapy with Vocal Emphasis.  I only ended up getting an associates degree in General Studies because I had been married 2 years but had gotten knocked up.  I finished my credits to earn my Associates degree online with a 2 and 3 year old.   I have enough credits to substitute teach but honestly, these curriculums make it really easy for almost anyone to teach.  A homeschool mom is resourceful.  We have the world wide web at our fingertips now.  Im a lifelong student.  I love to learn so I feel like I’m learning with my son.  If you are wanting some help deciding whether you are called to homeschool, here are

My Top 5 Reasons Why I Decided To Homeschool.

  1.  I had a desire to teach my child.
  2. I felt that the public school system wasn’t working for my middle child.
  3. I became dedicated to working together with my children to find out their strengths quickly.
  4. I have a supportive and hard working husband who works hard to cover the bills so that I can focus on raising our children.
  5. I knew that a friend of mine was successfully homeschooling her children and was already connected to a support system for it.

I was the person who thought there was no way that I could do it.  I am now a never say never person.  I actually love it  It is a lot of work but so worth it.  I love watching my son learn and I love the relationship we are building as I help him find his way in this world.  Lesson planning and choosing curriculum can be tedious but I grew up playing school and making up curriculum and “grading” tests!

Check out my video below from my youtube channel.  I show you a little behind the scenes of getting ready for the homeschool week.

 

In the end, my short answer is If you are wanting to homeschool and willing to work hard then it’s worth a try.  Start with summer school or a small course and see if it is something that you enjoy.

I still have 2 children in public school.

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Curriculum in video

Current Science Curriculum

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From Adam to Us (Social Studies)

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Homeschooling Update-Lesson Planning, Socializing, and Field Trips

 

I have learned quite a bit since January.  It takes awhile to figure out which curriculum works best for your child, what schedule works best for your child, and what social programs work best for your child.  I am still experimenting daily but I have settled in to using mostly Easy Peasy www.allinonehomeschool.com  This website is easy to use and includes the curriculum for: Reading, English, Math, History, Science, and Bible.  It even includes some extra curriculum like foreign language.  I have found that it is about a year advanced compared to what my son was used to in his school system.  When I had him using the 5th grade curriculum it was the same as the 6th grade work that my daughter was learning in middle school.  I moved back to the 4th grade curriculum and it is more on track with the 5th grade in my area.  The math is a little bit too easy for him so Im still working on finding the right balance in his math.

 

I have been supplementing with these websites

www.funenglishgames.com

www.k12reader.com

www.spanish-games.net

www.hoffmanacademy.com

 

I have also been using these Youtube pages

Keith Hughes

Crash Course

 

I have been using this app for bible study/devotional

YouVersion

I highly recommend that you find a homeschool group to join in your area.  It is great for support, for learning about different curriculum and opportunities, for socializing, and field trips.

HSLDA website has a listing of some of the groups across the nation but I also recommend searching on Facebook.  There is a support group for most curriculums as well.  There is one for Easy Peasy and one for Easy Peasy for Special Learners.

 

Checkout the video footage here