Homeschool Advice to My Younger Self

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Homeschool Advice

After 14 years of homeschool and graduating one, here is a list of 5 things I wish I could go back and tell my younger self.

*Bonus: You should probably know that the mother face you make, the one that puts the fear in the kids when they are messing up…yeah it will be the cause of the very first wrinkle on your face.

1. Be committed to the process. Girl buckle-up you are in for an amazing ride. It’s great your 4 year old is a self-taught reader. It really makes the homeschool job easy. But you need to know days are coming that you will second-guess your ability to school 4 children, especially when learning issues arise. Do not let the bad days overshadow the good. You will survive this! God will give you the answers, the strength, and the patience at the right moment you need it.

2. You are going to spend a huge amount of money on math curriculum. If only we could have taken the over spending done those first years and saved it for math books. The first few years you thought the goal was to invest in ONE math curriculum to teach your children. Each child will need a different math book to help them learn. Each child will struggle with math in a different way. Really it is all in preparation for you to teach your youngest math, your biggest math struggler. After 14 years of homeschooling it is okay that you want to start a math support group for moms of kids who hate math.

3. Those nights you spent worried about how to teach high school, spend them reading some encouraging blogs instead. You will find a friend to barter with for math tutoring. A school up north will provide instructions for chemistry and physics classes. Another friend will help with the literature and writing your daughter needs. Once you have homeschooled kindergarten to 8th grade, the jump to high school is minimal. Plans will change but they will graduate and get accepted into college.

4. Buy some Amish horse blinders. There are going to be so many homeschool programs and activities. There are going to be so many curriculum choices. There are going to be so many different ways to homeschool. For a brief time you will be caught up on keeping up with other homeschool families. Put the horse blinders on NOW. They will help you keep your focus on what the best needs are for your family.

5. Get it in writing. You know how every year your first stop for “After Christmas Sales” is to Hallmark. You buy an ornament for each of your kids. Then the next Christmas you give them as gifts. After 10 years each of your kids have a great memorable collection. Well when your oldest moves out for college…he thinks he is taking his ornaments with him!! Get it in writing that personal ornament collections will be given when the child either gets married or lives in their own place. Moving out for college does not count.

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Homeschooling Advice

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Comments

  1. Mary says:

    I love your advice — it’s great to hear from someone who’s been at this for so long. Thanks for your honesty!

  2. Ticia says:

    I need me some homeschool blinders, what a great idea.

    • Stacey says:

      Maybe I can find a used pair at the Amish auction and send them to you 🙂

  3. Ha! I love your take on Math curricula. 🙂 For us though it was reading and history. Just when I thought I’d found the perfect fit – some other learning style comes along. Well it does keep things interesting. Great post!

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