Homeschooling, this crazy word that sends people into a panic as if they know more about you and your family than they really do. The looks, the whispers, are they really worth it? I wouldn't trade my experience for anything but there are days when I wonder what I am doing. Here are the 5 things that I wish I had known before I started homeschooling.
- I wish I would have known hard it was.
I was always hearing how much fun people were having. How they could do what their children wanted and make a lesson plan from it. No one told me that this wasn’t just a simple fly by the seat of your pants to make it happen. You still have to follow your state laws, and some states are harder than others.
- I wish I would have known that having a special needs child changes it all.
Moe Man is my oldest. He is also the hardest student I will ever have. He requires more attention then his younger siblings, and that doesn’t change because he is a teenager. In fact, this is when I find myself working more with him. But I wouldn’t trade this for anything. At least I know he is getting an education and not just being pushed along with the system.
- I wish I would have known how much criticism I would face.
Everywhere I turn, someone has an idea of what I should be doing. I don’t let them do this, I do too much of that. But these same people don’t know my children like I do. These people are not praying for my children like I am. God is not telling these people what he wants for my children like He is doing for me. That is why I started homeschooling in the first place, He told me to, and I listened.
- I wish I would have known how much I would be learning.
I mean, really, how can you homeschool and not learn something new? I have learned the learning styles of my children, I have learned more about writing, history and science than I ever would have cared to know, but I am having fun learning with my kids. There is so much learning to do, that sometimes even I forget we are learning since I am having too much fun!
- I wish I would have known how much homeschooling is a great fit for our family.
No one can tell you if homeschooling is for you. They can tell you what does or doesn’t work for them, but they are not you. I have heard about the good, and the bad of homeschooling. I have seen the successes and failures of homeschooling. But I have also felt the failures and accomplishments of homeschooling.
No, homeschooling is not for everyone. You need to pray about it first. God will tell you if it is for you. You will have ups, but you will also have downs. Days when you think you made a huge mistake. Those days will be followed by times of success and accomplishment. While there is a lot I wish I would have known before homeschooling, I would not trade my experience and journey for anything.
What is the one thing you wish you would have known before you started to homeschool?