When we first began homeschooling, it seems like an exciting, scary, wonderful, overwhelming endeavor – one that I knew little about. In the ensuing 9 years, we’ve had good moments and bad moments. We’ve laughed and we’ve cried. We’ve tried and erred. And, I’ve learned a few truths that I wish I’d known from the beginning.
1. My homeschool doesn’t have to look like a public school classroom, my best friend’s homeschool or my favorite blogger’s homeschool.
2. It’s HOMEschool, not homeSCHOOL.
3. Being flexible is an asset, not a character flaw.
4. The days may drag by, but the years fly. Enjoy the days.
5. This, too, shall pass.
6. Sometimes tossing the lesson plans out the window and heading out for an impromptu field trip or snuggling under the covers with a few good books is the best course of action.
7. There will be days when you cry, scream, and feel like throwing in the towel – before lunch.
8. There will be days and moments that make up for #7.
9. Ticonderoga pencils really are the “world’s best pencil.”
10. You will doubt yourself. That shows that you’re human, not a failure.
11. Homeschooling is about 30% academics, 70% relationships/character building.
12. Don’t ever disdain the way someone else’s school looks. There are many seasons in life and, at some point before your children graduate, your homeschool may look like the one you currently disdain.
13. If you have more than one child, you don’t ever have to worry about your kids not knowing how to deal with a bully or engage in conflict resolution.
14. If you have more than one child, you don’t ever have to worry about your kids not having friends – despite how they may act at times.
15. They will learn to read.
16. Not only can you tailor your school to your child’s natural talents and gifts, you should.
17. Just because public schools put all the emphasis on reading, writing, and math, while largely ignoring the fine arts doesn’t mean you have to.
18. Focus on what you ARE accomplishing, rather than on what is falling by the wayside.
19. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1
20. No one ever said homeschooling was easy.
21. Taking a “life skills” day to catch up on laundry, housework and cooking has educational value and, on occasion, can save your sanity.
22. Quality literature can provide much more educational value than dry textbooks.
23. The project/science experiment/craft doesn’t have to go exactly as planned to have educational value. Some of the greatest inventions were the result of “failures.”
24. God gave you your family for a reason. Do what works for you.
25. Rabbit trails can provide some of the most memorable learning moments and memories that your family will treasure.
26. Games can be a fun, inexpensive way to teach new concepts or review skills.
27. It’s great when school can be fun, but it’s not your job to entertain your kids. Sometimes we have to do things that aren’t fun. That’s life.
28. Sometimes that skill you’ve been trying forever to pound into your kid’s head takes off like wildfire when their interest level catches up to their skill level – or vice versa.
29. Having a certain meal for each day of the week makes planning lunches a whole lot simpler.
30. Investing in your kids will always be worth the time, struggle, and temporary frustration.
Kris is the sweet-tea-drinking, classically eclectic, slightly Charlotte Mason mom to her three Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She chronicles her transformation from morbidly obese couch potato to 5K runner on her fitness blog, Eclipsed.