The following is a post from contributing writer Amanda Pelser.
If you’ve been homeschooling for more than a week, you’ve probably asked yourself this question: Am I doing enough in my homeschool?
You’re probably feeling like that the answer is no. Let me reassure you that the answer is probably yes.
Did you know*:
- By 8th grade, most homeschooled kids are on average 4 years ahead of their peers?
- Out of a 7.5 hour school day in the best schools, only 1.5 hours is spent in engaged learning time?
- Relationships and intimacy are key in learning?
- Age 5-12 are crucial to developing life-long habits?
- Reading to your child?
- Teaching your child to be a responsible member of your family?
- Helping your child develop good daily habits?
- Guiding your child get to reach a point where s/he love learning and can teach him/herself?
- Focusing on relationships over academics?
Stop worrying so much about the details and focus on the bigger goal. Start with your child rather than a scope & sequence guide. Rest assured, you’re probably spending more focused academic time than your child’s public school counterpart. If you’re doing most of the things I mentioned, then you’re doing enough. Let go of the guilt. You’re doing enough.
Amanda is preparing to start 1st grade with her 5 year old while her 1 1/2 year old runs around like a monkey. She blogs about life, motherhood, homeschooling, technology, books, faith, and more at ThePelsers.com.
* These statistics are taken from Zan Tyler’s talk on homeschooling in the elementary years at Apologia Live in Atlanta, GA in March 2012.