Dear fellow homeschooler,
As I mentioned in my first Advice newsletter, I homeschooled all the way from preschool to college, made plenty of mistakes, and learned a lot along the way. One of the most important things I learned, and probably the best piece of advice I have for you is…
Less teaching – More cheerleading
Our children are learning machines and they do not need us to pour information into their heads. One of the best ways to learn something is to teach yourself or to teach someone else, so one of my favorite tricks with my kids is to say:
“Wow! How did you learn that? That’s very cool.”
You point them in the right direction, and then you stand by and cheer them on as they gobble up the information. If you try to do everything yourself, you may find yourself burning out and giving up on homeschooling altogether.
Now I want to be YOUR cheerleader – I believe in you. So here are some of the ideas that kept me going all those years. I hope these will be a cup of inspiration for you.
- Do Schools Kill Creativity?
- The Future of Learning
- I have a special needs son. I didn’t homeschool because he was special needs, but it sure made his life better. I love this book about how one mother changed her child’s life by creating an education for him that emphasized his interests.
- Last but not least, check out this video by a young homeschooler who took the Ted stage to explain and celebrate how he homeschools himself. Thanks Logan!
Take good care of yourself and enjoy the journey. These are precious times with the people you love most in the world.
Sending you lots of love and good wishes,