Homeschooling is a great solution for many families, and it is a privilege to educate our children. Some of our favorite benefits of homeschooling include individualized education, student-paced lessons, opportunities for interest-led learning, and a strengthened bond between parent and student. However, homeschooling does not come without its share of challenges. However, we have some solutions!
Our Solutions to 20 Common Homeschooling Obstacles
- How to Get Started Homeschooling. One of the most common challenges is how to start homeschooling, to begin with. Thankfully, we have several resources to help! I’d suggest checking out our How to Start Homeschooling guide and going from there!
- Homeschooling in Isolation. Whether you are a temporary homeschooler, or a long-term homeschool family, with the quarantine and importance of social distancing at the moment, it can still be difficult to homeschool in isolation. As homeschoolers, we are accustomed to co-ops and field trips. To combat loneliness, it can help to listen to homeschooling podcasts or Facetime with your homeschool friends!
- Deciding if Homeschooling is Right for Us. Deciding to homeschool is a big decision. Perhaps this page of resources will help answer whether it’s a good choice for your family.
- Figuring Out How to Get It All Done. Homeschool planning, organization, and maintaining a schedule are probably the most difficult aspects for all of us! As mom, teacher, and principal, how can you possibly get it all done? That’s why we have created this Sanity Saver Planner, which is so much more than just a planner. It has pages for a meal plan, chore charts, and more.
- How to Avoid Public-School-At-Home. Truthfully, it’s probably the most common choice of new homeschoolers to model their homeschool after public school. After all, that’s the only experience many of us have with education, and that’s what the professionals do, so isn’t that what school needs to look like? Not quite. Here’s why it may be a problem, and how to avoid it!
- Managing Different Age Groups. Homeschooling multiple ages is a feat for any parent! Each child needs an individualized program, your attention, and help in various areas — ALL AT THE SAME TIME. How can you possibly make it work?
- How Do I Get My Kids to Work Independently? Kids need to learn how to work independently, as we all need a level of self-sufficiency. Not only is it a necessity for them, but it also helps you, as the homeschooling parent, manage more efficiently. Here are tips for helping your kids begin to learn independently.
- How Can I Stay Motivated? Motivation throughout both semesters of the homeschool year is a difficulty that plagues all of us. To me, it feels like something I’m either doing great with or miserably in need of. However, we do have some ideas for helping keep up the motivation!
- How to Create a Homeschool Space. Some families are fortunate enough to have a dedicated office or schoolroom. However, many of us do not have the extra room available for a homeschool-only dedicated space. To that extent, we have lots of experience getting creative with homeschooling in a small space!
- How Can I Find a Routine Amid Health Issues? Many of us have begun homeschooling because of a health situation within our family. Whether your child requires lots of doctor visits and hospitalizations, or you as the parent struggle with health issues, homeschool may be your present solution. However, that doesn’t mean it’s easy to homeschool amid health issues. Here is a wonderful article with suggestions for simplifying your homeschool as much as you need.
- What if I Miss Something? None of us want any lessons or students slipping through the cracks, and this can be a real fear for homeschooling families. However, there are plenty of wonderful homeschool programs to help eliminate the fear of learning gaps by providing a solid, thorough curriculum, like Time4Learning.
- Avoiding Homeschool Burnout. Burnout is something many of us experience after the holidays, usually in January or February — or even toward the end of the year. At some point, we just get tired of the day-to-day efforts.
- Implementing a Reward System. Positive reinforcement is effective, but that doesn’t mean it’s simple to implement in our daily lives, or especially with homeschooling. We want to find incentives that work well enough to compel our students to remember good behavior. Hopefully, these suggestions will help.
- Homeschooling With Chronic Illness. Regardless of your personal situation, homeschooling may be the best choice for your family. However, it can still be a struggle to keep up with days of chronic illness and/or pain. I’m sure there are days when you feel guilty and like your kids aren’t learning as much as they should. We just want to say, that’s not true. You are doing great and your kids are fine! Still, we want to share our ideas for what to do when mom isn’t feeling up to it.
- Dealing With Mom Guilt. The moment women become mothers, they are plagued with guilt. It’s heartbreaking to think about. Are we doing enough? Should have we done something differently? Did we think of everything we needed? If I don’t, what will happen? That’ll be my fault… and on, and on. We don’t allow ourselves to be humans, who make mistakes, and it’s okay. We need rest, and it’s okay. Here are a few lies you shouldn’t believe about yourself!
- When To Push My Kids or Let It Go. Balance can be difficult to achieve, whether in personal life versus work, in exercise, in parenting, and certainly in homeschooling. Perhaps these four secrets of productive homeschool moms will help!
- How to Find Curriculum? Choosing the curriculum for your homeschool is a very difficult and personal decision. It can be overwhelming with all the products on the market, and we understand. Our comprehensive Resource Guide is here to help you narrow down your search!
- How to Homeschool With Learning Disabilities. It can be intimidating to homeschool a child with learning disabilities, but in actuality, homeschooling is a great choice for students with learning disabilities or special needs. Of course, it comes with its challenges, but you can do it!
- How to Teach Writing? For many parents, teaching your kids proper writing skills can be challenging. Whether writing has always been a struggle for you, or even if you excelled at writing in school, the act of teaching children to write can still be difficult. Thankfully, there are a lot of great resources to help, like online homeschool writing classes from Time4Writing!
- Tips for Increasing a Love of Reading. Reading is so important for our kids but can also be one of the biggest struggle areas in homeschooling. Books open worlds unknown and offer amazing stories, but some students just don’t see it. To them, it’s boring and too much work. A lot of the time, however, this reluctance stems from (1) not reading the right book yet, and (2) difficulty with reading itself. Here are our top suggestions to help encourage a love of reading!
10 Helpful Resources for Starting to Homeschool
For parents new to homeschooling requirements, an all-in-one, online curriculum like Time4Learning.com is a good place to start. This online education covers all grades and offers parent tools like grading and reporting.
- Homeschooling FAQ’s
- How to Start Homeschooling
- Homeschooling Tips for Beginners
- What’s the Difference Between Homeschool and Online School?
- Public School to Homeschool Mid-Year Guide
- Know Your Homeschool Terminology
- Homeschooled Temporarily? How to Transition from Homeschool to Public School
- How to Create a Daily Homeschool Schedule
- Homeschool Laws and Requirements
- Coronavirus: Temporary Homeschool Solutions