Episode 24: What I Wish I Knew BEFORE I Started Homeschooling
By: Jamie Gaddy and Homeschool.com
This is Episode 24 of Homeschool.com’s Homeschooling and Loving It podcast… and today we’re gonna be completely transparent and share with you the dozen or so things that I REALLY wish I had know when I first started homeschooling!
So, back to my revelation of the 12 or so Things, I wish I had know BEFORE I started homeschooling… Some of these I guarantee will make you wonder – how in the world I DIDN’t know them… so no judging… here we go!
Just for fun, I’m starting at the bottom of my list…
#12 It’s so important to praise your kids.
#11 Embrace – Guard – Protect – the fact that you CANT do it all. You can’t – I CAN’T –
#10 Take time for yourself – Don’t get me wrong… I’m not promoting self-centeredness – but there is truth in the fact that you can’t pour yourself into your family without first being full yourself.
#9 Make your home a happy place. This ties in with the superwoman point – if your home has to be perfect 24/7 then your kids may feel that they can’t relax – can’t play- can’t have fun while homeschooling. Play fun music, play learning games, enjoy your homeschooling days together – – trust me they are over all too quick!
#8 Ease into homeschooling. Especially your first year, if you are completely new to this don’t jump in with an intensive curriculum. That will rob your joy faster than anything… and a sure-fire way to discourage yourself on Day 1. Find your fit – find a rhythm that works for you and run with it.
#7 Ignore the naysayers. There will always be someone who thinks you’re crazy. Get used to it.
#6 Take Breaks! Long breaks – short breaks – snack breaks – whatever you need! There aren’t any homeschool nazis here… in fact, everyone will homeschool better and enjoy it more if you DO take breaks!
#5 Don’t expect your children to learn alike. This was a big assumption that was also based on the next few I’ll mention.
#4 Homeschool doesn’t need to be “school at home” – Another one of my big “face-plants.”
#3 Embrace the Freedom – For a long time, I felt that we HAD to complete grades by a certain time or accomplish certain learning milestones.
#2 Homeschooling Should Meet the Child Where they are – So in all of my trial and error – what I was missing most was the most important!
#1 Understand how your child learns… Yes, I’ve already mentioned that each child learns differently – and that homeschooling needs to meet them where they are – – but you can’t do either of those without truly gaining a working understanding of how your child learns – what makes them tick – what is their favorite way to learn? What is their learning personality?
What have you learned through your journey? Share it with me, I love to hear your stories too!
About the Series
Where'd my instruction manual go??? I know we've all wondered that about parenting and homeschooling! Join us as we chat about the big stuff and everything in-between! Helping homeschoolers with practical teaching tips to find all they need to Homeschool and Love it!!