Episode 45: Getting Started and Unrealistic Homeschool Expectations| Guest Andrea Dillon
By: Jamie Gaddy and Homeschool.com
Before we get started, I’d like to introduce my co-host today – Andrea Dillon – from A2Zhomeschooling.com. Andrea, we’re glad you could join us! I’ve known Andrea for several years and she is an amazing super smart “teacher turned homeschool” mom of two. She is also a single mom homeschooling – So – for those of you struggling to figure out how to homeschool as a single parent… today is the day to ask your questions! I know Andrea will be glad to share.
So to get our feet wet today – we’re just going to Talk Homeschooling for a few minutes until we get some questions in – and at the end we’ll answer your questions and questions that were sent in earlier.
For those of you just starting out, I know homeschooling may seem overwhelming. But we want to point out that you don’t have to feel alone. We’ve been there – in fact, 14 years ago when I started homeschooling there wasn’t a lot of support. But we want you to know today – we’re right here – supporting you on your homeschool journey.
A lot of our interactions in today’s world are virtual – but don’t forget there may be some amazing support opportunities in your local community. Even with the situation today I would encourage you to reach out for local support. You can also visit our support groups page on Homeschool.com for help finding groups in your area…
Have you heard about homeschool microschools or learning pods?
So – I’m sure many of you are wondering if you’re even cut out for homeschooling? If you started in January – you may be still in the “sticker shock” phase. But, even if you’re wondering if you’re smart enough or if you can really give your kids the education they need – – – the big answer is YES! -no matter who you are, where you live, what your unique abilities are – – you can homeschool your children. AND even prepare them for their future or for college.
The bottom line requirement is simply the ability to foster a love of learning. That takes no special skill – no formal education – and most younger children already have this “inquiring mind” built in… so it’s just a matter of directing them. And for those of us who’ve been doing this a while we’d assure you to make LIFE your most important curriculum.
I want to also say – that when it comes to homeschooling your child – YOU ARE THE EXPERT!
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!!