Home School

Some Advice for Beginning Home Schoolers

*This post was originally published in Feb. 2012, and the picture is from 2007, our first year of homeschooling. Caleb was in third grade, Joshua was in first, Isaac and Micaiah were not yet schooling officially. I can’t believe we are now on our ninth year of home schooling.

The reality is that we, as parents, want to give our children the best.  We want to give them everything we had, everything we didn’t have, and then more.  This is completely normal.  But when it comes to homeschooling it is so much better to start small.

There is TONS of good stuff out there.  And as you start to sift through it all, you will want to try lots of really great things.  And you CAN try lots of really great things, just don’t try them in the beginning.

WAIT.

Get only the core subjects at first.  Math, Language Arts, Science, and History/Social Studies. And only do those subjects for at least two months.  You might feel like you aren’t doing enough, you might feel like you have too much extra time during the day.  That’s OK.  Seriously.

Homeschooling, like life, has lots of ups and downs.  And if you are transitioning a child out of public school there can be even more.  You need to give yourself time to ease in to this new adventure.  Slow and steady wins the race.

After spending at least two months (or a whole semester) with the core subjects, then slowly add in the electives you want.  You will probably already be doing other activities, like church, sports, etc. so don’t overwhelm yourself.  A homeschool stuffed full of activites and a stressed out mom/teacher is NOT what you want.  You will burn out and give up fast.

There will be lots of things you try that won’t work out for you.  That’s ok.  What’s worse is to buy a whole bunch of electives with grand plans that just sit on a shelf or in a closet and never get used.

Start slow and with only the core subjects.  You’ll be glad you did.

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  • jacqueline
    February 9, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Amen. A lot of the “extras” tend to get incorporated in when sticking to the 4 basics anyway. Trying to seperate them ito seperate subjects for multiple children isn’t something I’ve done in about 3 years. When we learn about sound waves and he ear we’ll do a mini unit on the classics(Mozart, Beethoven,etc.) I’ve got that shelf full of elective curriculum that taunts me everytime I walk by it. 🙂
    Great post!

    • bridgetbabione
      February 10, 2012 at 9:48 am

      “A lot of the “extras” tend to get incorporated in when sticking to the 4 basics anyway.”

      Amen, sister! Thanks for adding that!!! Yep, before we moved to FL I had that shelf of unused extras that taunted me too. Then I purged it all before we moved here and have felt so much lighter and more focused.

  • Seth
    February 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    By the way really really enjoying this series on homeschooling. Can’t wait for more to come.

    • bridgetbabione
      February 10, 2012 at 9:46 am

      Thanks, Seth! I’m sure you and Vora have learned your own lessons in your homeschooling journey. Feel free to share any in the comments! 🙂

  • Katrina
    February 22, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    I love reading your blog, I’m interested to know what you use as far as curriculum for your home school. Keep the good reads coming :-).
    Kate

    • Bridget
      February 22, 2016 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks, Kate! I’m working on those posts for the near future!

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