So, God gave me all these kids (or maybe He gave you just one?) and we’ve decided to educate them at home, now what? Does this question haunt you? I know it hovered in the back of my mind all those years ago when we began our homeschooling journey.
What if I do it wrong? What if he doesn’t like what we are doing? What if she won’t listen to me? What if we don’t have the money to spend on all those books and materials everyone tells us we should be using? These questions can be paralyzing.
- Take Action – Rather than let the unknowns or the fear of doing thing wrong keep you from moving forward, take action. Look at the curriculum options available make a choice. I was not a trained teacher, but I was a mom who wanted her child to learn and grow. That was motivation enough for me to try something, anything! We made the choice to use unit studies rather than a traditional textbook style curriculum. For you it might be a different choice. That’s ok! The important thing is to choose something. No choice is the perfect choice, but every choice provides the opportunity to learn something.
- Do Something – Take a step forward by doing something . . . anything! Read out loud the only three picture books you have sitting on the shelf. And read them again. And again. Give your child a stack of junk mail and scrap paper to cut and paste the pieces in to their own masterpieces. Take a walk and count the bugs you see or cracks in the sidewalk or leaves under your feet. Name the letters you see on the billboards as you travel around town. Write down the story your preschooler just told you and let her illustrate it. Education happens as we live our days, even if mom didn’t have a plan for the day or the school books sat on the shelf.
- Don’t be Afraid to Try – Analyzing the how’s and the when’s and the what-for’s can be helpful, but if it keeps you from moving forward, it’s a hindrance. Making an effort to engage your child in conversation and play will stimulate his mind and his body, even if you haven’t worked through a full lesson of arithmetic. Discussing ideas together is a good thing even if you have not diagrammed sentences that day. Any positive interaction means you are all better off than you were yesterday.
When you are not sure where to start, or where to go next – if you are a not sure what direction to take or which curriculum is best, take action anyway. All the details will come with time, and with trial and error. Jumping in and giving things a try just might be what helps you see the things that work and the things that won’t work.
Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.
You don’t have to have all the answers, or a guarantee, just take action, do something, don’t be afraid to try. What tips do you have for those times when we are unsure of what to do next?
Over the next several weeks I will be blogging through the alphabet, sharing thoughts I hope will encourage the homeschooling mom in her own homeschooling journey. Join me every Monday as we work our way from A to Z! Click on the image below to see all the posts in the series.