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There are plenty of things I wish I knew when I first started homeschooling. Are you one of many new homeschoolers that is getting started with this homeschool journey in 2022 and beyond? Listen to the podcast, or view the video below for tips.
Tips for new homeschoolers
Well, I definitely have some tips for you to consider as you get started. Hopefully, you won’t have to learn your lessons the hard way as I did. Things can go so much smoother for you and your family if you just follow some of the tips I’m going to be sharing with you in this week’s podcast. As new homeschoolers, sometimes we just need a boost of encouragement.
You don’t have to know it all.
You really, truly don’t need to know how to teach everything, do everything. A lot of what your children will learn will not be because you taught them directly, but because they are like sponges, learning and growing according to their environment. It’s okay to lighten up a bit, knowing that they are going to learn what they need to, when they need to. And mama, you don’t have to have all the knowledge before your kids do. Sometimes they figure it out before you, and other times we can tap into the wonderful resources of others who can help us teach our kids.
As new homeschoolers, you don’t have to do it all.
When I first started homeschooling my kindergartener, I had a newborn baby at tow…and I was a fanatic about making sure I dotted all my i’s and crossed all my t’s. Determining to make a full-fledged classically educating family out of our homeschool experience, I purchased everything Susan Wise Bauer recommended to start teaching my kindergartner classically- from Day 1. And I soon realized only six months down the road, that I really shouldn’t have bought into the idea of choosing a philosophy, much less putting pressure on myself to teach every subject every day with my 5-year-old.
I lived and I learned. Now I’m passing on this knowledge to you! You don’t have to do all the subjects every day. New homeschoolers, take your time through homeschooling.
Relax more, stress less, and don’t overplan
Our kids are only young for a short season. It’s better to do less stressing and spend more time enjoying our children. No need to be a drill seargent- our kids will appreciate us all the more for the times we spend time with them, not for how many times we reminded them to finish their homework.
I hope you enjoyed this episode! If this has been an encouragement to you, please leave a review in Itunes.
Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!