“Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” Eleanor Roosevelt
Confession: I was a reluctant homeschooling mom. Even though I had spent eight years in the education field, overseeing large groups of school-aged children, implementing curriculum, and creating top-notch lesson plans for weeks ahead of time, I had genuine fear and concern about educating my own children. I believe this is a very common feeling when one considers the path of home educating.
I was never homeschooled. I attended a private Christian school and loved my time spent there. Growing up, I knew very few kids who were homeschooled. I didn’t have a lot to go off of, but I started to explore the idea of homeschooling when my oldest daughter was four years old. I realized that home educating had several advantages and I decided that I would homeschool my daughter for Kindergarten. The first few weeks started off rocky, but we hit our homeschool groove about three to four weeks into the school year. This seems to be a pattern–it takes three to four weeks to get back into the swing of things at the beginning of each school year!
I had several key people encouraging me to homeschool and provided me with books, resources, curriculum, and experience. For me, it was crucial to have support: I scoured homeschool blogs, and enthusiastically read several books about home educating. I also made lists (lots and lots of lists).
One of the most influential books I read was Seasons of a Mother’s Heart by Sally Clarkson. You can find the book here: Seasons of a Mother’s Heart (affiliate link)
Her book spoke volumes to me and the encouragement and confidence I gained from that single book equipped my heart for homeschooling my children. My heart was being drawn to this journey and I realized that this education path for my children was more than just doing schoolwork at home. My heart had to be in it, or this journey would not succeed. I am thankful for the time I considered what it would mean to be a homeschooling mom, as I feel that I was more prepared and ready to take on the task!
How can you find support while considering or starting to homeschool your children:
- Speak with other homeschool families. Ask lots of questions!
- Read books and articles about homeschooling, including the several different approaches to home educating (Charlotte Mason, Classical, Unit Studies, Unschooling, etc).
- Start researching homeschool groups in your area. Or, consider starting a homeschool group!
- Social media is filled with homeschool ideas, philosophies, and encouragement. Find a few sites to get inspired and encouraged!
For those who homeschool, how did you feel when you started to homeschool? Did you always want to homeschool?
For those considering homeschooling, what is your biggest question or concern?