Thinking about homeschooling? Don’t let those social media posts about parents spending over an hour on one kindergarten worksheet with their child scare you. Real life homeschooling doesn’t look anything like that. In fact, homeschooling kindergarten can be finished in 30 minutes or less. There is no reason in the world for a 5-year-old to be sitting for several hours a day doing worksheets.
It’s undeniable that we’re living in extremely troubling times. Businesses are closed, schools are closed, and people are just plain scared.
I’ve been extremely saddened to see some parents in complete despair over the fact that schools are closed. A few have even outright said that now their kids will be “stupid.” (I wish I were joking.) It doesn’t help that people associated with the NEA have been tweeting sentiments that support these fears, so today I’m going to set the record straight…
KIDS DON’T NEED SCHOOL TO LEARN
Being a mom of many has its perks when it comes to homeschooling. After being at this for 11 years now, I’ve begun to notice a natural transition of learning between age groups, and I’ve been able to use that to my children’s advantage.
Conventional schooling has kids using the same learning method from Kindergarten to 12th grade, but I think most people would agree that the needs of a 6-year-old are not going to match those of a 16-year-old.
Am I right??
I’ve come to the realization that we parents – homeschool parents, to be precise – have an unhealthy obsession with curriculum.
Have you noticed that there seems to be a curriculum for EVERYTHING nowadays?? Your homeschool mom brain might think that’s a good thing, but is it?
When you hear the word “deschooling,” what image usually comes to mind?
I usually think of a child playing, or watching TV, or reading a book in a leisurely way. After all, isn’t that what deschooling is all about? Giving a child time to let go of school and embrace learning in a more natural way?
Well, yes and no.
You see, the above description certainly is a part of deschooling – a very important part, I might add – but there is another crucial element that many homeschooling families overlook:
It’s that time of year again – that period when we homeschooling families tend to finish up what we’ve been working on and either take a break or begin preparing for a new year.
A common theme I’ve noticed perpetuating social media threads is that of “missed work.” I’ve seen many people posting about prolonging the year or homeschooling through the summer specifically to make up for missed work.
That, my friends, is never something you should fret about.
Let me tell you why. Continue reading “Why We Don’t Make Up Missed Work in Our Homeschool”
As a type-A homeschool mom who has been through burnout and the nightmare of temporarily putting my kids back in school, there are a few things that will literally make me cringe when they come up in homeschool circles.
As the holidays seemingly arrive with astounding speed this year, it can be quite easy to be overcome with the stress of knowing that not only has the Christmas season appeared with little warning, but as a homeschooling parent, you are still responsible for educating your child during this time.
What to do?
Although many families attempt to trudge through like the troopers they are, quite a few realize after a brief time that it just isn’t going to work. How can it with all of the busyness that often accompanies this time of year?
There’s shopping and baking to be done, relatives to visit, carols to be learned, scarves to be knitted, and trees to be decorated. Where does homeschooling fit into all of this? Continue reading “Homeschool Holiday Stress? The Solution Is Within Your Reach!”
I guess some homeschool stereotypes can be true. Take our family as an example.
- Super-size family? Check.
- Christians? Check.
- Homebodies? Sigh. Okay. Check.
Sometimes it can be extremely hard to rid ourselves of an accepted concept that not only we grew up with, but so did our parents, grandparents, and, sometimes, our great-grandparents. The educational institution we know of today has only existed for a very short time when compared with the rest of history as we know it; however, since the past several generations have never known anything different than the brick-and-mortar school setting, oftentimes our idea of what “real” education looks like gets crammed into a neat little illustration of what’s going on within the four walls of the public school down the street. Continue reading “10 Books That Will Forever Change the Way You Look at Learning”