Thinking Alot About Homeschooling

by Melanie
(UK)

I have a 2.5 year old boy and a 7 month old girl and have been thinking alot about homeschooling. I also have extended family and friends who homeschool and I really want to do this for our family.


I am, however, a little worried about my own abilities to fill the role of educator. My husband is all for it but I do wonder if I will be enough for them, disciplined enough, organised enough, confident enough to know that I am doing what is right by them. Is this a common feeling for home educators to experience?

I feel the decision weighing on my mind as my son is due to go to nursery soon and a decision needs to be made. He is a very lively little man with huge amounts of energy, I don't want to deprive him of nursery if this will be more beneficial but I equally don't want to regret sending him if that would be detrimental.

Any thoughts and opinions on this matter would be greatly received. Many thanks!
Melanie - UK

Hi Melanie,
Yes, I think many, if not most home educators feel or have felt the same way you are feeling when they started homeschooling; I know I did.

You don't have anything to worry about, though! He is so very young and you've had the skills to raise and teach him so far, don't doubt yourself now!

As far as being full of energy, most boys are! I have a very busy 4yo, so I understand. There are many ways to dispel that energy through games, play, outside exercise, getting together with friends, etc. Little ones, especially boys tend to move from activity to activity (and sometimes very quickly), so don't try to make him sit down and learn for too long. They learn so much through play.

If you are concerned about teaching certain subjects, there is so much easy-to-use curriculum available to help make teaching any subject easy.

For example: For elementary math, we use a math program that includes everything you need to say to clearly explain lessons. This has been so helpful for me; I am not searching for the right words to explain concepts or confusing my kids. :)

For high school math, we used a math program that had videos for my daughter to watch. She never had any problems and never came to me for help.

If you have friends and family who homeschool AND your husband is supportive, I say, "Go for it!"

I hope I've eliminated some of your worry and concern. Others may share their thoughts and advice with you as well.
Blessings,
Heather :)

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Aug 30, 2011
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Thanks so much
by: Melanie

Hi Heather, thanks so much for your comments, I appreciate so much all you said and do feel I am worrying a little bit too early, guess I just want to be prepared but mostly I'm very excited about it and do believe it is the best thing all round.

Blessings to you and your family too x

Sep 01, 2011
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A Heart for Your Children
by: Tammy

Melanie,

Your son is your first child and you want the very best for him. Only you and your husband know what that is. I know many people who put their children in pre-school/nursery school/day care before they begin homeschooling. I know several who did not. Each had their own reasons for the choice they made. For example, by the time your son is old enough for Kindergarten and needs your full attention, your little one will be exploring and wanting your attention, too, so perhaps you may want to consider nursery school for the younger ages and begin homeschooling each at the kindergarten level.

On the other hand, you may want to explore with each of your children yourself and have all those wonderful experiences with your children. Perhaps you can arrange play dates with other children your son's age and have time to visit with other mothers.

The only guide book we have as parents is our hearts - the hearts that God gives us for our children. No matter how hard we try, we will make mistakes, but children learn from our mistakes, also. They learn how to say, "I'm sorry," because we are not afraid to say so to our children if we made a mistake. They learn to love because we love them. Trust your heart.

If there are no children around you that your son can play with at all, you may choose to send him to nursery school - or another alternative a couple of days per week and see how it goes for all of you. If there is an expectation in the UK that if you send your child to nursery school, you must follow-through with primary school, then that would be another consideration to look at, but I do not know the laws in the UK at all. If you have children around your son's age who have like-minded parents, then that is another option. Non of those choices would be irrevocable mistakes.

Follow your heart and do not be afraid. If you choose something and it does not work out, you are permitted to change your mind and go down a new path. Life is a journey down paths we cannot see. Be ready to explore this journey with your children down whatever path God leads you. Even if the path is not the ultimate path, there are still friends to be made and lessons to be learned. Know that God is with you and he gave you a loving husband and children to remind you of that each day.

God bless you, Melanie!

Tammy

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