Thinking Alot About Homeschooling
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 - UKHi 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.