Home Education – 10 Things You Need to Know
- There is no perfect curriculum – Don’t spend all of your energy searching for the perfect curriculum, it does not exist. You will come across methods that work better for you and your family than others, but nothing is perfect, and all curriculums will probably take a bit of tweaking here and there.
- Relationships are more important than work – Sometimes it’s necessary to put aside the books and work on relationships. Home Education is a family lifestyle, not just another form of school.
- Do what works for your family – Keep your eyes on your own successes and don’t fall into the comparison trap.
- Be willing to let some things go – It’s challenging to have a perfectly decorated home, a spotlessly clean home, laundry up to date and a gourmet meal on the table every single day. It’s okay to let one (or more!) of those things go. You haven’t failed as a wife, mother, or teacher.
- Be flexible – Be willing to put the books away if a friend calls and invites you on a Picnic or if it’s a sunny day get out and enjoy nature. Being spontaneous and flexible can open doors to some of the best learning and family experiences.
- Set goals – How do you know how far you’ve come if you don’t know where you started?
- Write a mission statement – Write down your “why” so you can refer to it on those crazy “why am I doing this?” days
- Expect criticism – Not everyone is going to agree with your decision to home educate. Maintain your confidence that you are making the right choice for your family.
- Mental Health is more important than education. If your child or yourself for that matter need to take some time to re-group and work on personal issues such as mental health, then do it. If your child has poor mental health they have no basis to gain a good education. Mental Health and it’s importance is often overlooked.
- Have fun learning together as a family, but every lesson doesn’t need to be fun! – Some things in life just have to be done whether we enjoy them or not. The same is true of education. Sometimes we just need to buckle down and do hard things.
Welcome to the wonderful world of home educating! Enjoy your journey.