Written by Amida of Journey Into Unschooling
Ready to rise from the ranks of a newbie homeschooler to a genuine pro?
While I don’t guarantee overnight success, I can offer a few tips to get you headed in the right direction.
Three R’s to Successful Homeschooling
1. Redefine yourself.
Classical, Eclectic, Unschooler… Whatever you call yourself, don’t let the standard definitions confine you.
Just because I blog about our “Journey Into Unschooling” doesn’t mean I never break out the worksheets or <gasp> refer to a textbook. We use whatever feels right at the moment, regardless of how a true “unschooler” is supposed to learn.
Flexibility is the homeschooler’s middle name.
2. Remind yourself of your goal.
For whatever reason, we all stumbled upon homeschooling as the best way to educate our children. The road is long though, and many times, we go into autopilot and forget why we do what we do.
Don’t fall asleep at the wheel! Just like any long drive, we need a break. We need to stop and refuel, refresh, and refocus ourselves. We need to remind ourselves why we are even on this journey to begin with.
At these breaks, I like a refresher course on some of my favorite articles and books on homeschooling. It never fails to put the fire back into me and remind me it’s not about completing assignment #119. Here are some of my personal favorites:
This is a good one for all aspects of life, and is especially useful for the homeschooling educator. If you ever find yourself stressing out or worrying about whether you are ruining your children’s futures, just take deep breath and relax. Most of us don’t work well under pressure. Rather than making it miserable for all involved, let the kids play.
Missing a couple of days (or even a week) of school for the sake of recharging isn’t going to set your kids back. After playing Monopoly five days in a row, they might even welcome the math, or gain a new understanding of a concept they’ve been stuck on. If not, at least the break would have help you regain some sanity. Tomorrow is always a new day.
The opportunity to homeschool our children is a privilege not everyone can have. Take the time to remind yourself how lucky you are and everyone will benefit from this special time together.
What advice can you give to the newbie homeschooler?