How To: HOMESCHOOLING for Beginners

Jenny/ March 18, 2020/ Family Life, Homeschool Reviews

So all the hype right now is on the new to many concept of homeschooling because of this not-so-lovely virus COVID-19 going around. It literally has our world in an uproar! And while I will in no way attempt to give advice on this nasty virus other than wash your hands and stay home as much as possible, I will give some help in case you’re finding yourself suddenly homeschooling in How To: Homeschooling for Beginners!

Disclaimer: I use affiliate links of products I personally use and love!

First off, Don’t Panic if you’re thrust into homeschooling!

Just chill out. It may seem overwhelming at first, but you got this! I’m betting that if you’re a decent parent you’re already homeschooling to some extent anyway. How? You ask. Well, you help your kids with homework every single night, don’t you? And you’re the one who helps them with school projects aren’t you? See God made you their mom and gave you the ability to not only nurture them but also educate them. You honestly don’t need EXPERTS…GASP!

Secondly, its becoming Spring where we live so it is absolutely the most perfect time to start homeschooling! Why? Because you can do so much stuff OUTSIDE. Yes, definitely take your kids outside to not only work but also to explore, adventure and just play. Play is a 4 letter word but a really great one.

Read my post on “Bring Out The WILD in Your Child” for more help with that!

So how to start this new adventure?

I understand you don’t want your kids to fall behind or stop learning. That’s wonderful! In fact now’s the perfect time to actually assess where your children really are. I know, I know, they’re in such and such grade in school. Hate to tell you this, but that really means NOTHING…Why? Because its impossible for 30 children to be at the exact same spot at the same time. We’re all individuals so we are not going to learn at the same pace.

What does that mean for you? Well your child may be behind, ahead or right on. They may need to go back to phonics to really get it or maybe they should just skip this stuff because its simply too easy. So feel them out to see where they really should be learning at.

Now how should you teach them?

Oh wow! Your opportunities just got amazing! You can use a full curriculum, piece together your own or subscribe to SchoolhouseTeachers.com which has everything to homeschool your entire family for a ridiculously low price! There’s also wonderful single programs like CTCMath (you can read my review on that to get a feel for it) and Pride Reading Program. Then there are a gazillion other ones like Let’s Go Geography. And if you want you can teach completely from living books!

BTW we do a mixture of all of these! So if you want homeschool product reviews you are definitely in the right place!

Don’t stress Mama! It will take time to get in a groove for both you and your kids. This may be completely uncharted waters for you but you CAN DO IT! Who knows? You might love it so much that you’ll never go back to the oppressive system of being told when your child should be in school, what they should be taught and how they have to learn it! Freedom is insanely addicting and you might just be crazy about the idea of taking vacation or sick days with no penalty…just saying..

I frankly can’t imagine not homeschooling and it’s not because every day is magical and my kids are angelsπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ they’re not and my days aren’t perfect but….I know in my heart that what I’m doing is bringing up a generation that is independent, bold, centered on the rock of Jesus Christ and they are allowed the opportunity to thrive in an environment that supports all that, not works to thwart all of that! So give it your best! You’ll be happy you did!

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Jenny is a homeschooling mom of 4 and wife to a wonderful husband. She enjoys reading, a good cup of coffee, and spending time outdoors with her family. You can find her writing about Jesus, homeschooling, and life on her blog Our Inconvenient Family, and contributing regularly at Lifeschooling Conference.