Our Homeschooling Journey
Then and Now
Fortunately, that was then and this is now. Now I have a passion for our learning together time. What happened between then and now? How did it get from me being hesitant to even do this thing to the eagerness I have for it now?
I am entering our fourth year of homeschooling. Ashley was in kindergarten when we started and she will soon be beginning grade three. She has prospered and grown so much over the past few years. Now, she and I share our enthusiasm over her love of learning.
In the beginning
The longer I home school my daughter, the more I enjoy it. There are so many rewarding moments that I do and will always treasure.
It didn't start out that way. At the beginning of our homeschooling journey, I struggled with many doubts, fears and anxieties. Would I do a good job? Would I be able to handle the responsibilities and routines that would be needed? Did I have the skills to teach my daughter in all the subjects that I wanted to pursue?There was an ever-nagging presence of insecurity and doubt.
What is the Key?
I think the key to it all is to relax and have fun with it. Incorporate playing games in to your school day. Follow your child's lead. You will become aware of her learning style and interests early in the journey. Admit your mistakes and let your child know that it's okay to be wrong some times. If we never experienced errors, how would we appreciate successes? It is vital that you teach this to your child, and learn from it yourself, at the same time.
It's your teacher/parent to student/child relationship that counts. It's not important extensive rooms equipped with the latest technological finds. You don't need to have a large building and a huge gymnasium built into your home. The important ingredient here is love, love for your child and a love of learning. The rest will follow.
Relax and try different methods and different approaches to your teaching. Use a variety of styles. Don't compare your homeschooling situation to someone else's. You and your child are unique and what works well for some, may not succeed for others. You will find your "fit".
Don't get me wrong. It is good to explore how others home school. It is wonderful to encourage and seek advice from others. Join a home school co-op where you can share ideas,strategies, successes and failures.
Believe in yourself and your abilities. Don't listen to the negative critics and comments, which are sure to be thrown your way. Start with that basics that you are comfortable with. Take your time and start slowly. No need to dive in all at once, unless of course, you want to.
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Recruit help from friends, family members and the community at large. There is a wealth of expertise all around you. If you know someone who loves to cook and bake, enlist their help with home economics or life skills. Recipes can be used for teaching math facts. If the recipe originated in another country, you could do a social unit about that country. Have your child research the country, discover the national flag and some of the historical facts. If you want, you could also do an art lesson based around the theme. The possibilities are endless.
If you know someone who has a love of sport, be it golf, hockey, baseball or any other sport, ask them to provide you with some tips or if they'd like to take on a session or two with your child, teaching them the basics and explaining the rules of the game.
I'm sure there will be many ups and downs on this journey we are taking. Here's to the next chapter of our homeschooling adventure.
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