Do You Have What It Takes To Homeschool?

The question on everyone’s mind these days is “what now?” In these uncertain times, what will my child’s school year look like? Will it be online? Will they be in-class? Even worse, will it be both? Do I really want my child to have to adjust back and forth between in-class and online school, never knowing what the next day holds? These are the things I am hearing as I talk with moms of kids anticipating the new school year.

So what are the options? You can wait and see what happens and hope for the best. Perhaps students will be able to go back to school as normal and stay in school the entire year. Perhaps? Yes! Likely? No!

You could choose an online option from the beginning. There are public school options that are all online. You are usually required to do all of the schooling during normal school hours. That would allow for some consistency in both time of day and the method through which your student learns. However, if your kids are home this year, it makes more sense to have the flexibility in their school schedule to work with your family schedule.

You could choose to homeschool. Homeschooling would allow for consistency in the way you school your children. They will know what the next day and week holds. And you can arrange their school schedule around your family schedule.

So you might be asking yourself… Do I have what it takes to homeschool my kids?

  • Determination - You have to be firm in your purpose. You have to know that this is best for your student right now. You don’t have to have all the answers of how you will do it, but you have to know that you will do it and finish the year. Determination is where you get the energy to be consistent. You don’t have to commit to keeping them home through high school. You just have to commit to homeschooling for one school year. You can then re-evaluate at the end of the year and decide if you should school them at home again the next year.

  • Consistency - You have to make sure that you keep on keeping on. You can’t do school with your child well for 3 weeks and then grow weary and give up. You can slow down for a week for illness or other serious life situation, but then you have to pick up where you left off and keep moving forward. Have a consistent schedule. You can be flexible and still have a schedule. Children thrive when there are schedules and expectations. That schedule allows you to be consistent. But, the schedule doesn’t have to look like a regular school schedule. It can be whatever you want it to be as long as it allows for regular and consistent time dedicated to schoolwork.

  • A Plan - You must have a plan. This plan will include a schedule and what you will teach. Most packaged curriculum have done the hard work of figuring out what are the standard skills taught in each grade. If you don’t want to do that work yourself, then use a packaged curriculum. That can be your plan. Or you can make your own educational plan by picking and choosing different curriculum. Just have a plan. You can even tweak your plan mid-year if it isn’t working...Just have a plan. Having a plan allows you to be consistent.

Remember that what you did last year after spring break was not really true homeschooling. Go read my post #10 Five ways Coronaschooling is not Homeschooling to refresh your memory. This year can be different. You can do it! Join your local homeschool group for local support. You will find friends for yourself, friends for your children, and most importantly you will find a community of people who will help you along the way.

Don’t just survive...THRIVE!