Do you feel that your kids will benefit more if they learn from you? Are you sure that you will be a better teacher than those in your children’s school? Do you think you are ready to discover homeschooling? Are you looking for homeschooling information?
So, who are these people who Homeschool – and should you join in? I’ll tell you who should Homeschool:
First, how do you know if you are ready for it? Consider the following:
1. Are you ready to give up your time?
Remember that homeschooling is not just about reading books to your kids. It means that there will be the usual lesson plans, papers, projects, and yes, even field trips!
2. Are you ready to give up your work?
Yes, once you decide to educate your kids yourself, it means that you have to surrender your other career. It will be hard to juggle both.
3. Can you still handle the laundry and other household chores?
If you can, good for you. If not, then you might as well ask for help from a maid or cleaning service.
4. Is your kid okay with it?
If your child is against homeschooling right from the start, then think twice about it. You might just have a hard time getting your kid out of bed and to the study desk.
5. Can you teach?
This is the most important question of all. Can you handle the pressures of being a teacher? Are you patient enough? Try tutors if you are not.
Now, if all the answers are “yes” then that means you go for it!
Anyone who has a burning desire to be with their kids more.
Seriously. They grow up incredibly fast.
Anyone with kids.
Even if they aren’t your own – grandparents homeschool grandchildren all the time. There are even families who share homeschooling responsibilities with other families – both of you can work part-time or flex schedules and still homeschool!
Anyone, regardless of your education level.
High school diploma, Bachelor’s, Doctorate – anyone. Don’t feel less than if you only have a GED, and on the other side of that token, don’t feel that you’re throwing your education away if you have a Doctorate. If you’re led to do the best by your children, do it.
Anyone who has a child with special needs.
Who better than you to personalize their very own learning experience? No need to miss school because of tons of Dr appointments – bring school along!
Anyone who wants to have fun with their kids.
There will be tough days, but there will also be fun, and rewarding, aha! days – and you get to see them all!!!
Anyone who doesn’t want their child tested to death.
Want a child who knows how to manipulate a multiple choice test, or one who can feel free to dive as deeply as they wish into any subject they’re curious about? (How do you fall asleep is our latest research endeavor.)
Anyone who’s just a little bit crazy.
Crazy enough to take on this challenge – it will be rewarding – but also challenging at times!
Anyone who wants freedom in choosing what their children learn.
From specific subjects to learned behaviors, to prejudices – there are so many benefits to homeschooling.
Anyone in a family, anyone single, anyone a widow.
If you’re in any need financially, check out www.homeschoolfoundation.org they may be able to help you continue homeschooling.
Anyone who wants to travel.
Pack up school, and bring it with you!
Anyone who needs to be flexible for a spouse’s job.
Have a spouse who works seasonal and is away a lot? Have a spouse who travels monthly, weekly, etc., etc.? Make your schedule work for your family – school breaks come when you need them!
Anyone who wants to do school when they want.
Year-round (yikes – not me!); start in Aug – end in May; take a month off for Holidays, 4-day weeks, whatever you want to do, you can make it happen!
Anyone who wants their kids to learn by experience.
Cook, sew, travel, museums, keep a plant alive all winter, volunteer – anything can supplement homeschooling.
Anyone who wants their child to have more of a natural sleep pattern.
I remember me when I was a teen – and now my pre-teen is just like I was – SUPER DUPER grumbly in the morning. I don’t wanna yell and fight every morning! ‘Nuff said – 6 am bus stop – nope!
Who Should Homeschool?
Especially anyone who wants to wear PJs all day 😉