Starting Homeschooling Step Three-Know YourselfJul 14th, 2008 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: New to Homeschooling
What kind of teaching role in the home do you want to take?
Do you enjoy pulling out all the stops and making a mess while you dig into learning with projects and experiments?
Do you prefer an orderly home with a set schedule where you can plan out any such experiments and ensure that you have just the right materials before you begin?
Are you a creative individual who loves to find new ways to explore?
Are you an individual who can take someone else’s creative ideas and tailor them to your kids?
Are you an individual who needs structure?
Are you one who prefers to “wing it” and see where the day takes you?
These questions are important to explore before beginning your search for just the right curriculum.
Why? Because they help to define the kind of homeschool program you need.
If you are super creative, you might want to consider a program that allows room for that creative flair. However, if you are one who has trouble coming up with your own ideas, but can take an idea and make it better, you may need a program that is already laid out for you, providing time for enrichments of your own.
One big struggle among homeschoolers is the comparison game–”Look at what Sue is doing. Her kids are doing so well! I have to try that program!”
That Program might not fit you.
And if it doesn’t fit you, your enthusiasm can easily begin to dwindle and before you know it, both you and your kids are ready to throw in the towel.
Know your passions; know your abilities and be willing to accept your strengths and your weaknesses. That is where a successful program begins.
If you are one who has no idea where to begin or what you should include in your program, consider working with an academy like Bridgeway Academy, where expert homeschoolers and educators work with you every step of the way to help you find a program that will work for you.
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Starting Homeschooling-Step Ten: Be Ready to Learn
As a homeschool mom, you will learn so much more than you did when you yourself were in school.
Starting Homeschooling-Step Six-Explore your Child’s Interests
One of the greatest freedoms in homeschooling is the freedom to explore your child's interests.