Welcome back to our Back to School Survival Series! We are thrilled you are here.
Deciding to homeschool your kids is something that requires a lot of thought and consideration.
The good news is that almost everyone can homeschool. Sure, you will face roadblocks along the way, but with a plan in place, it is possible to overcome them. Let me show you how!
From not having enough time to not being able to afford it, we’ve debunked the 5 most common homeschooling roadblocks.
5 Common Homeschooling Roadblocks
1. “I’m Not Smart Enough:”
The truth is, you ARE smart enough. You are wise and caring and you know what is best for your children. In a dog-eat-dog world, YOU are the person who will have your child’s best interest at heart. Where some hold educational training, you hold love. Give yourself some slack and find your self-confidence.
Most curricula walk you step-by-step through the teaching process, telling you exactly what to read aloud and giving detailed instructions to guide you through the lessons. If you stumble upon a problem that you can’t solve, you can always do a quick Google search. If you still can’t find an answer, all you need to do is ask. Whether you ask a friend, your local librarian or the wise folks on a homeschool forum, there is someone out there who will help you find the answer.
You don’t need a degree to educate your own child and technology has only made it easier. Take one of history’s most famous homeschoolers, Abraham Lincoln, for example. His stepmother couldn’t read or write yet pushed him to learn. He famously stated “All that I am ,or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.”
Without a doubt, homeschooling can be done whether you believe you’re smart enough or not. After all, a teaching degree is as important to homeschooling as a culinary degree is to Grandma’s cooking. The love and care are impossible to imitate, no matter how hard you try.
2. “I Can’t Afford to Homeschool:”
Homeschooling can be as cheap or expensive as you choose. Being conservative with your curriculum choices is the most obvious way to keep your costs down but there are other ways to save money while homeschooling, too. Buy used books, limit day-trips, use free resources and make the most of the supplies you have on hand. Find free piano, art or karate lessons on YouTube to save money on classes. Use a free homeschool site like allinonehomeschool.com that only requires basic school supplies and access to the internet. By spending wisely, homeschooling doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.
3. “I Don’t Have the Space to Homeschool:”
This is a huge roadblock for many families. While it is nice to have an entire room dedicated to homeschooling, it’s not necessary. A small house doesn’t mean your homeschool is doomed. It simply means you need to get creative. The best thing you can do is limit the amount of supplies you purchase. The less you have, the easier it is to stay organized.
Purchase one bookshelf and limit yourself to buying only enough supplies to fill the shelves. Baskets and bins are a homeschool mom’s best friend. Keep books stacked neatly under your coffee table or in a basket in the corner of your living room. Rolling carts with drawers are perfect for storing each child’s books and schoolwork. Try looking in unconventional places to store your books and don’t forget to look up. Vertical storage opportunities are often overlooked. Get creative and you’ll be surprised how much spare room you have to keep your homeschool items neatly corralled.
4. “I Don’t Have Time:”
The beauty of homeschooling is the ability to learn when it’s easiest for you. With the average homeschooler doing about 4 hours of work each day, it’s just as easy to complete your work in the evenings as it is in the morning. It’s true that you will find time for the things that are most important to you. Reevaluate your obligations, prioritize and allow yourself some breathing room. Your kids are only little for a while and this season will be gone before you know it. Set a schedule and stick to it. Work around other important events in your life, whether it be a job or baseball practice.
5. “I Don’t Have Enough Patience:”
Well guess what: Neither do I. Or 99% of other homeschool parents. We do not have the patience of a saint nor do we pretend to. Homeschooling is hard. It is stressful. It is one of the toughest jobs in life. Remember the first year you spent as a new mom? You were far from a parenting expert. Suffered from lack of sleep and were generally running on “empty.”
Remember, you looked like a hot mess and sometimes didn’t even comb your hair, let along get out of your yoga pants. Then your sweet little baby started walking. You had to watch him like a hawk, ensuring he wasn’t sticking a pair of scissors in an electrical outlet and you spent the day picking up his Cheerios. Then that little guy turned 2 and any ounce of patience you had went right out the window.
There were days you wanted to pull you hair out (and his, too!) and days where you never thought you’d survive without hanging him from the clothesline. But in reality. You made it. You lost your cool sometimes but you regained composure and life went on. When you love your kids, you will find a way to be patient with them. Yes, they will be messy and loud and have rough days. That’s when you will dig deep within and you will pull out another tiny ounce of patience, when you are certain you had none left.
Homeschooling is hard work with its own set of challenges. For the days you’ll spend annoyed, there will be 20 times as many good days, where happy memories are made, learning is abundant and the love is overflowing.
Where there’s a will, there’s a way and with these 5 common homeschooling roadblocks out-of-the-way, the only question left to ask is “What’s stopping you?”
This post is part of the Back to Homeschool Series by The Multi Taskin’ Mom. It was written by my friend Tiffany.
Get to know Tiffany:
Tiffany is the brains (and beauty) behind Homeschool Hideout, where she blogs about homeschooling her 3 wild hooligans. Her blog documents their field trips, offers homeschooling tips and shares ideas for homeschooling on a budget. Tiffany loves photography, living with purpose and Sonic Happy Hour.
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