For those families who have children in public or private schools, the decision to start homeschooling can be overwhelming and scary – both for the children and the parents! Here are a few bit of wisdom from some parents who did pull their children out of public/private schools and are now thriving as homeschoolers!
Here are ideas to help smooth that transition from school to homeschool:
- For me, keeping them connected to their friends at school. Thankfully I’m friends with the moms of his friends. A way we do that is taking them to where their old classmates go after school. So he still get’s a chance to do “school” things. ~ Marissa G
- I invite new home schooling moms over to my house to talk about “stuff”, to get to know them, and to encourage them. They bring their kids over to play with mine and everyone just relaxes. ~ Karen G.
- I let her do a lot of low stress things. She loved books and she just read and read, and I read out loud to her a lot. We had a good 9 months of just detox from public school before I started homeschool in earnest. ~ Mary P.
- To completely forget how a school does school…and to pray for God to lead me on this journey. The best advice is to do what is best for your family and don’t let too many opinions steer you away from what you feel is right. ~ Brannon E.
- Focus on the perks! Shorter days mean more free time to play. Incorporate educational videos and they don’t even know they are learning. Special treats for a job well done make them feel special. On beautiful days…move it outside. ~ Kasey W.
- Time, reading, more time w friends new and old-prayer and quiet times to explore didn’t hurt either. ~ Liz D.
An important thing to remember:
If GOD has called you to homeschool, He will equip you with everything you need to successfully homeschool your child.