Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Thinking About Homeschooling

Are you thinking about homeschooling? Can you relate to any of the following stories?

Johnny comes home from school with tears in his eyes once again. It breaks your heart that kids can be so ruthless and uncaring. You know Johnny is an awesome kid who just happens to be a little different, but that doesn’t make him any less a person.

Cindy’s teacher calls to let you know that Cindy is still having problems focusing in class and she is falling behind once again. You suggest she sit Cindy at the front of the room and call on her more often to help her stay focused. The teacher informs you she has many children in her room that all need extra help and she is doing the best she can. The teacher suggest you consider putting Cindy of Ritalin.

Paul is so bored at school. He continually gets his color changed for behavior. We have talked to him about this at home, but it doesn’t seem to be helping. We have asked his teacher to challenge him more. Her answer was to give him more worksheets to complete…not exactly our idea of challenging him!

While these are only a few examples of solid reasons to homeschool your child, they are valid ones. Homeschooling need not be a mystery. There is no one set way to go about it. Just as each child is different, each homeschooling family’s style is different.

Examine the pros and cons of homeschooling. There are many ways to accomplish this. One of the best ways is to  get to know other homeschoolers. You can join an online forum. You can a visit local homeschool support group. You can check out local homeschool co-op classes. You can visit with local homeschool families. You can read homeschool magazines.

Veteran homeschoolers can easily answer questions for you and offer support. They can direct you to places you would have never thought about on your own. A good “How to Homeschool” guide makes stepping out a lot easier too. The guide should present vital information in sequential steps. I liken them to a blueprint or a lesson plan.

If you are considering the wonderful transition to the world of homeschooling, I applaud you. Will it work? Will you be happy? Will your kids excel? You will never know unless you step out of your comfort zone and try.