I asked some homeschool parents what advice they would give new and upcoming homeschooling parents. The themes that ran through the advice were patience, persistence and practice. Here are some of their answers:
Sue and Will: We would encourage you in your Christian personal life with God – in your growing closer to him. Read and seek wisdom about godly families and how they should function. Read the Bible and pray. They should know there is a network of Christian homeschoolers out there. If they’re in a good relationship with other Christians, don’t be afraid to ask for their help. Meet other Christians also homeschooling. It’s valuable and makes for a good time. Pick one another’s brains.
Steven and Barbara: Don’t be frightened and don’t be intimidated. Don’t feel that you’re not going to be able to cope with it. Take one day at a time – and remember – it does end! You will have your (fairly regular) times when you say, ‘I’M SENDING THEM TO SCHOOL – THAT’S IT. But they’ll pass.
Bill and Antoinette: Persevere in the beginning if you find it difficult and you will reap the rewards. It’s important to be supported by other homeschooling parents. Don’t shy away from homeschooling or think for a second you can’t do it. Just remind yourself how bad some children are coming out today…can you be worse than that? I guarantee your children won’t be. It’s easy to educate a child adequately when you homeschool them – but, chances are, they’ll be much better. The fear about socializing and not fitting into society are just not true. That can happen and does, whether kids go to school or not. And as far as the education goes, if the parents can’t motivate them, I don’t think the teachers will. When it comes to high school, don’t be afraid to research and keep your children at home. Now you’ve got online courses, teachers and tutors you can hire. We hired tutors for Maths, English, Music and Languages.
Jenny: Research it prayerfully, read lots and decide what approach will suit you and your family. Find yourself a support system or group. Develop strategies to make sure you have the support you need because homeschooling (particularly homeschooling several children) is a full time job and needs commitment. Plan carefully and keep accurate records. Have a wonderful time and treasure every day you have at home with your children. If you commit homeschooling to the Lord, he will go before you and bless you.