I've been hearing from moms who are going to be homeschooling for the first time this year and the prospect is overwhelming. That got me thinking about what I wish I had known when I started homeschooling 17 years. So of course I'm going to share it with you. I would love it if you would share this podcast with a new homeschooler you know. If you don't know any, you can help them find the show by leaving a review on iTunes. I would be so appreciative.
Teaching Tip of the Week
This week's teaching tip goes along with being a new homeschooler. I've had people ask me for help getting started in homeschooling or finding the right curriculum for them. While I'm willing to offer a few tips, I refer people to Amy Michaels of Thrive Homeschooling. She has created an online academy with videos and worksheets that makes getting started or revamping your homeschool so simple. You'll find complete courses on choosing and customizing curriculum, unit study planning, setting up workboxes, teaching gifted kids, teaching reading, writing, and math. The good news is that the THRIVE Academy is on sale now.
Organized Homeschool Challenge of the Week
What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Started Homeschooling
- Your kids won't always love school.
- You won't always love school.
- There is no homeschooling approach, curriculum, or parenting philosophy that will produce perfect children.
Today's Action Steps
Check out Thrive Homeschooling's Academy. Get ready to laugh when your kids don't want to do school. That makes them normal. You don't have to withhold all sugar. Get ready to go out with your homeschool mom friends who will tell you that you're normal for wanting to quit homeschooling. Definitely don't withhold sugar. I recommend chocolate. Acknowledge that you won't produce perfect children. All the experts whose kids grew up to be missionaries or Ph.D.s in neurochemistry at 13 don't have perfect kids either. But you do have God's perfect mercy and love to get you through this year. I know I'm counting on that.
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Have a happy homeschool week!