While Dollar Store Mom is not a “mom blog” per se, it is by moms and for moms, and sometimes I like to share things about my life with you. Today is one of those times. Last night my husband and I had a long conversation, one that we’ve had in bits and pieces over the last few months but never really sat down and talked it all out. By the end of our chat we had decided to start homeschooling our daughter (who is 5 and is our only child). We both knew this decision was going to be made eventually, though I had fully expected that she would finish Kindergarten at the private school she’s been attending. For lots of reasons (none of which need to be spelled out for the purposes of this post) we realized last night that NOW was the time, not later. NOW as in…she didn’t go back to school today NOW, see what I mean?
Although I know full well that this is exactly the right decision for her and for our family, I’m kinda freaking out over here! I don’t know almost anything about homeschooling. And I’m a planner, a perfectionist, a research addict. I like to spend copious amounts of time reading and researching things before I begin. I like to know precisely how I will go about it and have some sense of what it will take to succeed. So the part where we decided *last night* that homeschooling would start NOW (did I mention NOW?!) has me dizzy and a bit panicked!
I didn’t sleep much last night.
Instead, I tried to cram in as many hours of reading/research as I could. I learned a good amount of things last night, I feel like I’ve got a small idea of what I need to do next. Did I become an expert overnight? NOPE. So, this post isn’t designed to tell you what to do, where to go, what to buy or how to teach your children. My intention here is to bring you along on this journey with me. To share with you the things I find as I find them, to show you how I’m going about learning how to do this as I’m doing it.
Naturally, I turned to Pinterest.
I found some really great articles for moms like me who are at the VERY beginning of their homeschooling experience. Moms who are considering it but haven’t decided, moms who have decided and have NO CLUE what to do next. I hope you’ll find them helpful! I hope that, like me, you’ll read through a few and come away feeling less freaked out and overwhelmed, and have a greater sense of excitement about what you’re getting yourself into.
One last thing (if anyone is still reading along!), if you’re interested in following along in my head-first journey into homeschooling and seeing future posts about homeschooling on a budget, homeschool crafts etc, would you please leave a comment below to let me know? I’m happy to post about all these things if it’s something you’d want to see on Dollar Store Mom! Additionally, if you’re a homeschooling mom (or dad!) who’d like to share your favorite resources/tips/advice/encouragement with me in the comments section, I’d be terribly grateful!
This article talks about some of the most basic things for homeschooling preschoolers and kindergarteners. It includes ideas for workboxes (a word I’d never heard until yesterday!) and simple activities. via Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling
I had all but forgotten that there’s a huge homeschooling community over at The Pioneer Woman! This particular article addresses how much to do in kindergarten and first grade. The super helpful information of this post is actually found in the comments! Reading through them really helped put me at ease!
I’m not much of a scheduled person. I’m organized and like structure, but having a set daily schedule has never been my thing. So the thought of having to set up a daily routine/schedule for our homeschooling days feels COMPLETELY scary. This article from She Knows gives some great tips on how to set up a basic homeschool schedule that works for your family.
After reading that article, I really wanted to see some samples of how other homeschooling families have scheduled their days. This post from Successful Homeschooling includes quite a few sample schedules and links to tons more samples! I really liked looking through these!
Okay, time to start getting into some of the bigger decisions like choosing curriculum, setting up your homeschool space, stuff you’ll need, how to be prepared for “critics” of your decision. I came across this series of 10 posts addressing these topics (and more!) at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers and I’m really glad I did!
Speaking of curriculum (the word itself scares me!), over and over in my reading last night I saw experienced homeschooling parents giving rave reviews of this book by Cathy Duffy. Here’s a review of the book by The Curriculum Choice.
At this moment I have no idea where/how I’ll set up a space for homeschooling. This post from Real Mom Resources links to over 20 homeschool room ideas and examples.
That’s all for now. I’m trying to go one step at a time, give myself some grace and permission to not know everything I need to know right away. Ultimately, I’m trying to remember to enjoy this process and the honor of being able to educate my child and spend these precious years with her watching her grow and learn and explore!