Are you considering homeschooling your child? Whether they are already in school or they are little and have never been: it’s a big question! I’ve created this list to help you sort your thoughts on the matter. Here you will find a variety of questions to ask yourself as you consider homeschooling for your family. Head straight to the bottom to have the printable version e-mailed to you.
- What reasons do you have off of the top of your head for considering homeschool? Consider grouping these once your list is made (academics, social, time, schedules, family considerations, etc.)
- What concerns or fears immediately pop up when you think about it?
- What can you do to mitigate your concerns?
- How much time do you have to dedicate to homeschooling? Write down the days and times of the average week. Note events that may change availability.
- Do you have people who can help you homeschool? What are their schedules like?
- What are the legal requirements in your state? Are there any you’re concerned about?
- What styles of schooling do you think you would enjoy? How about your children?
- How can you simplify your home life to make room for homeschooling? Meal-prep and cleaning are often struggles for homeschooling families.
- What questions do you still have about homeschooling?
- Start a list of resources that can help you navigate this decision.
I recommend you do this exercise yourself and then ask your child(ren) and your partner (if applicable) for their answers as well.
Homeschoolers are Varied: Be Yourself!
Some parents send their children to school and immediately have concerns about workload, safety, bullying, special needs, you name it. Others hesitate at the first thought of sending their little one off for eight hours a day after those sweet young years spent together. Some families have religious objections to what is taught. Others believe they can do a better job of teaching their own, because they know them better. For me, I saw the amount of time my gifted daughter spent waiting around to do schoolwork. I realized that we could complete the same work in half the time because I would only be teaching one student, not 30.
Whatever your reasons for considering homeschooling, I hope this helps you to gather information and talk it out with your loved ones. It takes confidence and consideration to go against the educational norm. I wish you the very best with your decision and academic adventures!
Do remember: you’ve taught your child to speak, to walk, to create. You’ve guided them this far. You are certainly capable of continuing to teach them. Homeschooling is a journey: constantly changing and oftentimes a struggle. There are tough days, tougher days, and there are triumphs that will bring tears to your eyes or whoops and hollers. Life, and homeschooling, can be a roller coaster. For me, homeschooling is one place where it’s best when I let go and enjoy the ride.
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