Wednesday, July 9, 2008

What I Wish I Had Known My First Year

When I started homeschooling I didn't realize all of the variety available and about the different choices to be made. I thought that I had to find the one perfect way to homeschool and stick with it.

I wish I had known - I didn't have to commit our family to just one way of homeschooling. Now that we've been doing it for 9 years, I pick and choose what works best with our family and each of the kids. Sometimes, during the middle of the year, we even switch to a Unit Study or Unschool for awhile. I've found that the most important thing is to make learning enjoyable for the children.

I wish I had known - my children don't have to read by a certain age. I pushed one of my girls in reading. I should have gone slower at it and made reading more relaxed and less stressful for her. She reads fine now, but she doesn't really enjoy it.

I wish I had known - how enjoyable joining a homeschool group can be. I was reluctant about joining, because I thought that my homeschooling methods would be critiqued. Once we did join, I realized that it was a great opportunity to socialize with other homeschooling families. My kids were able to see that there are many other kids who learn at home. They had kids to relate to.


Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you about making learning enjoyable and not pushing your kids to read, etc., by a certain age. I've also met lots of wonderful people through our homeschool group. Great post!

Lorraine said...

Yes! Not all kids are ready to read at a certain age. Great tips here.

Earthmommy said...

I love what you said about home school groups. I felt the same way at first but now that I have joined several groups I find them to be an invaluable resource.

Southpaugh Homeschool - Heidi said...

Great tips - - and some that I think we need to remember well after our first year...LOL!! (At least for me.)
Thanks for sharing!! : )

Anonymous said...

I completely agree! All of the things I wish I had known... well, experience is the best teacher, and all that.

I hope you enjoyed the salsa! :)

Have a lovely weekend!