Thoughts about Homeschooling

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We’re halfway through our eleventh year of formal homeschooling. We’ve chosen it for our family because we want to be as “hands on” as possible, because we love being together and learning together, and because it works for our family.

If you’re considering homeschooling, check out some of these past posts for homeschooling inspiration.

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  1. Great list, Jessica! I think it will help a lot of moms considering homeschooling. I think yesterday’s post will too, in a completely different way, by passing on the peace that comes from knowing God is in control. Thanks so much for that.

    My go-to resource for new homeschooling moms is 100 Top Picks by Cathy Duffy or its newer edition, 101 Top Picks. Duffy covers all the basic decisions you need to plan your homeschool, and as a seasoned homeschooling mom I still use it every time our circumstances change. I can’t recommend these resources highly enough and have reviewed both of them:

    • That’s the same book I used when reviewing options last year and I second your recommendation. I thought I knew what I wanted, but that book made it all so much easier to understand. I’ll be using it again next month to prepare for the fall!

  2. Wow! 11 years! We’re in our 2nd year of homeschooling – after a terrible year of kindergarten in private school. When our son was in kindergarten, I felt like I had a steeper learning curve then our he did…homework? Parent-teacher meetings? I think I had this idea that putting my child in school meant I didn’t have to do anything…haha!

    Thanks for this great list of resources 🙂

  3. Pennie says

    Thank you for this! I am seriously considering homeschooling my daughter (maybe even both of them!), but I’m afraid. Right now I’m in the process of poring over all the information I can online, to try and find that confidence I’m looking for (that I know can really only come from me).

    Right now I have 1 of my children enrolled in an online public school and 1 attend the local public school. We moved our oldest daughter into the online school because she is significantly behind in math and was beginning to lose self confidence in herself. We are thankful that she had good teachers, but they had to teach to the class and couldn’t spend extra time with her. Because she wasn’t a behavior issue or a gifted student, she was falling through the cracks and being shuffled through. She’s in 4th grade and doesn’t know her multiplication facts. Everything I’ve tried at home doesn’t seem to help. But I’ve heard about the Life of Fred series, and that seems like something that would get her right where she’s at: she LOVES to read. Even in the online school, she still has to meet the standards and it can’t be slowed down too much for her. But it HAS to be. She isn’t AT grade level. She can’t DO 4th grade math right now!

    But I’m afraid to do it on my own. I’m afraid of what to say to friends and family who won’t agree or will think we are “weird,” I’m afraid that I’m not smart enough, that I’m too lazy and unmotivated (I have days where I don’t want to leave the “safe haven” of my bedroom), that she won’t adapt well. And then I have my youngest child who is doing well in public school with not a single issue, so would I even want to take her out? What to do, what to do?? Haha!

    • Jessica Fisher says

      It’s a hard path to navigate. But, I’m convinced that you will find lots of support online if you can’t find it locally. You might be surprised that there are folks out there to help you in your own community. My 10 yo just mastered his times tables, so don’t feel bad. Some things just click at different times.

  4. We are in our fifth year of homeschooling. I absolutely love the freedom that it affords us. Freedom to choose our curriculum, travel, study what is important to us, sleep in late, take days off, explore personal interests, read all day if we chose and on and on and on.

    There are definite ups and downs. Overall, we love the closeness and intimacy that our family has. Off to check out your other links!

  5. Lorrie says

    I was intimidated to home school my daughter after a bullying situation at her old school, although keeping her within the system there was impossible. Even independent study was not an option. In that same school independent study consisted of doing her work at home and checking in once a week, but the problem was her school wasn’t accredited for admittance to a CA 4 year college in IS. I finally found a great k-12 charter school in Oceanside (Pacific View Charter School) that was independent study, but was accredited. It was a great alternative for me. I was responsible for making sure her work was done, but it was great she had the checks and balances from her supervisor teacher too. This may be an option for some. 😉

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