Are you curious about this homeschooling thing, but aren’t really sure how to homeschool? Do you wish there was a list somewhere, or that someone would sit you down and just tell you how to homeschool your children? Maybe you’ve even looked for a list or a set of instructions, only to be flabberghasted at not finding one. Or perhaps you’re already homeschooling and just at a complete loss for why things aren’t working. Maybe you got the how to homeschool thing all whacky.
What? You heard me. There’s no one right way to homeschool. How to homeschool is completely up to you as a family, as the homeschool teacher, and how each of your homeschool students learns. You do what works for you. And, when something doesn’t work, you change it and do something else. You try things that don’t work until something does work. You do the things that work until they don’t work any more, and then you figure out something new. That is how to homeschool. It’s freedom, and it’s the beauty of homeschooling!
But what does that look like?
Homeschooling will look different in every home. We all place emphasis on different areas of education. We all have different teaching styles, and – maybe most importantly of all – we are all homeschooling different kids. How to homeschool isn’t something that anyone can tell you how to do. In fact, it isn’t something that any of us ever figured out in one sitting. We all kind of make our way and find what works for us.
But, then, what is this post about? Why did I lure you here with promises of telling you how to homeschool, if I wasn’t going to be able or willing to be able to tell you just that – how to homeschool? Because. What I can do is tell you what homeschooling looks like in my home. I can tell you what we’ve done in the past, and what we are doing now, what has worked and what hasn’t worked. I can give you ideas to try as you learn how to homeschool in your own style. It’s about the sharing of information, and the learning from the experiences of others.
So, I’ll take it a subject at a time. How to homeschool will look different based on age, and approach, and I’ve done and been through most of them by now – both styles, and age groups of kids, even if all the styles haven’t matched up with all the age groups! I’ll talk about our approaches, and curriculum. Some of my brainstorming will include my ideal thoughts about how something should work in an ideal situation. I’m not going to pretend that we always get things done this way – we don’t! But if we have an idea of what we want our homeschool to look like, we can make an effort to work towards those goals, and we can get close at least on some days. With some effort, maybe on most days.
How To Homeschool
I will leave this post up and link my series back here as I get them written. For now, here are the subjects and ideas I plan on posting about in my How To Homeschool series. I hope you’ll join me! Do you see anything missing from my list that you’d like to learn how to do in your homeschool?
- Health and Physical Education
- Citizenship (a state required course)
- Government (How To Homeschool High School)
- Foreign Language (How To Homeschool High School)
- Basic Computer Operations (How To Homeschool Middle School)
- Park Days and Co-ops
- Field Trips