Most of America went back to school this week, including homeschooled kids. This week marks my one year anniversary as a homeschool mom. Woot! I survived my first year and came back for more!
The learning curve for homeschooling is pretty steep—it doesn’t take long to get past that newbie phase and start thinking and feeling like a veteran homeschooler. But that newbie phase can be pretty agonizing. People who don’t homeschool (most of your friends before you start homeschooling) may wish you the best, but they have no idea how to help you. Their perspective is public school or private school or whatever and they may feel a teeny tiny bit like you’re knocking their choice by considering homeschooling (or organic foods, or natural childbirth, or cloth diapers, or whatever—there are a myriad of ways we can all second-guess ourselves as moms, education is just one of them).
Any homeschoolers you know (and desperately latch on to—wait, maybe that was just me), have likely already lived through that steep part of the learning curve. While they don’t mean to poo-poo your concerns, they just know how different things will be for you in a matter of a few months to a year. You’ll ‘get it’. You won’t be so stressed about the things you are now (why? When you can stress about new and improved things?). They knew that with just a little experience, your perspective will be so different, because theirs was.
So, for the next few weeks, I’m going to concentrate on the steepest parts of the new homeschool mom learning curve; all those questions newbie’s keep ourselves awake with at night. The questions we keep asking everyone we can think to ask because we don’t really believe the answer. Like the fact that it mostly doesn’t matter what curriculum we pick for science. Or how on earth we can teach subjects we don’t know much about. Or that we really, really will like our kids enough to want to be around them most of the time.
Up first, 5 myths and misconceptions about homeschooling:
1) My kids are going to suffer socially (aka, their gonna end up weird)
2) My kids are going to suffer academically (aka, how am I gonna teach physics??)
3) You have to be really, really, really patient to homeschool (not true!)
4) My life will never be the same (okay, actually true, but not what you think)
5) What happens if I hate it? What do homeschool mom dropouts do?
What are your burning questions about homeschooling? Ask away!
To find out what Melissa thinks about when she’s not thinking about homeschooling, check out: http://melissacaddell.com.