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What I Learned My First Year Homeschooling –Part 1

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What I Learned My First Year Homeschooling!

I’m not an expert nor am I a veteran home educator. As you can expect from the title, this was my first year of homeschooling. However, my child wasn’t the only one doing the learning. I’ve learned a few lessons myself.

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My Background:

My husband was homeschooled and when we got married everyone was a bit curious if I would homeschool our own children. My immediate answer was a firm, “No way! Not going to do it!” 

Interestingly, I went to college and majored in History and Secondary and Middle school education. Why yes, that is a double major with a minor. Why yes, I am slightly insane. Four years later, I’m was in my last semester of college and I was student teaching. I was also pregnant with our third child. Yes, you read that correctly #3! On a completely unrelated note: IT IS POSSIBLE TO GO TO COLLEGE WHILE MARRIED AND HAVING  CHILDREN! 

Here is what I was thinking at that point in my life: 

  • My oldest child is getting close to school age. We need to make a decision on his school situation.
  • I will soon have 3 children: ages 4 and under. Not exactly the easiest time to be starting a new career, especially a teaching career, which is time-consuming. Plus teachers don’t make that much money and childcare prices are ridiculous.  
  • I didn’t particularly enjoy my student teaching. While I loved the teachers I was working with, and my students, I did not at all enjoy the amount of time I was away from my family. 
  • I felt that God had laid it on my heart to homeschool. I felt like instead of investing my time and life into other people’s children, I need to be investing in my own children. 

So that’s how I ended up homeschooling. 

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I have a teaching license, but let’s get something clear! 

I thought maybe homeschooling would come easier to me because I have an education degree and teaching licenses in the state that I live in. 

I was wrong.

I actually found that it actually slightly handicapped me.

College education courses taught me:

  • Education theories
  • Classroom management
  • How to write a lesson plan
  • The Common Core standards
  • Education history (the evolution of modern-day education)

Now that I am homeschooling our children, I have to un-learn some of this! I completely disagree with Common Core! I think the evolution of modern-day education is a sad story that points to a huge problem with our society today! I don’t need to know how to manage a classroom, because I’m only teaching one child right now–and that’s called parenting! I don’t need to know how to write a lesson plan because I’m not accountable to anyone except God. 

I started out with false confidence. Then I made the above realization, that an education degree isn’t going to make me a better parent or home educator. I did a lot of research on home educating models, curriculum, Christian worldview education and these completely contradicted what I learned in college. 

Lesson #1: Every parent is equally qualified to teach their child at home. 

It’s not that I didn’t already know that, I just felt it was an important point to emphasize. What I actually learned was that no parent is more qualified than the next. What makes you qualified is that YOU are their parent. 

Having an education degree and a teaching license DOES NOT make me a more qualified home educator! 

Yes, I will rub this information into any nay-sayer’s face. However, I do not want any mother to feel like she is not qualified to teach her children because she doesn’t have a degree. 

Every parent feels qualified to teach their child to tie their shoes, make their bed, count, their ABC’s, and homeschooling is no different. 

Lesson #2: Research, Research, Research! 

This came pretty naturally for me, and I suspect it does for most homeschooling parents. 

I read many, many blogs–and still do! 

Here are my favorite blogs that I would recommend: 

The Homeschool Diaries –This was the first blog I came across. She is hilarious! And she totally shoots down the “Socialization” debate! My favorite quote from her, that I use on a regular basis is, “Forced association is not socialization!” Seriously, go check her out! 

Practical Homeschooling — Follow these guys on Facebook for some great articles! 

Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers — You can tell just by the name that this gal is funny! 

There are a lot more, but these are my favorite. Just go to Facebook and type in homeschool in the search bar and you’ll find a ton of pages to follow. 

Also, Pinterest is amazing! You can follow my Home Education Board here. 

If you are thinking about homeschooling and looking for more resources I highly recommend the following books:

For more about the Classical Education model:
The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home 

For when you feel discouraged and can’t remember why you started homeschooling in the first place:
Educating the WholeHearted Child

For more on a Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling: 
For the Children’s Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School

A great tool for teaching your child to read
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

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What lessons did you learn in your first year of homeschooling?

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  • Stephanie May 5, 2017, 3:28 am
    That's awesome that you decided to stay home with your babies! Seriously, who is better qualified to teach your own children than MOMMY? Only mom knows their children best. Their strengths, weaknesses, attitude and sweet spot. This coming up school year will be my first time homeschooling my kindergartener. I am so extremly excited and just a tad bit nervous. Do you have any tips on balancing blogging and teaching? What does your daily schedule look like? My Profile
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy May 5, 2017, 1:59 pm
      Hey, Stephanie! That's awesome that you are homeschooling! Looking back at my first year of homeschooling I definitely think I was too uptight. Now that I'm wrapping up my 2nd child's kindergarten year I can see that I was WAY more laid back! And I even think she learned more and everyone was happier! As far as my daily schedule... well it seems to change every day! HA! I always try to school right after breakfast. Some days it takes the entire day and others we are done by lunch (but not often). I blog during nap time (or after the kids are in bed for the night) or when I finish school with my oldest. Sometimes if there is something I need to do in the morning on my blog I'll have my oldest sit at the computer desk next to me and work on something and then I can answer questions or help him as needed and blog when he is working independently. It also is a learning experience for him as he sees me working and writing. I can point out how important spelling/grammar/etc. is for me even as an adult. Hope this has been a little bit helpful to you. Please let me know if you any more questions! Good luck on your homeschooling journey! Anna
  • Somer Nelson August 15, 2014, 8:08 pm
    Happy SITS day to you. More power to you for home schooling. Not sure if I could do it. My little girl is only 3 so I have not dealt with the whole school thing yet. My biggest concern with home schooling is the social aspect. My Profile
    • Blessed Beyond Crazy August 16, 2014, 7:06 am
      Hi Somer, If you are considering homeschooling, you should do some research on it. I have total faith that if you really want to homeschool, you can! If you are concerned about the social aspect please go check out the blog The Homeschool Diaries. My favorite quote from her is "Forced association is not socialization." I linked to her under point #2. She approaches the social debate. Homeschool children do not lack socially. My husband is living proof of that. He was homeschooled his whole life, while I bounced around between private and public school. I am way more socially weird/awkward/handicapped than he! A few points to consider: Homeschool children can socialize with people of all ages, not just the children of the exact same grade year. Homeschool children have a better relationship with their siblings. Homeschool children statistically volunteer and serve their community more than public school children (makes sense, they have more time!). I have heard before that children that are homeschooled are "weird." Well, please show me a public school classroom that doesn't contain any weird children! I'm not trying to convince anyone that they should be homeschooling, because that's between them and God. I'm also not trying to say that homeschool children are better than public schooled children. However, I want the "socialization" debate to end, because it's an untrue myth. I don't want parents to avoid homeschooling because of a myth. I feel like this is going to be another post in the future ;) Thanks for commenting!

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