How To Start Homeschooling

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  1. kari says:

    I really want to homeschool my child but he doesn’t believe anything I say, won’t let me help him in any way, and refuses to do anything I ask of him. He is loving kindergarten but he only likes the social aspects. He doesn’t really like the work. I have it in the back of my head that if or when he starts to be overwhelmed or really upset with school I can take him out and work with him at home. I really think that he would do better one on one and that is what he likes (as long as it isn’t with me!)

  2. kari says:

    Is it hopeless? Or is there a way to homeschool that would allow him to be independent and still learn?

    • homeschooldenadmin says:

      It’s hard to talk about the dynamics your family will have homeschooling, but I can say that my kids aren’t always completely receptive to what we’re talking about. I think that’s why I approach learning from so many different angles… reading books, doing projects, doing science experiments, having discussions, doing worksheets/taking notes, doing lapbooks… if you look through our journey our homeschooling doesn’t look exactly the same from week to week. I suspect that is the same for many families. You have amazing learning moments and other times that are trying (and you fret and worry as the homeschooling parent). At those times, I take a deep breath and remind myself that it’s a long journey… and try to have confidence that they’ll pick up what they need to know along the way.

      There are so many different styles of homeschooling, it may take time to find the style that works for your family. We have homeschooled right from the start, but I know that some families whose kids have been in public/traditional school have had an adjustment period since homeschooling often does not mirror public school. As with any change, there’s an adjustment period. Other homeschoolers have suggested “de-schooling” (when you take a break from the book work and help the kids find spark and passion about learning again, whether that’s by doing a ton of cool science experiments or by going out of field trips).

      I know a family that used a virtual school for a lot of subjects. That worked well for them (and they were pretty independent doing that). But I found that for my kids (at that young age), they need a fair bit of guidance from me. They’re becoming more independent as they get older.

      I’m not sure I answered your questions… Homeschooling is exciting, fun, creative, and sometimes a bit overwhelming too (just being honest!), but for our family an amazing fit! ~Liesl

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