As you can read here, I am a completely unexpected homeschooler. I wasn’t prepared for it. I wasn’t that mom who knew from the first time I held my boys that I would homeschool. I had always planned to send them straight to school as soon as they were of school age. Things change, and I found out that I can homeschool. After four years, I might even be getting pretty good at it! You can homeschool too!
You can read here about my initial homeschooling journey, and how I ended up using Charlotte Mason as my guide for my homeschool, and life. When I first started out I had no idea what to do. A year prior to that I didn’t even realize homeschooling was actually something people do! I spent our entire first year making friends and figuring out how to do it.
I was lucky to have a friend from my son’s preschool who chose to homeschool also. We helped each other. We brainstormed together and joined a small group of moms who created a small co-op. We would get together and teach a unit study. For me, this was great! All of our kids were around the same age, and one of the moms had been homeschooling her older kids for years!
This little co-op of ours was how I learned about homeschooling. After the first year we all went our separate ways and our separate curriculum paths even though we are still there to help each other through. One major thing I learned during this time is that I am not alone in this homeschooling adventure. My husband works so much that he is rarely involved in our homeschooling life, so at times I can feel very alone in this journey. Something that you need to know when you start homeschooling is that you are not alone! You are by no means alone in this journey!
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With the availability of the internet, blogs, Facebook, and more, other homeschoolers are within reach. Whatever your situation is in your homeschool, there is somebody else out there going through the same thing! I have found that the homeschooling community is everywhere. There are homeschoolers overseas, on the other side of the country, or even in your own town who are willing to help. Sometimes I feel as if we are a big homeschooling team. We cheer each other on, we help each other when needed, and we are a team.
If you are feeling alone in your homeschooling adventure, start reaching out. Don’t be afraid to join Facebook groups, meet other homeschoolers near you, and ask the library if they know of anybody in your situation. There is always somebody to talk to. If you find a homeschooling blog that really hits home for you, leave comments on their blog, follow their Facebook page, and possibly reach out. We are all in this together, and it is a lot to handle on your own.
There are many different things that will come up when you homeschool. There are life lessons, curriculum choices, financial issues, and more that will arise throughout your journey. Don’t let these stop you if homeschooling is right for you. Also, don’t be afraid to take steps if homeschooling isn’t for you! It is ok to make the best decision for your family. Remember that every homeschool has its own decisions to make, and focusing on the best answer for your situation should be your goal. You are not alone in this homeschooling thing!
I would love if you stop by my blog! I launched into homeschooling unexpectedly with no plan in hand. I wasn’t even sure I was going to do this for more than a year. It took over three years to finally start finding my groove. It is came with struggles, fights, tears, and multiple curriculum choices.Multiple times I have considered sending my boys to public school because homeschooling is hard, demanding, and living on one income is tough. But I have stuck it out, and am finally to a comfortable place where most of our days go smoothly and we have opportunities to spend our days outdoors. As per the words of Charlotte Mason, “Never be within doors when you can rightly be without.”