Homeschool moms do the best they can with what they know at the time. But if you can learn from others’ experiences without making the same mistakes yourself, all the better!
So whether you’re a veteran homeschooler with several years behind you, or just starting out, there is something here for everyone.
I asked several homeschool bloggers about their experiences, and this is what they said.
What do you wish you knew before starting homeschooling?
Mom of 8 kids
Blogs at Maggie’s Milk & Lisa Tanner Writing
I wish I hadn’t started off with such a strict schedule. All it did was make me feel behind, because there were so many interruptions.
Now, we have a plan of the day every morning after breakfast. Here, we talk through our day, and make a rough routine based plan. Our productivity has skyrocketed since I’ve stopped trying to fit everything into nice little neat boxes.
Mom of 6 children
Blogs at Raising Royalty
I wish I knew that workbooks aren’t evil. And that the early years can be very easy and you don’t have to laminate/color/buy tons to make it work. I wish I knew that it took 3 years to really find a rhythm, and that’s its ok to switch mid year!
Mom of 2 kids
Blogs at ADHD Homeschooled
There is plenty of information out there. I just didn’t know where to begin. I almost financed a fancy online program before I reached out to Jonetta Grant. She introduced me to some great free programs online.
Mom of 4 kids
Blogs at Hope In The Chaos
That some days are going to be truly challenging and make you question your decision to homeschool. There will be some lessons, some plans, and some curriculums that don’t work for your family even though the reviews were excellent and the recommendations were glowing. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to homeschooling, no magic formula that will advance your children, clean your home, and keep everything in line.
However, if you remember your “why,” that list of reasons for beginning this journey, they will get you through the challenging day. They will get you through the curriculums that don’t work… even though they are “perfect” for your child’s learning style and grade. They will get you through the days of “why” when your child doesn’t understand why they have to learn a particular lesson or skill. Your reasons for homeschooling are yours, and you need to keep them at the forefront because the bad days will come and try to derail you and make you question why you ever started this journey.
I say don’t let them. I say reassess, recalculate, and review what you are doing, why you are doing it, and how it’s working. And if it’s not, simply change. Simply find something that will; because for all the bad days, you will have many, many more wonderful days if you just keep going.