I have been asked for homeschooling advice a great deal lately. My advice may change from day to day, or from person to person..but one thing always remains the same:
Everything Said and Done Doesn’t Have To Be For You!!!!
I have to be honest…I wish I had this little golden nugget when we first started our homeschooling journey. This first thing I did was Google search EVERYTHING. After that, I tried to follow every homeschool related social media page I could find. I mean, after all…these people had it all together and that’s what I needed in my life. I can’t tell you how many schedule changes we went through…all based on what I saw others doing. I purchased huge amounts of materials..all because someone un-boxed their latest Kaplan, Lakeshore Learning, Amazon, or Target purchase on their social media page. I thought I needed these things. There was nothing that we could do without…BUY IT and BUY IT ALL!!!! Boy, was I wrong.
I am in no way an expert homeschooler…I pride myself in not knowing because it gives me the opportunity to research, learn, and figure “it” (whatever “IT” may be) out. However, it took me a little longer to grasp the concept of “this may not work for us, so don’t stress”. All those schedule changes brought us right back to where we began. The schedule we use works for us, just as it should. My children aren’t like your children…they don’t look the same, learn the same, act the same…so why should our homeschooling schedules be identical? And don’t get me started on all the materials that were purchased…and are now at the top of a closet or under a bed. I didn’t take my children and their learning styles into consideration when making those purchases. The end result…a bunch of unused “stuff”.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I like the connection I have with all our social media followers and all who follow us. I have learned a lot…and will continue to do so. I, immensely, enjoy seeing what others are doing just as much as I enjoy sharing our homeschool happenings. However, I now know that not every activity, lesson, field trip, or new learning tool needs to be tried out in our home learning setting. Because of this…we now have our own version of sanity. We are Homeschooling Our Way!