If you are considering homeschooling this coming semester, not with enthusiasm, but with looming dread, this post is for you.
Because a lot of people who have never wanted to homeschool, who looked forward to the departure of their kids on Monday morning, whose kids loved school and thrived there, are staring down deadlines to choose from a menu of unpalatable choices and finding that homeschooling makes the most sense for them and their kids in this very strange season.
I, too, was a more or less reluctant homeschooler once–getting my start because I felt my son would not do well with a particular teacher, the only one who was teaching his grade in the parochial school we were otherwise pleased with. But what I was forced to do, in the end I came to love, and in total I taught four of my kids at home off and on as their needs dictated.
This year, I will have two kids–a college freshman and a high school sophomore–at home. They won’t really be homeschooled, since they are doing virtual learning which is not at all the same thing. But if I had any little kids, I know I would be homeschooling them this year. And I want to encourage you, if you are considering it–it is not as hard as you think!
To that end, I’ve gathered ALL my homeschooling posts below. I hope you may find some ideas, inspiration, or just comfort from seeing how easy homeschooling can be. And I also want to tell you that even though I wasn’t always as successful at teaching my kids at home as I thought I could or should be, all the ones I homeschooled have gone back to conventional schools eventually and excelled despite any inadequacies on my part. I have no regrets and neither do they.