Originally, the idea of the schooling my kids completely overwhelmed me. How was I supposed to know how to educate my child, when I struggled in school myself. How was I supposed to know what is the first thing to teach and then the next and so on?
Hint: most homeschool families all felt the same way you are feeling right now.
The first thoughts of homeschooling came into my radar when my son was 3. However, having a special need child, we decided that putting him on an IEP with the public school system seemed like the best thing for him at that time.
Fast forward a few years and in the third grade, I was irritated by how much he struggled in school. He was in the third grade and reading at a kindergarten grade level. I had been bringing up my concerns for two years – I thought he may be dyslexic.
After a trip to see a psychologist and some issues of bullying that came up, we decided to pull the trigger. Our school was stating they were modifying as much as he needed and my other requests were denied.
Our psychologist diagnosed my son with Intellectual Disability, stating his IQ level was lower than most kids his age. It is likely to take him two years to learn what most kids learn in one. His needs are things being broken down into smaller segments, lots of repetition and various visual aids around the house or classroom.
This isn’t a decision we took lightly – but it was one I felt the calling in my soul. We decided that I could give him more one on one time than he could get in the classroom.
Now – as a work from home mom, running a network marketing business, I wondered if I could do it all. As I started inquiring of other work at home moms, running businesses, it turns out that there was a lot of moms who were doing the same. I found lots of moms who were homeschooling their children and they were also running a business from home. They told me it was not impossible and you could easily school your kids in 3 to 4 hours a day in the early years. As the kids get older, they become more self sufficient and can do more independent work.
At the time, my son, diagnosed with ID and I also have a neurotypical (as far as I can tell) first grader, while pregnant with my third. Homeschooling two elementary age children, with a toddler at our feet, wanting involved as much as possible hasn’t been easy. If I can do this, I am confident anyone can do this.
I’m hoping to share some of my experiences so you can if you are also having some doubts, if you are wondering if you have the ability to homeschool your children and maybe I can help put your fears to rest and help you make the best decision for your family.
One of the biggest question that comes up if you’re starting to get a new to homeschooling is what curriculum to use.
I am no expert at homeschooling – but curriculum is a whole beast of a topic. If you are new to homeschooling I highly suggest you take the homeschooling quiz to figure out your unique style.
There are 6 main types of homeschooling styles and finding your flavor of homeschooling depends on your values your expectations and how you work best.
The main types of homeschoolers include:
2. Charlotte Mason
4. Unit Studies
Over the next several blog posts I plan to lay out curriculum we use, our ideal day and workflow and the changes I had to make in my business to maintain my sanity, while homeschooling my kids.
I’ve found my style to be more eclectic. I fell in love with the philosophies of Charlotte Mason, but unit studies help me focus on one thing and still get many subjects done in a day. I love an open and go curriculum, so I don’t have to do my own lesson plans but I also love having flexibility to do something different – depending on the way the wind is blowing that day – if you know what I mean.