If you saw my recent video, you would have heard that we are strongly considering home education. Chances are, if you have seriously considered homeschooling, you have already answered many (if not all) of these questions and then some. For example: What are my states laws on homeschooling? What options do we have? How do my children learn? What resources do we have available to us? What family support do we have? etc.
As I said in the video, this is something we are researching and we are still trying to work through. Here are some of the questions that we have been asking ourselves. I’ll share our answers if anyone is interested.
1. Are you prepared for a huge commitment?
Are you prepared for the responsibility that being the main teacher of your children brings?
2. Are you doing this for good reasons?
What are your motives? Are the reasons you are considering homeschooling personal? Do they benefit you or your child/ren? *See end of post for some (in my opinion) not so great reasons to homeschool.
3. What is truly important to your family?
What are the real, deep and meaningful reasons why you are concerned with where and how your children are educated?
4. Can you handle the criticism and questions?
Are you content enough with your ideals and reasons for home educating to deal with judgement? Do you feel supported enough to do something that is not mainstream, and is often completely misunderstood?
5. How strong is your marriage?
Are you and your spouse on the same page regarding parenting and education?
6. Is homeschooling financially viable for your family?
Can your family handle the limited income potential for the homeschooling parent?
7. Are you willing to go that extra mile to create your ‘village’?
Although the stereotypical view of homeschooling and socialisation is outdated and unfounded, there is a need to have a supportive social network. Are you willing to seek out that community of parents and children for your family?
8. Do you have realistic expectations?
Are you prepared to be flexible with your goals?
9. Are you willing to change your own perception of learning, education and socialisation?
If, like me, you were not home educated yourself, are you open to work on a new definition of schooling?
10. Are you inspired?
Are you excited to learn, re-learn, question, challenge, motivate, teach and grow?
* While some of these are not bad reasons to homeschool.. I don’t think they should be the main reason/s.
– fear (of bullying, peer pressure, your child being lonely, their needs not being met)
– control (of your child, the friends they choose, what influences them, their education)
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