We are just beginning our homeschooling journey – my oldest (M) turns 5 in October, and she begs to “do school” almost every day. So, we’re “doing school.”
Before I had M, I was a teacher. I taught 2nd grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade with student teaching experience in kindergarten, 3rd, and 4th grade. As I prepared to dig into this homeschooling thing, I thought, “I’ve got this. I used to teach. This will be a snap!”
Of course, I thought the same thing when I was getting close to M’s due date – I love kids, parenting will be easy! HA.
So, no, it wasn’t a snap. It took more time, brain power, and tears than I thought it would to figure out how I was going to educate my darling M.
In our culture, we are overloaded with information at every turn – it’s not just on billboards or the radio anymore, now it’s in our living room, bedroom, and even the bathroom! Our mobile phones go everywhere with us, pumping us full of information we won’t ever apply or remember. We spend so much time consuming information, but how much time do we spend reflecting on and applying that information? I’d wager the answer is a very small number.
So when I began trying to figure out how I was going to homeschool, my first stop was Pinterest. Holy ideas, Batman – so. many. pins.
Printables, teaching styles, schedules, games, freebies, curriculum options, and the list goes on… Instead of feeling equipped and ready to start, I just felt overwhelmed. I didn’t know where to start, and I was ready to quit then and there.
However, I am committed and determined in this homeschooling thing, so I gave up on the internet and turned to my friends instead.
They had good advice, but the best advice I received that day was to read this article from Simply Charlotte Mason and determine how I wanted to teach before doing anything else.
I’m sure you’ve heard it said that all journeys start with a single step – well, it’s true. No matter what you are working towards, those small steps will get you where you want to go. The mom whose kids graduated in May started with newborns, the business who has 100,000 followers started with just one, and the gal who lost 200 pounds lost it all one pound at a time.
My first step in this homeschooling journey was to determine my teaching style. What journey are you on, and what will your first step be?