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6 Key Insights from Seasoned Homeschool Moms About Their Journey
Educating our children is a huge responsibility as well as a privilege. I have talked to many parents that have questions about what is that best way to educate their children.
Here are some words of wisdom and homeschool advice from seasoned homeschool moms. They share wisdom and homeschool tips they have learned as result of spending many years homeschooling.
What is the one thing that many parents wish they knew before they started homeschooling?
Parents must choose to send their children to public schools, private schools or they might choose to homeschool. Whatever the choice, parents are ultimately responsible for the education of their children.
This post will share homeschooling tips and advice from seasoned homeschool moms. These moms learned some key lessons they want you to be aware of.
We are going to share those lessons here. Each mom was asked to share one thing they wished they knew about homeschooling before they started. The answers should provide you with food for thought as well as courage as you progress through your unique educational journey.
Here are some benefits of homeschooling that you may be familiar with.
Benefits of Homeschooling
- Freedom to choose the approach or curriculum that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. You may be thinking of Unschooling or the using Charlotte Mason approach, or something more mainstream like Apologia. The choices abound when considering the type of homeschool you want to establish. The beautiful thing is that you can make adjustments where and when you need to. These resources are wonderful guides to help you along your way.
- Students can take a deep dive into the subjects they find interesting. Take the liberty to allow your children to learn as much as they can about a subject they are interested in. You will notice that these moms advise you to pay attention to the interests of your children. They will do a lot in helping you figure which direction they should go.
- Family time increases. This time is important for teaching the special nuances of your family. You have particular values that you want to see your children carry. These won’t be disregarded in your own homeschool. You will have the ability to expose your children to the truths you hold dear.
Concerns About Homeschooling
Some of the concerns parents face along the decision-making journey include; lack of support from friends and family, financial concerns, doing it the right way and burnout. Homeschool parents often worry about making mistakes as they educate their children.
Parents want the best for their children so they are very aware of the challenges before them. You will notice that these moms want you to know that you can relax. There is support out there and you can do this if you choose.
Insights from Seasoned Homeschool Moms
Several seasoned homeschool moms were asked to share the one thing they wished they knew before they started homeschooling. As you read their insights, it is my hope that you will gain clarity concerning what homeschooling can be like for you and your family.
I trust this will serve to encourage you in your next steps.
Here is the question.
What is the one thing you wish you knew about homeschooling before you started?
Melanie Willson’s Answer
Melanie Wilson is a seasoned homeschool mom with 6 children. Melanie from Psychowith6.com shares her concern about college for her homeschooled children”.
Here is her response to the question.
“What I wish I had known when I started homeschooling is that I didn’t need to worry about college. I mistakenly thought my kids would have to know specific science or history facts for college entrance exams and they didn’t.
The studying and test-taking practice they got (especially from using Apologia (science) has enabled my three oldest sons to do very well in college. All my worry was wasted!
Obviously, Melanie prepared her children well. She taught them the process of learning.
They were then able to take those skills and apply them to the rigors of college. Thank you, Melanie for being such an awesome homeschool mom.
You can catch Melanie at Homeschoolscopes.tv. She, along with many other homeschool moms share other insights and tips on homeschooling. This is a group of women that warmly embrace homeschool moms while sharing wisdom and encouragement.
As Melanie mentioned, her worries concerning the college years were put to rest as her children did well in college. Stop by and visit her website or HomeschoolScopes.tv and get to know Melanie Wilson.
She truly is one of the seasoned homeschool moms you want to glean from.
Meka Wilson’s Key Insights
Meka Wilson, a wonderful homeschool mom with valuable insights gained from her years homeschooling her two
daughters. She is also a talented singer and is married to Bryan Wilson, a talented visual artist. She wished she knew “that it’s ok if my children aren’t grasping a concept initially.
I believe we put too much pressure on children and ourselves that things have to be perfect. They are individuals and everyone learns differently.
I’d remind myself to not get caught up in people’s opinion of what we should do as a homeschool family”.
Meka found the wisdom and insight to allow her girls to be free to be who God created them to be. Click To Tweet The standards were the Lord’s, not some man-made yardstick for what schooling or education should be.
Her girls are flourishing and spreading their wings in the area of entrepreneurship.
Amy Milcic’s Answer
Amy Milcic of Rock Your Homeschool shares an important tip for parents that are transitioning their children from public school to homeschool. This key insight is true if you are coming from a private school as well.
Amy says, “Before I started homeschooling, I wish I would have known that it’s okay to go slow when you transition from public school. My two older boys had attended for a few years.
I thought we had to keep up with their peers. I quickly learned that my boys needed a break from all the pressure to rediscover their love of learning.
My #1 tip: relax & enjoy this precious time with your kids. It’s not a sprint, but more like a lovely amble through the woods with different paths to select from that all lead to the joy of a solid home education.”
Amy’s key insight is to enjoy your time with your children and discover the many different paths in the homeschool journey. This seasoned homeschool mom makes it seem so possible to enjoy homeschool life to the fullest, doesn’t she?
Be sure to visit her website. Amy has amazing blog posts on how to help your child be assertive as well as dealing with bullying. There are some wonderful free printables there as well. You can get to know Amy better at Rockyourhomeschool.net
Angel Penn’s Key Insights
Angel is another wise and seasoned homeschool mom with rich insight for new and aspiring homeschool parents. Angel Penn blogs at AngelPenn.com.
She recently hosted a blog party focusing on marriage. As a result of the blog party, she has compiled 28 days of blog posts. Please hop over to The Journey Through I Do. Check out the series. You will be blessed.
She shares her response here.
“ I wished someone had told me my homeschooling style/room/curriculum didn’t have to resemble anyone else’s. I felt pressured to make sure that my boys had a dedicated school area, some curriculum etc…
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Personalizing your homeschooling experience for your family is a LOT easier when you take steps towards what works for you and not feel pressured to have it look like someone’s else’s.”
This is a great tip! Homeschools are as personal and as unique as families. This is the way it should be. Don’t fall into the temptation of comparing yourself or your style to anyone else’s.
The goals may be similar but the way we reach that goal should be tailored to the unique personality of your family. Enjoy the uniqueness of your children.
Amy Michaels’ Key Insights
Amy Michaels taught elementary school before she became a homeschool mom. She brings her skills and experience as a classroom teacher to the homeschooling community.
These videos contain a wealth of information and insight that homeschool families will benefit from.
Here is Amy’s answer to the question we posed.
“When I started homeschooling, I put a lot of time and energy into finding the “right” curriculum for my child. However, I quickly realized that the “right curriculum” changed in the various phases of her learning.
Now, I know meeting her where she is and providing natural opportunities to learn skills and knowledge is key for us to stress much less and really enjoy homeschooling together.
Finding the balance between child-led learning and weaving in the skills she needs to know took time to find, but it is a priceless place for authentic and life-long learning!
You can hear the gentleness in her tone as she talks about getting in tune with the needs of her children.
Kasha Foster’s Insights
Kasha Foster is another seasoned homeschool mom. She has two girls and two boys who have very different personalities and needs, as is true of all children.
Her insights and wisdom reveal the need to lean heavily upon the Holy Spirit. She and I had a chance to talk about her insights and she shared that there are things that occur in families that nobody plans for.
Some of those things may make it necessary to homeschool or impossible to homeschool. Prayer is going to be key in every situation. The Lord knows your needs and your children. He is faithful to meet those needs so you do not need to worry. Put everything in His hands.
Kasha’s husband Paul helped in the homeschooling journey which is another factor that can greatly enhance the journey. When both parents are involved in the education of their children there is a bond that is strengthened among all of the family members.
Paul has also co-written a book entitled Competing Realities that focuses on the challenges of living a Christian life in a world that is often opposed to the Christian World View. This book will give you insight into how to handle the challenges ahead. You will find the link to the book below.
Clearly, invaluable wisdom is shared. Each mom has shared what they learned on their homeschool journey. Be sure to visit there blogs and websites to glean even more wisdom and insights. The support you receive from other homeschool moms can make the difference in your homeschool journey.
I hope you have found this post helpful. Take advantage of the resources I shared.
As I mentioned, educating your child is a huge responsibility. Our children are our future. This decision is a personal one and one that should be handled with prayer. Whatever you decide, I hope to be of help to you on your journey.
Be sure to check some of the other resources that can be found on this blog regarding family and education.
Let me know some of your insights and wisdom. What have you learned along the way? Please share in the comments below and remember to enjoy the journey with your family.
You may also want to check out some of these resources as you gather facts on homeschooling.