Are the thoughts of school closings causing you stress? With the current trend of furloughing teachers and requiring children to stay at home and find “other arrangements” for their educational needs for a period of time, you might find yourself taking another look at homeschooling.
There are thousands of homeschooling families in your state, millions of homeschoolers around the world. When school closures in your town cause you to scramble to find other arrangements for your kids, these families keep right on learning.
How to begin to decide if homeschooling is for your family:
1. Realize that there is no such thing as one size fits all when it comes to education. This is one of the many reasons parents choose to homeschool in the first place. It seems obvious to the parent of multiple children that each one of her offspring is uniquely and wonderfully made, so it seems only natural that customizing education to suit the needs, talents, and passions of each student would be center stage. This is in stark contrast to the public educational system that creates a standard of education and then tries to fit as many kids into the mold as possible.
2. Recognize that there is more than one way to homeschool. It can take a few years to really settle into a style that is a good fit for your family. The good news is that your “school” has no limitations (and definitely no furloughs unless you add them in). Whether you choose a traditional, unschooling style, or somewhere in between the beauty of homeschooling is that you get to decide what is best for your kids. The bad news is that you get to decide what is best for your kids. (Didn’t she just say that?) Yes! It can be quite overwhelming to suddenly realize you are captain of your child’s education. Begin to ask around. There are absolutely homeschoolers in your community. See if you can arrange to meet with a few to capitalize on their years of wisdom.
3. Talk with some experts. These would be homeschooling agents who have been teaching their kids for 4 or more years and still think its the best choice for their family. These parent-teachers are a wealth of knowledge and are usually more than willing to share their curriculum choices, ideas, and successes with others. You can find some of these parents online. There are many really great blogs about homeschooling that offer everything from daily encouragement to “How to Homeschool” videos.
Hopefully, your children are having all of their educational needs met by their current school. If not, or if that great school is affected by the new trend of school closures, check out the option of homeschooling. It’s not as scary as it looks!