Did you know that there is an amazing community of homeschoolers over on the Hip Homeschool Moms Facebook group?
Did you even know that Hip Homeschool Moms had a Facebook group?
The community has over 4000 members that are so full of encouragement and support for one another. They come from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all kinds of homeschool philosophies and methods, and they all come together to help their fellow homeschoolers. The group has truly been a blessing to so many moms.
Well, with new school years on the horizon (and some that have already started) and with so many homeschoolers embarking on this journey for the first time, I thought I’d reach out to veteran homeschoolers in the Hip Homeschool Moms Community on Facebook and ask them to share words of wisdom and advice to moms who are taking this big leap into homeschooling.
And here is what they had to say:
Take your time. Live each day for what it is- a treasure! Accept that there will be days when going outside might be better than staying inside. If your son/daughter isn’t learning or enjoying the curriculum, then change it up or modify it! Have fun and enjoy the process… and take care of yourself.
~ Katie – mother of 1, homeschooling for 3 years
Go slow! Especially if you’ve just come out of the traditional school environment. It takes time to adjust to a new way of life. Be kind to yourself and your child. You can do this!
~ Crystal – mom of 4 homeschooling for 4 years
“Don’t try to copy public school, you chose to not send them on that route for a reason!”
The biggest obstacle faced at the start of homeschooling was the perfect image in my head! So my advice to all those getting started is take it easy! Don’t try to copy public school; you chose to not send them on that route for a reason! Be flexible and listen to your students! They will show you what works best for them as individuals! Breathe and take a moment (or 20) for yourself! And know that meltdowns happen and you’re still doing great!!!!! Because really all it takes to be a really great homeschooler is Love, and willingness to always Learn! That goes for both Mom and Student!
~ Cassi – mom of 2, 3rd and 6th grade
Priorities are king. Never forget your #1 goal is to raise children who love and fear God. You are never “not” teaching. The life you live before your children will teach them way more than they will learn in those few hours of academic instruction.
~ Kathy & Danny – homeschooling parents for 10 years
Remember to enjoy your kids. It seems silly to say, but sometimes we get so caught up in trying to check off boxes that we forget why we wanted to do this in the first place – wanting to be with our kids. We can easily make an idol of education and completely miss the wonderful little people we’re raising.
~ Julie S. – mom of 11, ten year homeschooling veteran
“The life you live before your children will teach them way more than they will learn in those few hours of academic instruction.”
Don’t worry about strictly following a curriculum, and don’t worry if your kid just isn’t ‘as good’ as other kids his/her age. Try to get in touch with your child, his unique needs and learning style, and work at his pace. Pushing him through something he’s not ready for builds a disdain for that subject and learning over all. Keep it positive.
~ Emily – homeschooling for 4 years
Not every homeschool is the same. What works for others may not work for you and vice versa. Find what works for your kids and don’t be afraid to “think outside of the box” — make learning fun for everyone, including yourself.
~ Dawn – mom of 3, 5th year homeschooling
“Nurture relationships – they’re more important than academics.”
Put the Lord first each day and in your homeschool. Nurture relationships-they’re more important than academics. School will be done with one day, but you’ll always be their Mom. Teach character. Be willing to say you’re sorry and to forgive. Enjoy them-this time really does go so quickly!
~ Jodi – mom of 5, homeschooling 10 years
You will have good days, bad days, amazing days, and days that you want to quit. Hang in there, YOU CAN DO IT!
~ Allison – mom of 2, homeschooling for 12 years
Learn how to say “no” and protect the time with your family. It’s easy to get caught up in co-op, sports, etc., and often times people will need “favors” because they feel that you are “home all day and have the time.” No is a powerful word.
~ Jennifer – Mom of two, homeschooling and leading a co-op for 3 years
“Not every homeschool is the same.”
Loosen up! The beauty of homeschooling is that you can teach your children according to their individual needs, learning styles, and your family’s dynamics. Remember that your dynamics may change year to year; adjust and keep going!
~ Lisa – Mom of 6, homeschooling 12 years
Not every homeschooling day will go smoothly. Don’t take it personally when a lesson plan bombs or when a child refuses to complete an assignment. Take a deep breath, take a break, and try again when everyone’s calm. You can always catch up on schoolwork, but you can’t always catch up on helping your kids handle their feelings.
~ Selena R. – mom of four, homeschooling for six years
Give yourself grace every day! You don’t have to be a perfect mom/teacher – God chose you to be your kids’ mom because you, with all your strengths and weaknesses, are exactly what your children need. You and your children will learn just as much from the challenges as from the successes, and you get to be together on the journey!
~ Kim – homeschooling mom of 4