if you are determined to do what it takes for your child’s success,
you can successfully homeschool your child.
Homeschooling isn’t a safe decision, but it may be the best decision for your family.
It is easier to keep your child where they are for education and then complain about it. Homeschooling isn’t a safe decision, but it allows you to make the educational choices your children need.
Many of the moms in my co-op over the 24 years chose homeschooling because their children had special needs. They were determined to help their children maximize their potential- whatever that looked like.
It is easier to talk about what is going wrong in the school and culture than it is to decide to do something about it. Homeschooling isn’t a safe decision, but it allows you time to address cultural issues with your children from a biblical perspective.
It is easier to put other things ahead of your child’s education. Homeschooling isn’t a safe decision as it will require sacrifices of you and your family.
Rant: Frankly, I am tired of parents whining that they don’t have any free time to do what they want. Parenting is not about free time. There is no EASY button for parenting and it is not about you for the 18 plus or minus years that you have to influence your children. Take responsibility for the children you have brought into the world and do your best to raise them for the Lord.
Be careful! Those sacrifices, that additional time teaching truth to your children, and those conversations are going to lead to something you will never expect.
You are going to enjoy homeschooling WAY MORE than you think you will, meet some incredible people, and raise some incredible people!
There are very good boxed all-in-one curriculums out there. I used and recommend BJU Press Homeschool curriculum for all my kids K thru 12. You can do parent led where you teach or purchase the DVD’s or get the same material through the computer. For any of those ways, there are recommendations for grading or they do it for you.
I love the BJU curriculum because they have thought of everything. Subjects are well put together, they list tons of extra resources if you need it and all the prep work is done. On day one, you teach lesson one, etc. So the value of that kind of complete curriculum was worth every penny to me.This post contains affiliate links. Please read our Disclosure Policy for details.
If you are purchasing the curriculum for your children, I have some reviews of materials on Youtube Homeschool Christian Mom. I teach a lesson during my review and give you an idea of how a lesson or subject works.
There is no perfect curriculum! The public school teachers use what they have and make it work. You can do the same thing- use the best curriculum you can get.
My own philosophy is to buy a good, all-inclusive curriculum and use it. If it doesn’t quite fit your child or his needs, it is much easier and less expensive to modify a good curriculum than to buy and buy and buy trying to find the perfect books. I do recommend using a complete program such at BJU Press Homeschool, whether parent-led, on-line, or on DVD’s. For me, it made homeschooling through high school not only doable but wildly successful.
It is a great blessing that there are such good curriculums available: as parent-led (you teach the material using the teacher’s book and your child has the student text), DVD’s (you watch the lessons and use the student books to do the work) or Distance Learning On-line programs (Daily video lessons are delivered to your child by expert teachers. Lessons, eTextbooks, and assignments can be accessed from the web.)
Even if you go with a different company, BJU Press Homeschool curriculum is recognized as one of the best Christian curriculums in the world and a look at these books will help you evaluate any other curriculums.
I am more than glad to help you as well. Please join me on Facebook group Homeschool Christian Mom and get the assistance you need to be a successful teacher and parent, no matter what reasons you have for beginning your homeschooling now.
What’s the Difference Between College and Kindergarten?
Type of Learner.
Level of dependence.
Your last formal education may have been college: however, remember that in kindergarten, your students are new learners.
Besides the monetary aspect, to the tune of $40,000 or more, the learning is different! (See more about college tuitions below.)
In college, the students are mature learners.
In college, a student is responsible to know the material in the assigned reading, the extra reading, and the lecture material. He is expected to be a mature learner.
In college, the students are independent learners.
Most college students have already had 12 or 13 years of formal education and are ready to take responsibility for their learning. Most college students know how to study and learn new material.
Warning: If you are teaching a young student, be careful not to expect a college student’s learning ability and level of responsibility.
Your kindergartener may have been read to for hundreds of hours, played with and taken places. However, most kindergarteners have never been asked before to identify a letter with a sound, been required to make that sound and then be asked to identify that sound at the beginning or end of a word. This example is one of many totally new concepts.
In kindergarten, the student is a dependent learner.
The under 6 crowd will “catch on” to the best of their ability but their brain is still developing. I had one teacher tell me that she didn’t expect any of her students to read until they their teeth started to wiggle!
And then just when you think your young charges are starting to understand, their body will go through a growth spurt and they may regress. That’s normal.
Many curriculum use a spiral teaching method: A subject is introduced, and then re-introduced and then talked about again throughout the year. This spiral learning teaching style (Bruner, 1960) is based on the premise that a student learns more about a subject each time the topic is restudied.
YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT YOUR KINDERGARTEN STUDENT TO MASTER INFORMATION THE FIRST TIME AROUND. Oh, my! Did I shout that? Sorry.
Little by little.
Inch by inch.
Some children catch on very quickly to reading or math. Unfortunately it is usually your annoying neighbor’s child, but be that as it may, that is NOT the norm for kindergarten. A good song for kindergarten learning (and our Christian walk) is Little by little, inch by inch. . .
The maturity you are expecting will come but it will come in increments over the next 13 years. Be patient.
I do recommend finding a good homeschooling co-op or group. These groups provide friendships and encouragement to the children and parents.
God Helps When We Ask: Kindergarten through College!
Remember James 1:5, ESV: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” Asking God for wisdom is evidence that we trust Him. (Bibleref.com)
How do we get wisdom? We ask. Every day.
Homeschooling Kindergarten Tips:
Pray aloud for yourself and your students before beginning class each day.
Plan to have fun learning with your child.
Plan a bathroom break before school starts.
Halfway through the morning, plan for a snack.
Plan a rest time after lunch called Quiet Reading Time.
Plan 2 exercise times to get those large muscle groups working.
Plan a creative project after lunch.
If your school day isn’t going well, it’s okay to take a break and try again in 15 minutes.
Have enrichment activities or worksheets ready if needed for an emergency day plan.
Have a plastic tub for storing schoolwork and artwork.
Take photos often. You’ll thank me later for this one.
According to the developmental milestones, parents should seek advice from a professional if their three- to five-year-old child:
is not understood by others
has speech fluency problems or stammering
is not playing with other children
is not able to have a conversation
is not able to go to the toilet or wash him/herself.
At least there are some things you won’t have to worry about!
Fortunately for the homeschooled crowd, you won’t have to worry about your child being embarrassed to get permission for bathroom breaks and having an accident, too much stimulation in a crowded cafeteria so that forget to eat, fatigue from a long day without the possibility for a nap or very limited outdoor and exercise time. In homeschooling, you get to control the schedule and it should work to fit your family. Click here for more scheduling ideas.