In the beginning days of our homeschooling journey, I had so many questions. I was frustrated when things didn’t work out the way I wanted them to. We never seemed to complete the assigned curriculum work because we seemed to always get lost on a tangent. On top of that, after all of the time I spent researching, as well as all of the money I spent, the curriculum wasn’t really teaching things the kids needed! Those early days were frustrating sometimes!
That is when I knew we needed to do something drastically different. First, we sat down and had a long discussion about why we decided to homeschool in the first place. That discussion showed us that we were really just replacing school in the home. That wasn’t what we were trying to do at all! We choose this journey because we wanted to give something more to our kids. We didn’t want them bogged down by a preplanned curriculum that didn’t match their interests, needs, or skill level. We wanted them to be excited about learning, to pick up a book because they were curious, and learn things they would help them to be better adults.
This one thing- this one planning session- changed things completely for us. We knew that this is what the journey was about for us and we needed to always be focused on these ideas.
In the years that followed, whenever we felt off track, or one of us started dreading our days, we went back to the vision of why we were doing this. It was amazing at how quickly our days shifted back into ones we loved.
This journey isn’t about the next cool piece of curriculum you see your friend trying or activity you’ve downloaded from Pinterest. It is about what you are ultimately trying to provide your kids.
I have created a program to help parents build the kind of homeschool they want and love for their family. It is called Homeschool with Confidence. I would love for you to check it out. Here is a video I created talking about it.
If you want to explore it more, you can check it out HERE.
It is my goal to share all of the things I have figured out over the years so that the up and coming homeschool families can by-pass some of the years of trial and error. I hope you find sweet spot for you and your kids. It is an amazing place to be!