Whether your kids have attended school somewhere else, or you’re starting to homeschool in the preschool or kindergarten years, adjusting to a homeschooling lifestyle does take some time. It’s often said that the first year of homeschooling is the most difficult.
It helps if your kids are happy about being homeschooled, and often the younger they are, they more accepting they are about homeschooling. If you’re pulling the kids out of public school because of a substandard school district, you might meet some resistance from them over missing their friends. It depends on the kids and on your individual situation.
Finding the perfect curriculum for your family may take some time too. Quite often, what a family starts homeschooling with has changed by the end of that first year. The process of trial and error means that what you thought would work well for your kids somehow didn’t live up to your expectations. Luckily, there are so many different forms of curricula out there, with a little patience you’re sure to find the right fit.
Getting connected to a good support group can really make the transition to homeschooling easier. If you find a group of like-minded homeschoolers near where you live, you’ll have other moms to talk to, and your kids will make friends too. Getting plugged-in to the homeschooling community locally exposes you to information about area field trips, enrichment classes, and fun activities for your family to join.
It’s also important to note that homeschooling affects the whole family because it really isn’t just a choice of schools, but a way of life. Give yourself plenty of time to adjust and keep reminding yourself that the hard part is in the beginning and it will certainly get easier. And if you’re finishing up with your first year, congratulations – it’s all downhill from here!
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