Fit to Homeschool
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:23-24
Are you considering homeschooling your child or are you experiencing the looming feeling of self-doubt? Perhaps you can see the advantage of homeschooling, but you feel uncertain that you can rise to the challenge. I would like to reassure you that no one is perfect. Even the brightest minds make mistakes. I believe that success is just a combination of determination and effort.
What is your motivation?
- Do you desire an active role in your child’s education?
A major benefit of homeschooling is being able to tailor the education to fit your child and provide individualized instruction.
- Do you know your child? Are you willing to understand their strengths and weaknesses?
Parents have the luxury of knowing their child’s previous struggles and accomplishments. Knowledge of their child is carried over and built upon yearly.
- Do you enjoy being around your child?
If you choose to homeschool, you will be spending a large amount of time with your child.
- Are you willing to invest in your child?
Homeschooling your child is an investment in their future. It takes dedication and effort. Although there are ways to make it more affordable, homeschooling is also financial investment.
- Do you have your child’s best interest at heart?
Choosing to homeschooling is not just removing your child from public-school. No child should be withheld an education. Homeschooling can be an opportunity to provide enriching educational experiences.
Is it legal?
Homeschool is legal in all 50 U.S. states, but it is under the jurisdiction of each state’s legislation. Some states are homeschool friendly, while others impose stricter requirements.
Most states require that the parent has a high school diploma or GED. The state of Washington requires some college coursework.
Certain states require a notification of intent to homeschool, submission of tests scores, and/or professional assessments.
For more information on homeschool laws and requirements please see the HSLDA website
Is it difficult?
Homeschooling is different from conventional schooling. The role of the parent is not the same as a public-school teacher. You will share some of the same challenges of public-school teachers (behavior management, maintaining order, engaging students, planning and implementing lessons, etc.). However, some difficulties are unique to homeschool (occasional criticism, discouragement, and self-doubt).
Homeschool teachers have the benefit of choosing their own curriculum and tailoring it to fit their child. They are not confined to a classroom and can take their lessons outside. They can expound lessons or take impromptu field trips. They have the option to stay on a concept until it is mastered or go back to concepts that need review.
What if you don’t know the material?
The good news is that you don’t have to know everything and oftentimes you will learn alongside your child. Choose uncomplicated curriculum. Take advantage of the library, homeschool days at the museum, and video lectures. Utilize your resources and enlist the help of those around you. Fred Rogers said, “As far as I’m concerned, this is the essence of education: to facilitate a person’s learning, to help that person become more in tune with his or her own resources so that he or she can use whatever is offered more fully.”
Thank you for taking the time to visit Happy Fit Homeschool. I hope you found the information useful. Please feel free to send me a message or leave a comment. Have a great day!