"...WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE..." --Luke 1:37
You're looking at the pros and cons. You've been considering homeschooling for a long time, and have always wanted to try it. Well, if you're still wondering whether or not this is the year to start homeschooling, I highly encourage you to put your doubts behind, and go for it! After all --- there are only two things that can happen....
Things will go well, or they won't go so well. Either you'll enjoy teaching at home, or you won't like teaching at home. Homeschooling is a lot like mothering --- there are good days, and bad days. Beautiful, precious, and memorable moments. Mundane, uneventful and routine days. But, as in mothering --- the good days far outweigh the bad days...
Maybe it's best not to think in terms of success or failure, but to step back, look at the big picture and resolve to do the best you can. And that's it. Just do your best. Give yourself time to transition into the homeschooling lifestyle if you're coming from a private or public school setting.
No matter what, you and your family will learn something, and will have many opportunities for growth. Kids definitely benefit when they're taught at home. For instance, the regular, one-on-one instruction that home teaching allows is unattainable in a private or public school. And, it's good to remember that most moms enjoying homeschooling and wouldn't trade it for anything. So, I encourage you to approach teaching with a positive outlook with an aim to succeed. If I can do it, you can do it! Please see My Math Dilemma.
Feeling inept? Normal. Feeling unqualified? Normal. What homeschooling moms seem to have is an unwavering trust in God that says, "Lord, please enable me to do this!"
You really can't go wrong in homeschooling, because you're already (in essence) teaching your kids anyway -- by your life, your example and your guidance. Don't most adults say that their moms had a crucial impact on their lives? Please see the blogs Fact #2 About Homeschooling and Fact #3 About Homeschooling.
And, no -- you're not going to ruin your kids! So many moms have that fear. If you're a committed mother who loves her kids and desires their very best -- you're going to do very well as a homeschooling mom.
I encourage you no matter what to give homeschooling a try for a whole year, and don't bail earlier. And, remember, HSLDA is there to help! Please contact them with any questions you may have, and become a member before you begin teaching.
For more encouragement in teaching, please see the blogs:
I'm here to tell you that you're going to do fine. You're already a natural teacher, so teach with your own style! Make the most impact in your kids' lives that you possibly can, and start homeschooling this fall!
"Through God we shall do valiantly, and it is He who will tread down our adversaries." -Psalm 108:13