How to Know if You Should Homeschool Your Kids

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Written by Nikki Dee

Think you're ready to homeschool your kids, but not sure? Let's chat about it. 

In a world with so many divisive opinions about everything, it can be hard to get the information that you need to make a decision about whether to homeschool your kids.

A few years back when I was making the decision to pull  my kids out of public school and try homeschooling them, it was a difficult choice. I wanted to make a good choice for them. 

But I had very few places to find answers. I stumbled upon a homeschool blog much like this one and I got lots of great information. 

Now that I have a few years of homeschool experience under my belt, I feel qualified to help you decide if homeschool is right for you.

Should I Homeschool? 

Homeschooling is the most awesome, amazing, liberating, exhausting endeavor on the planet.

But should you homeschool your children?

If you are even considering it for your family, then my emphatic answer is YES!

This may shock you, but deciding to homeschool your child for a semester or a year isn’t an irreversible decision. 

Try homeschool. Hate it? Send them back to school.

Homeschool is not for the faint of heart.

More and more I hear stories of parents who think that for one reason or another traditional school just isn’t cutting it for their children anymore. 

Some reasons for this:

  • Schools don't provide enough individual attention
  • Lesson plans aren't focused on the level of your child
  • The school day schedule doesn't work for your child

As you read this blog post, keep one important thing in mind: this is a decision that you have to make for your kids and for you.

Your friends will have an opinion. 

Your parents will have an opinion (I’m the child of an educator, trust me your parents will care). 

But it isn’t their decision.

They aren’t the ones feeding grumpy kids before dawn to try and get them out the door to school. 

Key Questions to Ask Yourself About Homeschooling

Before you decide to homeschool, there may be some questions you want to ask yourself. 

"Should I homeschool?" is common. People want to be able to be in charge of their child's education and they want to know exactly what their child is learning. But, they are often overwhelmed at the mere thought.

Is this something that I can do?

If you have time to be home and homeschool your children and a desire to do so, then YES.

Am I qualified?

Contrary to popular belief there is no qualification system for whether or not you are allowed to teach homeschool.

The real question is… are you willing to commit to helping your child learn to the best of your ability? If you answered yes, then you’re qualified.

Do I have enough time?

Homeschooling your child is like taking on a full-time job.

Not only because of the learning time that takes place, but also because you now have your little darlings with you 24/7. Seriously, there are no breaks from your kids when you homeschool.

Homeschool Factors to Consider

As you consider whether you should homeschool your child, consider some important factors first, factors that can help you to decide if it is a good thing, or not.

  • Time - Time is the biggest factor in many people's decision to homeschool, or not to. You will need to dedicate a good portion of your day to the tasks involved in homeschooling. The process is involved, more than spending a few hours reading over books. You also need to manage things like experiments and field trips to parks. Plus, you have to commit to lesson plan design, which in itself can take up a lot of your time.
  • Finances - Believe it or not, homeschool doesn’t have to cost too much money. The only drawback in terms of money is the fact that one parent really does need to be at home, doing the homeschooling, rather than working. This type of sacrifice may be acceptable in some families but in others it may not be possible.
  • Expectations - When you are just starting out in homeschool, it is so very important to temper your expectations. Forget about curriculums and chalkboards – focus on your children. Give them what they need to feel comfortable, rested and safe and the curriculum will come later.

Also, it’s probably a good idea to get everyone living in your house on board with the idea of homeschool. Have a family discussion and let everyone voice their opinions.

Homeschooling is a very family-centric activity. 

Talk to your child about your desire to homeschool them. In particular, if the child has been enrolled in school previously, he or she may not be too sure about homeschooling.

Talk to them and be sure they know what to expect and get their questions answered. 

Many people are intimidated with the thought of homeschooling because they are focused on one aspect: the school. 

Forget about the school part and focus on the home part first. You should

detox from school (or deschool). Find a routine and focus on your child and their own needs before you consider which “school” parts to put into homeschool.

Don't get caught up on the "how" when making your decision to homeschool or not.

There are numerous different ways to homeschool your child, and it may take some time to figure out exactly what works for you and your family.

Looking for more information about homeschooling your kids - how to do it, what to keep records of and more? Check out this page.

How to Know if You Should Homeschool

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About Nikki Dee

From the time she was young, Nikki Dee knew she wanted to be  a writer. After spending years making money as a freelance writer, she became a mom. With her days full of squealing toddlers, client calls became almost impossible and Nikki Dee decided to start her own blog. Now she helps other moms who are trying to find their path to a dream life.

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