Saturday, January 13, 2018

5 Things I Would Have Done Differently Homeschooling

This school year marks year 9 of homeschooling with our family.  In the beginning, it seemed to be such an overwhelming part of our lifestyle.  We knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that the Lord had called our family to this journey, but it didn't mean it made it an easy journey.

I read books, lots of books, on homeschooling.  I watched videos, took notes, went to homeschooling conferences, and surrounded myself with other like-minded homeschooling families.  All of these things I do NOT regret.

However, there are 5 things, if given the opportunity, I would do differently.

1.) I would never attempt teaching history with a typical history textbook.  Living books, videos, and field trips have proven much more effective for us.

2.) I would start using IEW in elementary.  It would save a lot of heartache, tears, and money in the long run.

3.)  I would have tried Math-U-See and All About Spelling sooner.

4.)  I would have trusted my gut instinct and had my child tested earlier.  The information I received on how to better teach him with dyslexia would have helped us both.

5.)  I would have relaxed more... and taken the time to REALLY be there with the kids more.  I let work distract me from what the kids were doing many days... or worse, I let FACEBOOK distract me from spending time with my kids.  I don't have children in elementary grades now, and those years went by so quickly. 

Veteran homeschooling moms, what are some things you would do differently?

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