I started writing a homeschool book years ago, way before we jumped into full time traveling, and I called it It’s Not About The Curriculum. To be honest, I put it on the side burner because of doubt and fear. I strongly believe in my approach to homeschooling, but I didn’t know how to validate the results. If my kid went to school and got good grades, was valedictorian, got into Harvard, I guess then I could say I know the best approach to raising successful kids.
But that wasn’t my goal. I wanted a certain connection with my kids. I wanted them to think outside the box, be brave, bold, and strong.
Personally, I absolutely love that I homeschool my kids and I wouldn’t have it any other way, but it’s not for everyone. Like full time travel, homeschooling can be really hard, but also really rewarding. I want to help you decide if this is something that would benefit you and your family. Homeschooling your kids is a HUGE decision and it’s not something to take lightly. I can’t promise that homeschooling is the answer or that it’s right for you, but it’s important to weigh your options so you know if you are making the right choice for your family. Before jumping into this crazy adventure you should consider these five things.
What’s Your Intention?
I always say homeschooling isn’t about the curriculum. The math, science, history, and language arts are all great byproducts of homeschooling, but it’s the other lessons my kids (and myself) have learned that are what make me such a strong believer in homeschooling.
I’ve been homeschooling my kids for 13 years. For 11 of those we didn’t travel. I homeschooled as conventionally as you could imagine and followed strict curriculum programs. It was only the past three years that I switched gears to unschooling and world schooling (I’m still not 100% an unschooler).
I feel the key to making homeschooling work is confidence. Knowing what you want from the experience and being able to stand by that decision even when mainstream questions your capabilities. I like being able to give others the confidence to follow what your heart might be saying when it comes to raising your children. If what I’m talking about seems too crazy or too different, it’s okay. Like I said, homeschooling is not for everyone and it doesn’t make you a better or worse mom if you choose to send the rugrats to school. I’m positive they will still turn out alright and you will still be a rock star mom (or dad).
I encourage you to spend some time thinking about what your intention is with homeschooling. It may not be time related at all. I know a lot of homeschool parents who choose to homeschool for religious, academic, or social reasons. If you are just starting to contemplate homeschooling, don’t worry about the curriculum part yet. That part is easy. For now, just focus on what you want your days to feel like and then fill in all those other details later.
So before you order all your curriculum, write down your answer to these questions and put them somewhere that you can look at six months from now when you have a hard day and you want to pull your hair out because your child won’t sit still and do math.
- What is your intention is with homeschooling?
- What are you hoping to achieve?
- What doesn’t feel right in your life at this point in time?
- What do you hope to gain from homeschooling?
- What’s the current problem that you are hoping homeschoo