Aussie Homeschool Blog asks, “What is your best piece of advice for a new homeschooler?” I would have to answer, “If in doubt, read. If not in doubt, then read then too”.
New homeschooling parents want to know, “What do I do? And I need to know right now”. It’s probably unwise to put them on the path of various curriculums and providers. It’s all too much at first. I also promise that most people will change their beliefs about homeschooling once they start getting their hands dirty and realise that there are a lot of different approaches to teaching our children. Consequently, buying curriculum is an expensive exercise for new homeschoolers if they change their mind about their homeschooling approach a few months down the track.
My answer to “What do I do?” is read – read to your children. There’s nothing wrong with spending your day being together, exploring, creating, answering questions and reading books aloud. Read the books they bring you to read, select books to read aloud to them and make sure there are plenty of books available for them to read and look through. Don’t just read one or two books, read piles of books and not just picture books. Read novels that challenge them. Answer their questions by finding books to read. Take trips to the library, the book stores and second hand stores. Make sure Mum AND Dad are reading aloud to the children. This is particularly important for your sons. If all you do is read for a year I guarantee you are giving your children a wonderful education.
Read to yourself as well. Read about homeschooling. There are sooo many wonderful titles. I haven’t yet tired of reading about homeschooling (even if my hubby’s wallet has 🙂 ) . It pumps me with enthusiasm, fresh approaches and ideas. Read about lots of different homeschool styles and not just the ones that you think will appeal to you. There are gems to learn from each homeschooling approach. It’s also important to understand why people choose the approaches they do. By reading about approaches that aren’t your own you can better appreciate the diversity of the homeschooling community and understand why people do what they do. That’s advice for new homeschoolers and seasoned homeschoolers.
So there you have it in a nutshell:
Buy more books… 🙂On that note, I’m off to solve the problems of the world at Amazon.com 🙂