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What is the easiest way to homeschool?

12 Apr

The easiest option is to put them in school. Yes, I’m serious.   The easiest way to homeschool is not to homeschool.

And yes, I’ve been asked this question, more than once, and more so in recent years when homeschooling has become more of a preference or refuge than a conviction.

“I need open and go workbooks”

“I don’t want to be fully responsible for their education”

“I don’t have much time to devote to this”

“I work from home/am studying so I can’t be with them”

These are things that prospective homeschoolers have said to me in emails or around my dining room table. I cringe, set aside any plans to talk about homeschooling, and then I give them the information they really want – the names of various distance education options. But, it has been my experience that many of these children end up back in school, because even distance education requires quite a bit of time and devotion.

When you leave the school environment, you are choosing to take on the responsibility of your child’s education. If you choose Distance Education, you are responsible for overseeing and teaching the work your school provides, and, if you choose to homeschool, you are totally responsible for every aspect of your child’s education, including their socialising opportunities. Homeschooling is time consuming and just doesn’t happen in an hour or two in the morning with a couple of booklets. It requires dedicated parental involvement and it is no easy task.

Yes, homeschooling is achievable for any family who truly desires it and has the time to devote to it. Your every waking moment won’t centre around homeschooling, once you get into the swing of things. Down the track, you might even be able to do a little bit of work or study, with the support of others, although I don’t advise it if you can avoid it. Homeschooling is a full time job, as is raising a family and running a household.  If you add much more to the cart, something is bound to topple and sadly homeschooling seems to be the first thing to go when the apples start to roll. So be ever watchful of your load and your priorities.

Seriously, if you don’t have the time to devote to homeschooling or aren’t particularly interested in learning the nuts and bolts of how to educate, then consider carefully if homeschooling is what you really want to do. You have to ‘want’ it for it to work. If you aren’t 100% on board with what homeschooling will involve, or don’t have the time to devote to it, homeschooling is not a good option when school doesn’t work out it. As difficult as it might seem, your children are better off remaining at school, while you search for other options.

School is easier than homeschooling because here are no ‘easy’ options in homeschooling.

Sorry. This just had to be said. 😦

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3 Comments

Posted by on April 12, 2015 in Homeschooling Thoughts

 

3 responses to “What is the easiest way to homeschool?

  1. Sarah

    April 12, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Exactly

     
  2. Petra

    April 12, 2015 at 10:51 am

    So true. It is full-on, and your mind needs to be “on the job”. I also think it depends on your reasons for homeschooling in the first place. Do you miss your children when they’re at school? Are they actually learning anything at school, or are they being bullied all the time, therefore too nervous to learn anything? Do you want more control in their lives? Is your religion a feature? Perhaps homeschooling is becoming romanticised. Any which way, this is a great post. Did something get up your nose recently???!!! 🙂

     
    • Tracey

      April 12, 2015 at 11:19 am

      This has always been a bug bear – people taking their children’s education so lightly. Imagine if schools tried to do what some mums want to do to their own children – sit them at a desk, by themselves, with one or two hours of impoverished schoolwork and no one to interact with or mentor them. We’d be livid.

      Part of the problem is that parents think that being at home is the magic ingredient so they pull them out of school and try to play school at home, which is disastrous. What we do isn’t/shouldn’t be anything like school. That’s the not-so-secret ingredient. 🙂

       

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