If you came from a family where everyone, including yourself, went to a traditional school, then all of a sudden you decided to try homeschooling for your kids, your decision will definitely raise a few eyebrows. Homeschooling is a very huge leap from the customary learning process. There are so many things to consider and to be prepared for. Homeschooling can be tough and it is not for everyone. Thorough and careful consideration of different factors is required to avoid having to regret your decision of trying homeschooling. To ensure that you are able to cover everything you need, here is a list of some questions you might want to ask yourself before coming up with a final decision.
First, ask yourself why you want to pursue homeschooling. This is the most important thing. You have to do things for the right reasons. Anything that is done with bad intentions is always bound to fail one way or another. Also, homeschooling does not guarantee a problem-free learning process. You may encounter several challenges and difficult obstacles along the way, but with the right foundation to begin with, no problem is insurmountable.
You also have to determine if homeschooling would it be a good fit for your family. No one else can extend any help on this matter. The best course of action is to talk it over with your spouse. Only those within the family can answer this so might as well have a family discussion to have this resolved. Ask your spouse if your family is ready to lose your second source of income if one has to quit the job and just stay at home to homeschool the kids.
You are considered lucky if you do not get any form of resistance from at least one family member who is against homeschooling. If you are the first in line to not follow the tradition, you can definitely expect to have some sort of convincing to do. Another question that you have to be prepared for is how you can convince your spouse, or anyone in the family, that homeschooling is the best option.
The next question does not only involve money matters, but also time spent with families and friends as well. First, can you afford homeschooling? Homeschooling can be both cheap and expensive at the same time. You get to save on the everyday travel to and from the school, but you also get to have more chances to explore the world together with your kid so it can get a little expensive. Homeschooling gives families more opportunities to spend quality time with each other so there is the temptation to always go on field trips and vacations with the intention of exposing children to the biggest classroom – the real world. Also, friends who do not homeschool may not be as visible for you anymore because the interests and demands on your time have changed. So, ask yourself and your family if you are all ready to take on those challenges.
Aside from the resistance that you may get within your family, the real number of critics can be found within your community or even among friends who are not well-informed about homeschooling. No matter how hard you try to educate them about this new learning process, there will always be someone who has something to say. Sometimes it is easier and much more fulfilling to get into a debate and defend your decision than to just turn a blind eye. However, these instances can only do more harm than good. So, with all the critics scattered everywhere, are you prepared to handle the negativity and criticisms? Can you ignore unpleasant comments and just focus your energy on more important things?
Another issue that may arise once you start homeschooling is the flexibility of your family. How flexible is your family? Actually, this question is not only applicable in this scenario. It applies to almost anything. Life in general is very unpredictable. It can throw you a curve ball when you least expect it. During these times, you and your family must be flexible enough to adapt to the unexpected changes. No matter how well you plan something, you must always have a back up plan. You must always leave some room for error or minor disruptions. For example, you have cooked up a perfect plan to cover all lessons in three week’s time. However, your kid got the flu and was ill for a week. No matter what you do and no matter how hard you try, you cannot get those days back. So, for the next set of lessons, instead of setting the expectation that everything will be covered in three weeks, take into consideration all factors at play. Provide some leeway and set it for a month. It is better to live up to what you have promised instead of coming up short.
These are some of the major questions that you must be prepared to answer before starting homeschooling. Aside from those mentioned, there are other things that must be taken into consideration if you are trying to cover all your bases before starting your new learning process. Below is a list of questions that may apply to your family and may contribute to the success of your homeschooling.