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I time warped back 13 years. My oldest daughter was in 2nd grade and I had a preschooler, toddler and newborn. I was anxious and doubtful because I didn't know if I was doing this homeschooling thing “right”.
I felt that I needed to check off the boxes of all those things kids are supposed to learn at that age.
In my heart, I knew that I wanted my kids to learn through play. And explore the things they were interested in. And to use real-life as our training ground.
But, in one short moment, I had an epiphany that changed my life (and my kids' lives). What I realized was …
And Mike & I were able to come up with a 3-point mission statement for our family's home education.
Lots of other homeschool moms answered that question on Facebook as well. They advised their younger selves to…
- Do less book work and more experience based activities in the beginning!
- Relax. You taught them to talk, walk and poop in a toilet. If you can do that you can figure out algebra.
- Become an expert in your kids — how they learn, what they like, what makes them tick. Then help them learn that way. Don't look for a box or curriculum to do that…make it.
- Say yes to the field trips more often, even when it's a logistical challenge!
- Don't stress out. Learning happens when you least expect it.
…and more (You can read all the great advice HERE).
Now, I don't know how far you are on your homeschool journey. Or what your style or method of home education. But, I do know that out of the thousands of people who will read this, these words will encourage at least one of you.
Is that one person you?
Tell me, which bit of advice is touching you? And what advice you would give your younger homeschooling self? Leave a comment below.
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