My #1 Piece of Advice to Homeschool Moms

I have 6 kids, and have been homeschooling them since 1991. September 1991 we started kindergarten with my oldest.

Since then, four of our kids have graduated from our homeschool. Of the two students I have left, one has to finish the subjects she is in, then complete Consumer Math, and she will have all her credits to graduate. My youngest has one subject to finish, then he will be in 9th grade.

So I have a lot of experience homeschooling. And  now, I’m going to share my #1 piece of advice to homeschool moms.

My #1 Piece of Advice to Homeschool Moms

 

My #1 Piece of Advice to Homeschool Moms

 

Are you ready for it? Here it is!

 

Relax!

 

Yes, that one word is my #1 piece of advice to homeschool moms. Really. Here are just a few examples of what I mean when I say relax.

 

Relax. Make learning fun for your young elementary ages kids.  It’s ok if your kid doesn’t learn how to read until they are 10. Or doesn’t memorize the times table until they are 12. The list could go on and on. It really is ok to relax and let your student learn at their own pace.

 

Relax. It’s ok if your middle school and high school students don’t play every sport or join every homeschool club or co-op you can find. It’s ok to let them pick only one sport or one club.  It’s even ok if your student doesn’t want to play sports or join any club at all!

 

Relax. There will be gaps. I have heard so many times over our homeschooling years about gaps in homeschool students learning. Guess what? No matter where you go to school, no matter how hard the homeschool teacher and classroom setting teacher try, there will be gaps in a student’s learning! It is not humanly possible to learn everything there is to learn in 12 years of schooling.

You know what? College graduates will have gaps in their learning, too! It is also not humanly possible to learn everything there is to learn in the world in four years of college. If your students don’t like and study British Literature, they will still be ok. If your students don’t learn Greek Mythology, they will still be ok. Relax. Let your high school students follow their interests. Let them study what they are passionate about. No, I’m not saying they can skip the core subjects they need to graduate. Those are mandatory. But let them have a say in what they are studying. And definitely let them choose their own electives. Learning can be, and should be, still fun in high school.

 

So that is my #1 piece of advice to homeschool moms. Relax.

 

 

 

 

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