Homeschool: Shifting Thinking

From schedules to curriculum, outdoor play to field trips. . . Homeschooling has taught us to think about things differently!

One of the very first things we did was to take time off from learning.

We just played. Explored more.

This helped us shift to thinking about how homeschool would look different than traditional school.

We started school later than everyone, and we ended up unintentionally taking a month break. . . at the beginning of the year. We continued school throughout most of the next year, as a year-round school year. At most, each kid spent 2-3 hrs of intentional learning each day.

Our first year was definitely anything but traditional.

How did homeschooling look different than you expected?

Why we started Homeschool

I was about 18 when I realized that being a stay-at-home mom was an option.

I was 21 and student teaching, when I realized that homeschooling can include co-ops.

It was also in student teaching when I knew I didn’t want to be teaching in a public school.

As a Student Teacher, pregnant newlywed. . . All I wanted to do was be a stay at home mom. And I wanted to homeschool my kids.

It took about 7 years for my husband and I to find the same page, when we decided we wanted to travel full time and homeschool.

There are many reasons why I, personally, wanted to homeschool. I may share those at a later time. . . However, there were several things that were important to me, that I wanted us to have as a family.

Things that were important to me:

*Traveling more/field trips

*My kids learning about the world by experiencing the world

*Hands on learning. For my kids to have an environment that nurtures a love of learning. My kids having an environment that nurtures a love of reading.

*Us having a say in our children’s curriculum

*My kids to explore and learn about their interests

*My kids learning the skills they need to fly the nest: Chores, cooking, fixing things, finances, etc. . .

*Learning outdoors/outside free play and exploration

* And many, many, many more reasons.

Why did you start homeschooling? If you’re looking into homeschool, why do you want to homeschool?

Homeschool: Getting Started

Starting homeschool can be a daunting task. Just like any “new” thing you may take on. Wondering where to start? How to start? What will it look like?

For us, we were leaving public school. So, after the disruption of the pandemic. After the transition from being stationary, to traveling full-time. We needed a reset.

We needed to take some time off of “traditional”, to re-frame what learning at home would look like for us.

If you’re like us, and you’re transitioning from public school to homeschool. . . There are many things to do to “get started”:

* Write it down! Write down what you think homeschooling will look like. Write down what you want it to look like. Write down your fears. Write down what you’re excited about. Write down your obstacles. Write down your values. Write down your why.

*Research: Curriculum and State Laws. Different styles of homeschooling. Schedules.

*Find community. Find a mentor.

*Keep the transition conversation flowing with your kids.

*Take a season to play and explore, and to learn naturally, before starting curriculum and schedules. Especially, if your family is transitioning from public/private/charter school to homeschool.

What questions do you have about homeschooling?

It’s 2022

How did that happen, again?

2019- early 2020, I was excited to start writing, again.

Then, the pandemic.

Then, we started traveling, full-time, and homeschooling.

And writing. . . well, that went on the back burner.

And, these past 3 years. . . They’ve been hard, but they have given me SO much!

I’ m excited to start unpacking all of that. To share our journey. To help others.

Resolutions. New Year, New Me. All of that seems heavy to me, this year. I want nothing to do with it.

What are you

But, I do know what I’m looking forward to: continuing our homeschool journey, more trips, enjoying life, sunsets, warm weather, being outdoors, spending time with family and friends, and so much more!

What are you looking forward to?

Rainy Day Activities

Since we are no longer in the “survival mode” of homeschool, we are starting to add more activities in our day.

Lately, my girl has been loving painting.

This week, she painted an egg carton.

The next day, she used pinto beans to transfer from a bowl to the egg carton.

Both painting and this activity are great for fine motors skills.

She’s also learning how to sit still and focus on one activity for longer periods of time.

What are your family’s favorite rainy day activities?