When I first considered the idea of homeschooling my kids, I had a lot of doubts. Am I qualified to do this? Will they learn enough from me? Is this what’s best for them? Or will they become societal outcasts requiring years of expensive therapy and an eventual appearance on Dr. Phil? You know, normal mom fears.
Thankfully, our homeschool experience has turned out to be the best thing we could have done for our family. Notice I didn’t say the easiest thing. Here is some of what I learned from our first year of homeschooling discovery. Continue reading
I have many essential tools in my homeschool mom arsenal. An operational Keurig machine, warm pajama pants, and a secret snack stash, for example. But there’s one thing I put together about midway through our first homeschooling year that’s been invaluable: our homeschool morning basket.
One thing I learned quickly as a new homeschooler was the importance of a morning routine. Starting the day together talking about the calendar, the weather, and some of our lighter curriculum fare seems to set a positive mood for the rest of our day. It’s like a morning meeting at work without the uncomfortable clothes and people you don’t like.
Since the beginning of our homeschool adventure, I’ve been looking for the perfect history and science curriculums. Every pre-designed, boxed program I found didn’t seem to work for us for various reasons, and I spent our first homeschool year piecing together random lessons from across the internet. We still learned some great things that year, but the prep work on my part quickly became overwhelming. I knew we needed something different, but after scouring the web for recommendations I still came up short. Then, during one particularly blessed library trip, I struck gold. I came across the Who Was book series by Scholastic, and our history/science combo curriculum was born.