Is Homeschool Right For Me?

Our Decision to Homeschool

As I was exploring the idea of homeschooling, I realized that I needed to consider a few key things.  I realized that if I was going to make the decision to homeschool, I need to consider the personality of my kid.  Each child is unique and different.  I love the quote from the movie “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.”  Felicity Fox says, “We are all different, but there’s something fantastic about that, isn’t there?”  That’s what separates a good teacher from a great teacher.  A teacher needs to be able to distinguish a child’s strengths and weaknesses and work with them.     

In doing research for our journey into homeschooling I also realized that I need to consider my own personality and my own strengths and weaknesses.  The good thing is that no one knows my child better than I do.  I’m with my children all the time.  I know them.  And I want to know them more.  I want to understand how they think and what their interests are.  I know what my child’s abilities are and so do you.  You know their strongest areas and areas that may be a little more challenging from them as well.  The key is to have confidence in that knowledge to help my kid learn in a way that suits them specifically.

Here are a goals to consider for your kid.  Consider the following questions.

  • What natural talents and abilities is my kid already showing?  For example, some children are naturally compassionate and enjoy doing things for other; others display an interest in discovering how things work.
  • What can I do to encourage these natural talents?  Could I ask my kid to draw pictures or make cookies for an elderly friend or neighbor?  Could I provide building materials, blocks and small gadgets?
  • What areas do I need to help my kid work on?  Does he need self-help skills?  Can she learn to show empathy for others?
  • What are things that I have noticed that help my kid grow and thrive?  Does he need structure, extra sleep, small frequent meals, time alone, or extra snuggle time?
  • How can I create an environment so that my kid is immersed in an environment that encourages learning.

The above list of goals is paraphrased from the book, “The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live”.  It was one of the first books I bought when I was researching my decision to homeschool our kids.  The book is a great overview of the homeschooling process.  The book is full of personal stories and practical advice.  For me, it has been a great entry point into the wonderful world of homeschooling.