Moving a kid from public school to homeschool

December 9th, 2016

Is your child going from public school to homeschool? For whatever reason you may be transitioning, there are lots of ways to make the transition easier on him or her.

I try to plan regular meetings that my kids can count on. We also have random playdates and activities with friends, but I find having a regularly scheduled time as well. My kids know that on Wednesdays they will see a certain group of friends. Also, they’re involved in several activities with other kids like scouts, 4H, sports, church groups etc There is a definite shift in the first year of homeschooling and it will take time to adjust.

There were two other comments that I found extremely helpful.

The first one:

My daughter attended K-1 at a private school. You know how at the beginning of the summer they are really annoying for a week or two as they go from being busy and stimulated and surrounded by friends all day to a quieter summer pace? It’s like that. And then they settle into their new normal.

We lived in a large metro area with a great inclusive hs group with so many local activities we had to be picky which ones to join because otherwise, we’d get no work done.

Then we moved to a smaller town and we were almost the only homeschoolers in town (the one other was about to graduate their last). By then the kids were old enough to make friends in the neighborhood. That’s what they did, and like other kids played in the afternoon. But unlike the other kids, didn’t have homework to do in the evening.

Oldest two have graduated and are well-adjusted.

And the second comment:

Recently one of our friends found that while their child was lamenting “missing out” when defined they missed the lunch line. And often it is recess. Daily recess like activity is harder to reproduce since we lack a sufficient amount of children.

I really enjoy the use of pro/con lists for these moments. It helps me to see what my child values and what he’s missing or views as a cost. And it gives us starting points for further discussion on solutions and changes that need to be made.

As for your question on can they get used to it. Yes of course children can get used to just about anything. Question for you both is do the benefits (pros) outweigh the costs (cons). We’re fairly open about the fact that there are costs to any educational choice. We are fortunate to have close friends and family in a variety of educational choices which lets my kids see that in action. So far in all of our evaluations of our personal educational choice we have collectively decided that the benefits are still worth the child identified costs. If that changed we’d adjust.

The Best Homeschooling Book For Beginngers

November 15th, 2016

There are so many great resources out there for getting started homeschooling. The first book I ever purchased for homeschooling was Start Homeschooling Now. Definitely worth it, although the author has been inactive for a while.

The other books that I used to get started were recommended by Homeschool Base. This article outlines quite a few great books: Books For New Homeschool Moms.

It’s hard to argue that the Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling isn’t worth reading. It’s all in the name, folks.

Another book, completely unrelated, is: 7 Tools for Cultivating Your Child’s Potential by Zan Tyler– this book not only changed our homeschool, but changed my parenting in general.

And, don’t forget an all-time classic: The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise — I can’t help it, I refer to this book all the time.

I am not the most experienced homeschooler, but I’m also not a ‘noob’ as they sometimes say. I’ll try to update this post as I grow wiser and older (yikes). I do think that I’m at the stage in my journey where I can recommend some starter books.

Leave a comment with your recommendations! (I say this knowing I have only a small, small following at this point.)

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