I believe that anyone who really wants to can succeed at homschooling but at the same time, it's not for everyone.
No matter what their style: classic, eclectic, unschool, religious, or secular, most of the women I've met (here or at hs programs) are extremely passionate about what they do. You'll do a fine job if hs is your passion. If you're extremely nervous I would recommend volunteering at school. This is our first hs year, but I volunteered in math, writing, reading, special projects, etc., before this. It really boosted my confidence and gave me all sorts of ideas I wouldn't have had on my own.
I do not think it's for everyone. Just like college is not for everyone, having kids is not for everyone and desk jobs are not for everyone, KWIM?
With that said, I think those who choose to homeschool have good days and bad days (or weeks or months). Overall, I personally feel that if there is a long period of time where it's just not working for me or my kids then we will have to seriously evaluate our other options.
As with any parent, I try to find what I think is best for my child.
Now, as a parent educator I would say that your knowledge/education level is not a predictor of your child's ability to learn. You can learn along with them and there are lots of great tools out there to help you.
A strict schedule is not necessary. There are so many ways to do the same thing.
I for one, do not like to do lots of research, which is why I like actual programs. I am not one to sit down on my own and find things for my kids to do...nope, I need tools like Handwriting Without Tears that has an actual plan laid out for me, with actual workbooks and lesson plans. I don't always follow it 100%, I taylor it to my child's ability but I need a plan.
How old are your kids?
Have you considered a program like K12 that is more laid out for you?
I believe anyone can if they have the right material and are willing to sacrifice a lot of free time. It takes patience and emotional strength sometimes. I love teaching, but that's me. I grew up homeschooled and it just feels right. My kids enjoy it and we're done in 3-4 hours.
Quoting PresleynPaisley:Sorry everyone I'm mobile more then I am on my PC. For some reason cafemom wouldn't let me back on with my email and password so I created a new one and switched my girls' names up. Thanks for all responses.
My girls are 6&7. When I think of successful homeschooling I just see a lot of learning and mild mannered kids. I'm laid back in the parenting department and my girls know that. I don't get upset about messes or if they didn't clean up their toys or eat all their veggies etc.
but I'm not "in charge" of their education as far as school. I'm just "mom" and I enjoy that
I am aware of if I failed at homeschooling that they would be behind and I don't want that at all! I don't want my fresh 6 year old not reading fluently til age ten or something.
I hope I answered everyone's questions. I'm mobile and makes it hard to quote
Quoting jen2150:You can learn to love reading. I hated math and science but after 7 years of honeschooling I absolutely love them. Everyone is able to homeschool but not everyone wants to homeschool. Organization and schedules are not the basis of honeschooling. Homeschooling can be made to fit you. The question is really if you want to homeschool. It is ok if you don't. Just stay involved in their education.
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