You want to homeschool but there’s just one, little problem—you have no idea where to start. You might be tempted to start with picking your curriculum—but WAIT---don’t do it! With about a million options to wade through, it just might take you forever and ain't no mama got time for that. Don't worry, I promise we will come back to curriculum.
Allow me to put on a few of my favorite hats and explain.
As a mommy, I know how important this is to you. And I also know that you might feel just a little bit terrified. But hey, nobody's more of an expert on your child than you. You've got this!
As a spiritual formation coach, I understand that education is not just about the development of the mind, but about the formation of a life. If you're like me, you don't want to just do "school at home"--you want learning to intersect all areas of life—what I lovingly refer to as "wholeschooling.”
As a curriculum and assessment developer, I'm aware that no curriculum is "one-size-fits-all" and that, in fact, some choices could take you away from your goals and rub against the grain of your core values.
As a life coach, I know how much value there is in creating a clear course, a vision for your journey, so you don't dive in only to find yourself overwhelmed and tossed to and fro with the waves.
And as a teacher, I want to help you feel confident in your educational approach and to be free to focus on what's most important so you don't get bogged down in the details.
Confine Yourself to the Boundaries of Freedom
Ok, I'm going to admit something to you. I love checklists. LOVE them. Put a checklist in my hand and I feel like I can conquer just about anything. Some people feel that checklists constrict them, but I believe they do the opposite.
Think of a checklist like a boundary. You are free to do just about whatever you want within the boundary. The purpose of the boundary isn't to tell you what you have to do, but to protect you from wandering into undesired areas, kind of like how some people's smart cars start beeping if they are in danger of hitting another car. (Unless you are my mom and ignore the warning beeps...just kidding mom...but you know it's true).
Back to the topic at hand. One of the first things I did when I started my homeschool consulting business was to make a checklist called "Twenty Steps to Homeschool Success." I didn't want the steps to be so vague and general that there weren't actionable. But I didn't want the steps to be so granular that they became overly-complex and overwhelming. So I put on all my hats, took my experience, training, and research, and came up with 20 clear, easily attainable steps. And guess what? I'm going to share those steps with you over the course of my next few blogs!
Preview: 20 Steps to Homeschool Success
In my next blog, I will go into more detail about these crucial first, two steps and introduce the next few, too. Capturing your vision and values will be like a rudder is to a ship. It steers you in the right direction. Just figuring this out, alone, will cut your curriculum options just about in half! Stay tuned and remember to subscribe if you want to receive some homeschool freebies I'm in the process of preparing for you.