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How to homeschool and where to start

 

 There is no right or wrong way to start homeschooling.  Sometimes families have had the time to think about the decision ahead of time, do research and plan out what they would like.  Sometimes though, families find themselves thrown into homeschooling due to life circumstances, kids needs, or other imminent circumstances.  But either way, I’m sure you’ve asked yourself at some point… Are you really ready to start homeschooling?  We’re going to look at how to homeschool and where to start in this series of blog posts.

 

Are you really ready to start homeschooling? Want to know how to homeschool and where to start? Come take a look at how families enter the world of homeschooling, encouragement for the new family and a little bit of how we entered the world of homeschooling.

 

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My Family’s Journey Towards Homeschooling

 

When we first started considering homeschooling, it was just something we talked about in generic terms.  We toyed with the idea as our oldest son struggled in school with fitting in and getting his needs met in classrooms that were very full and understaffed.

We had just finished up a rough year at a local public school.  He’d had a teacher that was not a good fit for us.  Despite trying to connect with the teacher on a regular basis, the communication was just not there.  I was so glad when the year ended.

 

Then the new year started.  

 

New school years were always hard.  My son would get anxious several weeks before school would start, not knowing what class he would be in, what kids he would be with, what teacher he would have.  I dreaded this time of year because it was always so hard on him.

This year, we made it to the end of the summer without any anxious tears.  We even got to the first day of school without any tears.  The school was buzzing when we arrived.  There was tension and anxiety in the air and I knew something was up.  

Over the summer, without any involvement of the parents, the school had decided to make every class a split class.  It was a shock, but I wasn’t totally against this.  However, my son’s split class had just over 20 grade 1 students and only a handful of grade 2 students.  The older students were all ones who had been labelled as “disruptive” kids from the year before.  

 

But the worst was still to come; we were with the same teacher again.

 

I approached the principle of the school to request a classroom switch.  I explained the problems that I had with the set up of the classroom and with the teacher we had received.  He looked at me and very nicely told me that there had been a lot of work put into assigning kids to the right classes.  Furthermore, they knew what the best fit was for my child.

I don’t think I have ever been so angry in all my life.  I don’t do well with angry though – I’m a crier.  So I beelined it out of there.  After a good cry and a long discussion with my hubby and parents, we approached a local private school.

 

They happened to have one spot left in his grade.  

 

He attended this school for the full year with all the usual hiccups.  But, come the start of the next school year, life was a mess again.  We had our second son just before the end of the school year.  He turned out to be what Dr. Sears would call a high-needs fussy baby.

Izzy is the most amazing kid, but his first year was rough.  He cried a LOT!  He also barely slept.  

 

So, when the first day of school arrived, we were a mess.  

 

My oldest, T, cried all the way to school. So did my wee one (of our 4 boys only T has not cried every second in the car for the first 12 months).  I left a crying boy at school and drove home with a crying baby.  We didn’t have much time at home before it was time to return for pick-up. (Gotta love those 1/2 days!)

I drove all the way back to school with a crying baby.  Then I picked up T, who had had a miserable first day.  I drove home again with both boys crying.

In that moment, I knew I was done. I couldn't repeat this cycle for the next ten months! Click To Tweet

 

How to homeschool and where to start: A look at how families enter the world of homeschooling, encouragement for the new family and a little bit of how we entered the world of homeschooling.

… into the world of homeschooling.

 

I wasn’t ready.  We hadn’t done any research or preparation.  I didn’t actually even know if it was really legal.  I had a huge learning curve ahead of me.  But I got through it.  I researched, read lots, and found support.  Now I want to share with you what I learned along the way.

I hope I can help make the start of your journey smoother.  There will be a series of posts coming to look at all the steps in getting started with homeschooling.  I’ll also answer some of the most common questions that those considering homeschooling (or who are new) have.

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  • It’s always interesting to hear how other families come to homeschooling. I enjoyed your story! Thanks for sharing!

    • Nadine says:

      Hey Michelle! I totally agree! I love hearing other people’s stories as well. It’s fascinating how different they all are and what brings people in. So much to learn!

  • Michelle says:

    Homeschooling: never easy. Always worth the pain. 🙂

    • Nadine says:

      I totally agree Michelle! Definitely not easy but I would not trade it for the world!!! I couldn’t imagine not being with my kids all day. It would be such a different relationship. I’m grateful that we are able to make the sacrifices to live on one income and homeschool them 🙂

  • Lisa says:

    I never considered homeschooling, even though I work/stay at home. That was a major choice in itself but school was always that constant. Then my oldest hit 3 grade and started having problems. It was a language issue at the beginning (english quebec schools has a mandatory french curriculum) and the teacher was very strict and couldn’t understand how an english kid in quebec couldn’t read/write/speak in french. So he had that teacher for 2 years and those were the worst years of my life, because it caused so much stress and my poor child cried a lot and got into fights with teachers and was basically bullied since 3 grade. Now he’s finishing 5 grade with a different teacher, but I’m so tired of the system… there are limited resources for “troubled” kids, and kids still bully and HE gets in trouble instead of the bully. So I’ve decided to homeschool for grade 6. My child has expressed so much relief and is excited about learning at home. I just don’t want to spend thousands to get the education he needs, so if you have any suggestions about free or low cost curriculums that would be great. Thanks, I really needed to get that off my chest. It’s still a taboo here to homeschool so I’m keeping it low profile for now!

    • Nadine says:

      Hey Lisa! Wow, what a rough road your little guy has had. Good on you for taking the leap to homeschooling. It can be a challenging transition but when he is that excited about the change it makes it that much easier. I have a facebook group called Homeschool Curriculum 101 if you’d like to join. There are lots of new and experienced moms (and some dads) there to answer questions, make suggestions and help with curriculum and resource suggestions. I hope you’ll keep in touch and let me know how things are going.

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