• Janet Ornelas

How Easy or How Hard is it to Home School? | Home School Q & A Series

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

How easy or how hard is it to home school? This is such a good question! It depends on you, your family, and your lifestyle.


Let's start with you: It will be hard if you don’t believe you are CAPABLE of educating your child. You must believe. This doesn’t mean having everything figured about homeschooling. It means that if you don’t know something you are going to figure it out.


When you became a mom, you didn’t know how to be one, but you were determined to figure it out, right?


And you were determined to know because you wanted and still want to be the best and provide the best for your child.


Give yourself credit. If your child is older, you’ve helped your child learn how to crawl, walk, feed, brush their teeth, potty trained them, dress them, etc. Even before they could do those things for themselves you did it for them. You were their first teacher.


Teaching them educational subjects are no different. There are so many resources available to the public and a lot of these resources are being used by teachers at schools.




For example, when my daughter and I did homework together and she didn’t get something, and I didn’t know how to explain it to her. I used my good old friend google and searched for something that could help my daughter understand her assignment. Most likely I would show her a YouTube video and she’ll tell me, “oh my teacher showed us that in school.” (I don’t know about you but all my life I thought teachers had this exclusive, hidden, top-notch secret education curriculum, supplies, material, etc that was only available to teachers and schools). That is not true!


Let me give you another example, my friend who has her kids in a private school shared the name of the curriculum that they are using and again I used my good old friend Google and searched it and found out that they also provide that curriculum to home school families for fraction of the cost of what I assume she’s paying for their education!


There are curriculum available that give you everything you need to teach your child. Some curriculum have a script you can use to read off to your child to teach them. You have your own parent-teacher manual that explains it to you so you can explain it to them.


YOUR Family | YOUR Lifestyle: Why? Why do you want to home school? Are you curious? Do you feel called to do so? Figure out your why and pray about it.


For me a lot of factors came into play. Since my daughter was born, I knew I wanted to give her the best education. I didn’t worry about how much it would cost because I thought that by the time she entered school I would have my finances right. I was so wrong. By age 2 I was searching and calling asking how much was the tuition? The best schools or so I thought, were in the $10,000/year range for Kindergarten. I was like heck no!


But I really wanted a Christ-Centered education. I settled for less. And then I met a real life home school family. And I fell in love, I prayed about homeschooling and built my faith some more.

My desire to home school just kept growing and growing. I finally took a leap of faith and talked it over with my husband and created a plan to do it. We changed our lifestyle to accommodate homeschooling.


It all depends on you, your family and lifestyle. My children, my family, are different from yours but the desire to give the best education to our children is the same.


If you decide to home school know that at first there will be challenges but it’s not anything you can’t overcome. And if you decide to go the traditional route don’t feel guilty or less of a mom. You are still wanting to give your child the best education. You will need to work together with your child’s teacher instead.


RESOURCES:


Faith building exercises that helped me were:

https://www.idisciple.org/post/an-excellent-and-noble-woman

Any growth plan on the iDisciple app https://www.idisciple.org/feed


Curriculum:

Early Learning Preschool: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/early-learning-preschool

Full Curriculum/online:

https://www.abeka.com/abekaacademy/

https://www.logicofenglish.com/foundations

https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/phonics-reading-programs/foundations-logic-of-english-levels-ad

Math: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/math/math-prek-k

Phonics and Reading: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/phonics-reading/phonics-reading-programs

Science: https://cathyduffyreviews.com/homeschool-reviews-core-curricula/science/science-unit-studies


Home school Podcasts for encouragement and tips:

https://www.learningmama.com/ultimate-guide-homeschool-podcasts/


YouTube Channels:


https://www.youtube.com/user/storybots

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLsooMJoIpl_7ux2jvdPB-Q

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_qs3c0ehDvZkbiEbOj6Drg

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDBQdJsUA9i8Had_jXCP0bg

https://www.youtube.com/user/ScratchGarden

https://www.youtube.com/user/smithsonianchannel/videos


Local Library

Stem Kits, books, DVDS, puzzles, tablets, etc.


Pinterest

Search home school


Unit Studies:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/

https://thisreadingmama.com/unit-studies-k-2-learners/


This is just a starter list. Just to get you started on building your confidence. If you know of any more please add them to the comments below. Thank you!

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