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When You Don't Feel Smart Enough To Homeschool



Insecurity.

It's an ugly thing.

It robs us of confidence, peace, and blessings!

Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of parents decide not to homeschool because of that very reason. Their fear of failure stops them from taking that leap into one of the biggest blessings a family could experience.

It's totally understandable! The last thing we'd ever want to do is fail our children. We don't want to limit them by not helping them reach their fullest potential!

HOWEVER, what if I told you that even if you are weak in some areas, there are a lot of resources that will help you and your child succeed?

"Where there is a will, there is a way." 



Curricula 

Really research curricula choices for your homeschool.

Check out our 2016-2017 curricula choices.

Some programs are very parent-hands on. The parent makes the lesson plans and teaches the children. The parent is present at every moment and is involved in every study.

I have also seen programs that do. it. all! The program will assign the work, teach the lessons, and grade the quizzes. All the parent needs to do is make sure that the child does the work and answers any questions that the child has.

Old photo, but he's so cute.

I also really love the Charlotte Mason style of teaching. You all have heard me say it a million times, Charlotte Mason is AWESOME! Basically, if you can read, you can teach.

Charlotte Mason really stressed that a good education comes from QUALITY literature and living books. To find out more, check out my favorite Charlotte Mason website, Simply Charlotte Mason.

Community

Please don't assume that I am one of those "it takes a village" parents.

I ain't.

I believe that the Lord charges parents to be responsible for a child's spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. Period.

With that being said, I think it wise to consider the resources that are offered in your community to educate your child.

The Public Library is a GOLD MINE!! So many books. So many free activities. So much awesomeness. I really hope everyone's library is as amazing as ours. Definitely check out your local library to see what they have going on. Just go up to the front desk and say "Hi! We're homeschoolers and we'd like to see what activities you offer school aged children." Some libraries have programs especially for homeschoolers. Our library has oodles of after school activities. Minecraft club, Lego club, book club, crafts, yoga, story time, guest speakers...I heart our public library.

Another resource to check out would be your Local Co-ops. You can usually find a list of co-ops at your library and your county board of education.

Learning about edible and medicinal wild flowers with our co-op.
 Some co-ops only get together for activities and field trips. Other co-ops have parents teaching lessons in the subjects they are strongest in. Some meet once a week. Others meet once a month.

It's definitely worth your time to look into.

YouTube. I can't tell you how many times YouTube has helped us out.

There have been times when I was really struggling to get a concept across to my child. My teaching style was not mingling with their learning style. Enter YouTube. I typed in their grade and topic (example: 4th grade proper nouns) and up came a slew of videos of songs and lessons. With so many different videos to choose from, we found the video that helped my child understand the concept.

Remember to be really careful with YouTube. When I say you can learn anything on there, I mean you can really learn a n y t h i n g
Know what I'm saying? 
Just be close by when you're kids are searching for stuff on YouTube. It's a jungle out there.

Life skills. It sounds so elementary; a no-brainer, even. Alas, there are so many kids that leave the nest without knowing how to do anything. Teach your child some of the skills that you have. Teach them how to paint a room, how to lay tile, change a tire, clean, do laundry, and cook. Teach them how to grocery shop, balance a checkbook, and read a map. All of these things are a huge part of being an adult and is that not what we are trying to do in our homeschools? Prepare our babies for life?

Teaching the girl to can.


Kids learning about CSA farming.

Lastly, if you succeed in instilling the love of learning in your child, they will go so far. Encourage them to follow their interests. Encourage them to look things up for themselves, to adventure outside, and to read. Read. Read. Read! Not just fun, easy stuff, but books that will provoke thought and curiosity; books that use advanced vocabulary and proper grammar. Have your child look up words in a dictionary when they want to know what a word means. Hand them an encyclopedia when they ask you about a planet. Instilling the love of learning will open more doors to your child's potential than you can imagine.

When your dad's a caver, there's always an adventure around the corner.
My daughter taught herself how to crochet and has sold some of her crafts.

I hope this was helpful and I hope you feel pumped about teaching your babies. Check out my video on YouTube where I talk a little more on this subject.



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