Homeschooling – the first year

Whether your kids have gone to school somewhere else, or you’re starting to homeschool from the very beginning, adjusting to a homeschooling lifestyle does take some time.   It’s often said that the first year of homeschooling is the most challenging and difficult.

It helps if your kids are happy about being homeschooled.  Younger kids are often more accepting about homeschooling, perhaps because they haven’t experienced much of the public school environment yet.  If you’re pulling your kids out of public school because of substandard academics, you might meet some resistance from them over missing their friends.  A lot varies with the kids and your individual situation.

Choosing a homeschool curriculum for your family may take some research.  Quite often, whatever a family starts homeschooling with has changed by the end of that first year.  The process of trial and error means that what you thought would work well for your kids somehow didn’t live up to your expectations.  Luckily, there are so many different types and formats of curricula out there, with a little patience you’re sure to find something right for you.

It’s also worth mentioning that homeschooling affects the whole family because it really isn’t just a choice of schools, but a way of life.

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