Like a lot of families, you may have been thrown into the deep end of homeschooling at the end of the last school year.
It wasn’t your choice, but perhaps, much to your surprise, it wasn’t horrible!
With a new school year looming on the horizon, and the world’s health crisis far from resolved, you may be wondering… should you keep homeschooling, or send your child back to a traditional school?
There are a few things to consider.
Pandemic Negatives Change to Positives
Many families first choose homeschooling as an escape from something negative. Whether that’s a situation where their child was being bullied, not getting the proper educational support, or even in case of a world wide pandemic, homeschooling removes the child from the problem situation and gives them the option to learn from the safety of their home.
However, many families find that although they started homeschooling to escape a difficult situation, they continue to homeschool because of all the positives they gain from that choice.
If you’re reading this article, you’ve probably noticed a few of those positive changes already in your own home. Things like extra time with your child, flexibility in your family’s schedule/routine, and customizing your curriculum choices to suit your child’s needs, to name just a few.
Whatever you’ve gained from homeschooling, you have to ask yourself (and maybe your child too), are you prepared to lose those blessings when you send your child back to school?
Providing Stability During Change
The last few months have shown us all how quickly life can change. The world may seem upside-down as soon as you step foot outside your front door, but within your own home, you have an opportunity to provide a stable, consistent environment, even in the midst of troubling times.
Kids who are returning to school in the fall of 2020 face a long list of new requirements. Face masks, social distancing, and constantly being reminded of the threat of germs could easily wear on a child’s mental health. You know your child best. Do you think your child will take these changes in stride? Or will they become stressed, even depressed, to see a familiar environment like the classroom limited with so many strange new requirements?
Homeschooled students however, can avoid these requirements. One of the things homeschooled kids tend to value most, is the physical comfort they enjoy by learning at home. Wear what you want, snack when you’re hungry, use the restroom whenever you need… these are the norm for the homeschooled child. This year, homeschoolers can add to that list of creature comforts: avoid the distraction of a face mask, get as close to your teacher (parent) and classmates (siblings) as you want, wash your hands on a normal schedule… It’s the simple things! But parents know, little things can make or break their child’s day.
In addition to the changes in health and safety requirements the whole world is facing, maybe your family is experiencing other challenges too. A job loss, an upcoming move, concern for the health of an at-risk family member, these are all things that could bring even more changes to your family during the course of this upcoming school year. In many cases, choosing to homeschool your child will at least allow their education to continue uninterrupted and without significant change during those transitions. And if you also focus on all the positives your family has gained by homeschooling, you can make what could be a stressful time actually enjoyable for everyone in your home.
Control of Your Child’s Education
Have you ever looked at your child’s homework and felt totally confused? What are you supposed to be learning from this activity, why do they have you doing math this way, why don’t you know cursive???
When you homeschool your child, you get to decide what they learn!
If you’ve only been exposed to the curriculum used by the public schools, it may surprise you to find out that there is a whole world of amazing and creative curriculum options out there!
Do you want a creative, unstructured learning experience for your child? There’s a curriculum for that!
Do you want a traditional, classical education, complete with Latin studies and ancient literature? No problem, that exists too!
How about an online comic-book style math program, something more traditional for language arts, and then a hands-on unit study style program for science and social studies? Done!
You can mix and match curriculum, and even grade levels when you homeschool your child, creating a program that’s custom designed to play on their strengths, and provide extra support in any areas where they might be struggling.
Here at thehomeschoolsearch.com you can find all the best curriculum options in one place, where planning and research is simple and streamlined. Then, you can create a free account on our site, and make lists of all the curriculum items you’re considering. Name your lists by child, subject, or even academic year, and refer to them when you’re ready to purchase.
We like to think our site is kind of like if Pinterest and Amazon had a baby, and then decided to homeschool!
We’re here to help, and hope to take the stress out of the curriculum research and planning process.
The best thing about homeschooling is that it is so customizable! From curriculum, to schedule, to set-up… its all about what works for your child and your family!
If you’re considering homeschooling after the pandemic is over, we think you should give it a try! It might be the best thing to come out of a stressful situation, and if you hit any bumps in the road, we’re here to help.
Sign up for your free account at thehomeschoolsearch.com and let us help you get started discovering the best curriculum choices for your child.