Introducing "Help for the Hesitant Homeschooler"
It's happening just like it does every year about this time. Stores are replacing bathing suits with polos and khakis. Endcaps on aisles fill with pencils, erasers, and folders. The back-to-school season is upon us.
This year, back-to-school has a very different vibe. Instead of a mix of excitement at the year ahead and wistfulness for the last few weeks of summer, most of the parents and teachers I know are experiencing a mix of confusion, anxiety, cautious optimism, and maybe a little despair.
COVID 19 has upended our world in so many ways, school being a primary target. With states and school districts still working to figure out a plan for the 2021 school year, many parents who never dreamed of homeschooling are starting to research curriculum and methods to teach their children at home.
Flower farming keeps me busy, but my full-time job is homeschooling my kids. We've been homeschooling for 8 years, and it's been one of the great joys of my life. No, every day is not a picnic or a tea party with perfectly behaved children. There are many an armpit fart during out read-alouds and some days end in tears. But the good days far outweigh the bad.
Dozens of friends have reached out to me in the past few weeks asking for advice, resources, and recommendations as they contemplate homeschooling for the first time. I love discussing homeschooling but quickly realized the requests for individual help were more than I could take on at the moment. So I'm dusting off the blog to be able to share with a wider audience some of the tips, tools, and advice I'm sharing with friends. My hope is to be a small piece of the puzzle encouraging hesitant homeschoolers along this journey.
This post is the beginning of a series called Hope for the Hesitant Homeschooler. Over the next few weeks, I'll be sharing a mix of practical advice and pep talks to help you feel prepared for the coming school year if you choose to keep your children at home this year. It's going to be a weird year, but we can get through it together.