Educating children at home can seem like a daunting task. It’s hard to know even where to begin. There are so many different methods and philosophies of homeschooling that it can be overwhelming. Of course, the proponents of each method and philosophy believe theirs is the best method, otherwise they would be following a different methodology and philosophy, at least most would.
Since I’ve entitled this post with “Where to Begin, ” I am going to attempt to cover the very first things to do.
First and foremost, PRAY about it. Actually, this is what all parents should do concerning their children’s education, even if they think they are putting them into a school-any school. Pray about how would God have you educate your children. This is something that should be discussed between couples before they even get married, but do not fear if you didn’t think of this. No worries. You can pray about it and talk to your spouse about it now. It’s never too late . . . okay, maybe if your child is a senior in high school, then it is probably too late. Ask God to lead you to the people and resources He wants you to have and use.
Now, I’m glad He’s led you here.
The next thing you should do is write down all the reasons that you believe you should home educate your child(ren). This is important because there will be a time, somewhere in the future, where you will need to pull this piece of paper out and remind yourself just why you are doing this again. I have shared the reasons I homeschooled my children in this post, if you are interested.
The first book I recommend you read is Pocketful of Pinecones by Karen Andreola. Well, the complete title is Pocketful of Pinecones: Nature Study with the Gentle Art of Learning. This book will ease you into learning about what homeschooling can look like. It is a story rather than just a bunch of information thrown at you. It is set in the 1930’s but still has truths and examples that can be applicable to life today.
After reading this, you can move on to the much denser but still enjoyable A Charlotte Mason Companion, also by Karen Andreola. This book shares much more about the Charlotte Mason philosophy and methodology. Do take your time reading this one. There is so much information in it that if you rush through it you will miss valuable bits along the way. Of course, you could devour it quickly and then go back and read it more thoroughly a second time.
When I got this one from the library the first time, it took me a long time to read it. I wanted to thoroughly grasp what was being shared. Eventually it had to be returned to the library. There was so much information in it that I actually took notes so that I wouldn’t forget it all.
This is enough to get you started. I’ll share some more next week.
Until then, God bless,