Allow me to let you into a secret: home school fears are something we all have, especially when it comes to worrying about whether we can cope.
Let's start with a cry for help that came up in the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook support group.
N.B. This extract on home school fears is taken from the Courageous Homeschooling Handbook here.
“I'd say the first thing you have to do is stop thinking that you have to teach him. Schools teach...but kids invariably don't learn from teaching. Try to think of yourself as a facilitator, then you're on the right track. Kids learn from finding out for themselves.
Sit down and have a really good talk about what he wants to learn and how he's gonna do it. Take him to the library, show him how to safely surf the net and search YouTube. And don't forget to deschool. Hth.” ~ Rachel
“(I am a qualified teacher) and I am only one out of SO MANY teachers out there that turn to homeschooling to educate their kids instead of sending them to traditional school. And it is so true that you don't need a degree to teach your kids! I don't feel like I'm insulting teachers by saying that or devaluing myself.
I have met teachers with degrees who should not have been teaching plain and simple so that piece of paper meant nothing! I think teaching is an art and I know I don't know everything there is to know about that art even with a degree, but I know how to look stuff up and anyone else who can read and is so inclined can do that too!” ~ Ange
what the school says, not a single teacher has a degree in every
subject! School can be an awful place.... They will likely never
recommend homeschool. But there are loads of resources
from schooling online to creating your own curriculum to even
unschooling. If you have questions, we are here for you!”
“Thank you. I go from being really positive to really scared in the space of a day ha ha. I think its peoples' attitudes that get me. They say how can you teach him if you don't know what to do yourself?” ~ Sharon xx
“I have only been homeschooling my twin 11-year-olds for two weeks. Day one was a nightmare because I enrolled with K12/CAVA and the curriculum as well of the amount of work they expected kids to do in one day was outrageous! I was stressed and they were miserable!! Thankfully I went to a local homeschool park day and the support from other Moms was amazing!!
We are doing the right thing and don't doubt it for one moment!! Our kids are little for a short time. Our job is to make sure they are happy. Everything else will come. The more time they spend with us the better. They are learning by example. Hang in there!!” ~ Yvette
“There's no getting away from the fact that it can be challenging being with the same people day in, day out, but we have found that our relationship with our children is less challenging and filled with more love and joy compared to the war zone it felt like we were living when they were attending school.
We find it's important to make sure there are ways to always have some time to be able to go and be yourself away from the children to do something just for us. It's important to keep your own identity and sanity. Groups and the friendships we have formed over the years also help massively with keeping us sane as we're all in the same boat together." ~ Erika
Having someone to talk to really helps when it comes to home school fears.
That's why I set up the Courageous Homeschooling Facebook support group where no one judges anyone else and we all help and encourage each other. You can join the Post Card exchange, come and have a virtual cup of coffee in the Coffee Club and we even celebrate each other's Birthdays!
Come and JOIN US!
Sheryl from the Courageous Homeschooling group has come up with this idea to help keep your home school fears in check.
When you're a homeschooling Mom it's hard to keep things in balance and recognise all you are achieving. This simple, easy to make DIY Gratitude Jar will really help you value what you have and all you do and change how you feel about yourself.
You can see how to make this lovely gratitude jar here.