So, this week we’ve covered many of the things I’d consider essentials in homeschooling – especially to a new homeschooling family.
I’m calling today’s post “Never Stop Learning” because, honestly, that’s the base of it all. Learning. And I’m not talking about the kids. I’m talking about us. The teacher. WE have so much we need to learn as we walk this journey.
1. We need to learn patience.
Ok, so we may never get there. In all likelihood, we won’t ever succeed as being the patient-filled parent we want to be, but in order to be a successful homeschooling parent – it should be something we strive for. Let’s face it – we are literally with our kids all the time. That means that we are teacher, parent, supervisor, counselor, entertainer, chauffeur, chef….. well, you get the picture. Being together that much can lead to periods of friction. And trust me, your kids know exactly how to push your buttons and push they shall. Patience is a skill that we, as the parent should aim to have. It’s hard for everyone when there’s tension in the home.
2. We need to learn to ignore the voices of opposition.
You know the ones. The voices we hear inside and out that question our plans and tell us what we’re doing wrong, that fill us with self-doubt and uncertainty. It is really, REALLY hard when you are new to homeschooling and have someone (especially when it’s a close friend or family member) think what you are doing is wrong. You need to learn to ignore those voices. Stand up for what you are doing. Remember day 1 when I told you to write down those reasons for homeschooling? When those voices get too loud to fight off – that’s the time to look at them again. Refresh yourself on the roots of your homeschool and standfast. You started on this journey with purpose – don’t let yourself or anyone else take that away from you.
3. We need to learn to listen.
One of the most amazing gifts that homeschooling can offer is the opportunity to have a constant communication with our kids. The hard part is the we have to remember to actually listen to what they are sharing with us. Open communication is the key to a loving, lasting relationship. Hear your kids’ hearts. PLUS – we need to learn to listen to advice and suggestions from the people we respect and admire in our homeschooling community. Feedback should be welcome (even if we have to filter it through our own personal experience and knowledge.). You never know how it could positively impact your life/family/schooling.
4. We need to learn how our children learn.
One thing you will hear a lot about is “learning styles.” Typically these are broken down into 3 main categories:
- Auditory (Listening)
- Visual (Sight)
- Kinesthetic (Action)
Most people are dominant in one area, or an interesting balance of two. Figuring out how you child learns most effectively means that you can help them succeed in anything you try to teach them. Don’t be afraid to try many different things while you try to understand your child’s best method – and don’t be afraid to stretch the weaker learning styles too.
5. We need to learn to love learning.
Guess what? If you love something, your kids will pick up on that. If you have a passion for learning, they are going to get that excitement and interest from you. It’s far too easy to feel that we’ve been there, done that with our own school experiences. But, as homeschoolers, we get it learn it all over again with our kids. Honestly, it’s amazing how much I’ve been able to relearn and refresh in my own knowledge just by teaching it to my kids. Build that love of learning, and get them excited to learn along with you.
6. We need to learn to relax, have fun, and enjoy the journey.
I understand. Homeschooling can be overwhelming. There’s so much to… well.. learn and do. But one of the most important things we need to learn is just how to enjoy the journey. Laugh lots. Take time to build relationships with our kids. Relax. They will learn what they need to learn. You can do this. 🙂