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  • Writer's pictureMarguerite Gaspar

How to Start Homeschooling, Remain Calm, and Embrace the Journey

It doesn't need to be a tug of war. You're not standing up to Goliath. You're beginning on the path to educational freedom, curiosity, and life-long learning. Remain calm and embrace the Journey.

Welcome to the exciting world of homeschooling, where learning knows no boundaries, and the journey is as unique as each family embarking on it. Whether you’re new to homeschooling or just considering this educational path, you’ve entered a realm filled with endless possibilities, flexibility, and the chance to cultivate a lifelong love of learning in the comfort of your own home.

One of the greatest advantages of homeschooling is the flexibility it offers. Say goodbye to rigid schedules and hello to tailor-made learning experiences. As a homeschooling family, you have the freedom to create a customized curriculum that aligns with your child’s interests, pace, and learning style. You can move beyond textbooks and traditional methods and explore a wide array of resources, from hands-on activities and educational games to field trips and real-world experiences. Parks, museums, local points of interest, and other nearby hot spots can open a world of learning opportunities for you and your children.

Homeschooling creates a unique opportunity for families to spend quality time together. Learning becomes a shared experience, allowing parents to actively engage in their child’s education, interests, and passions while delighting in their growth and development. The bonds formed while homeschooling can seem magical.

While the homeschooling journey is incredibly rewarding, we all know it is not without challenges and even exhaustion at times. Finding a balance between structure and flexibility, managing time effectively, and addressing different learning needs may become trying. Fortunately, the homeschool community has grown so much that we have many local and online resources to help us get started and stay connected.

The first step to happy homeschooling is making some connections. Consider joining some local and online homeschooling communities. A quick internet search of “homeschool groups near me” will likely surprise you with the number of happenings in your area or online. Facebook groups related to homeschooling, online and local activities, nearby learning centers, and specialty classes being offered are abundantly available. You will be sure to find many opportunities to connect with like-minded families happy to share experiences, ideas, and tips that may enhance your homeschooling adventure and create a network of support and maybe even friends for life.

Remember, the beauty of homeschooling lies in the connections forged, the joy of learning, and the lifelong memories created along the way. Remain calm and embrace the adventure.

Here are a few of our favorite homeschool resources to get you started:

The Homeschool Mom virtually everything about homeschooling packed into one website with over 20 years helping homeschoolers!

HSLDA offers an easy search for homeschool groups in y our area.

Charlotte Mason Motherhood is a unique blog for homeschoolers starting and staying with the Charlotte Mason method. A beautiful, thorough site.

Freedom Homeschooling offers a list of 10 Must Read Homeschool Blogs sure to inspire you.

And, of course, visit our Website here to see curricula and activities recommended by our own homeschooling families.

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