We are in our 4th year of homeschooling. I believe it’s beginning to get easier now that we’ve gotten through those beginning bumps and hurdles. I’m glad we hung in there and stuck with it this far. At this point I’m seeing all the benefits of it and love the progress we’ve seen in our son. He is truly expressing a love of learning and does a lot of it on his own.
I love doing lots of research on things near and dear to my heart or something I desire to know more about. Each time a new year of study begins for us I research the many methods and ways of homeschooling. We’re eclectic so it fits for me to keep learning about the different ways to go about educating our son. The more I understand the better I’m able to tap into things we never considered before. It helps me relax more and helps my son get feel for different types of learning.
I remember as a new homeschooling mom I had so many questions. I would Google “how to homeschool” and such so I could better understand it. I went to the library and asked the librarian where I could find information on homeschooling. She showed me a section they had on books about it as well as information on curriculum. I remember seeing one book sitting on the shelf called “Homeschooling for Dummies”. I’ve seen lots of “For Dummies” books but never read any. I saw this one and thought it couldn’t hurt to read it. Now I can only speak for myself but reading it opened my eyes and helped me have confidence in my ability to step out and do this. It helped me more in that early stage because searching the web was overwhelming me. Of course now I don’t get overwhelmed when doing searches because I know exactly what I’m looking for.
I was sitting around thinking the other day “why not not compile a list of homeschooling styles, methods, and philosophies for other new homeschoolers (and those who’ve been at it a while) who happen to stop by and read my blog". There are so many sites out there so here’s what I found…
For general list of homeschooling types check these out:
Here’s some more links for different styles or methods:
Traditional (Text/Workbook learning)
Virtual/Cyber School (actually public school at home rather than homeschooling)
If anyone else knows of more links I could add and would like to contribute to growing this list with me please feel free to leave and comment with links. Together let’s help others who are overwhelmed; ease their confusion, doubts, and fears. I really would appreciate it and thank you :-)