Feeling Unprepared to a Successful Homeschool Journey

We hadn’t planned on being a homeschooling family.

And when our daughter went from public school to home school, I wasn’t prepared.

Our daughter attended public school for five weeks.

If you missed the previous post, you might want to read You Know your Child Best.

I felt unprepared because:

  •  I wasn’t a teacher.
  •  I didn’t have all the answers.
  • I didn’t know how it would all turn out.

But guess what?

After 14 15 years of homeschooling successfully, I can say with confidence that:

  • You don’t need a teaching certificate to teach your child.
  • You don’t need all the answers before you get started.
  • You don’t need to be able to see into the future to homeschool successfully.

Even though I felt unprepared,
once the decision was made to pull our daughter out of public school and we began homeschooling,
I felt a sense of peace.

And I believe this peace was the result many prayers before making this important decision.

After making the important decision to homeschool our daughter, I went searching for information on homeschooling. I searched for answers to questions that I didn’t even know I had.

I searched in the library (this was way back when in 2003) and found a handful of books about homeschooling in our local library in the “best school district in the county”.

But I found something more helpful than books at the library.

I found other homeschool families in the library during school hours.

And these homeschool moms were eager to talk to me and gladly answered all my questions about homeschooling. All of them encouraged me. And even a few invited me into their homes and gave me a glimpse into their world of homeschooling.

Today thanks to the internet, we have countless homeschooling resources available to us.

With all these resources available to you, you too can homeschool successfully. You can do this even if you’re not a teacher. Even if you don’t have all the answers today. And even when you can’t see the end of the journey.

All you have to do to homeschool successfully is:

  • be willing to research and learn along the way;
  • find other helpful homeschool moms who are ahead of you on this journey; and
  • keep your eyes open for resources online, in books, and from others.

If this is your first year homeschooling,
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4 thoughts on “Feeling Unprepared to a Successful Homeschool Journey

  1. Robin, you have done homeschooling better than I imagine anyone could! You have provided your children an exceptional education and a thirst for learning. What a great mentor you will be to other parents who venture into homeschooling.

    • Thank you so much for these kind and supportive words. Once again, I am leaping out in faith and trusting God to supply me the stepping stones to help other homeschoolers.

  2. This is why I look up to you, cousin! You home schooled and raised two brilliant and compassionate kids, and they only continue to mature and blossom every time I see them.

    I love and miss y’all!
    Lesley

    P.S. – If you wanted to read some light non-fiction, Felicia Day (famous for nerdy, video game culture) wrote an autobiography about her life being homeschooled, among other things. She didn’t have a mom like you, but it’s definitely an interesting read about life experience, knowledge and embracing who you are; it’s called “You’re Never Weird on the Internet.”

    • With your educational background and intelligence, your acknowledgement of what homeschooling can do speaks volumes. Love you too, cousin!

      Thanks for the book suggestion. Hayden and I are finishing up British literature and I could use a light read 🙂

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