Let the journey begin…
I call homeschooling a journey or an adventure because that is what it truly is. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to homeschooling. Aside from the ones imposed by laws according to your state.
I’m not here to talk about homeschooling styles or curriculum, or even planning. The most important thing I want to share is how easy it is to start homeschooling.
So close your eyes and take a deep breath. Okay? Now clear your mind of all the “stuff” that you think you need to “educate” your keiki (Pronounced: kay_key, meaning child or children). You have been teaching your keiki since birth. It’s naturally ingrained in us to nurture, encourage, and guide them. How else have they come this far?
I’ve put together a quick Homeschooling Starter packet with basic references and worksheets for your convenience. I believe it will help you on your journey!
Aloha and Blessings!
Quick and Easy Tips…
Dream or envision BIG dreams for your homeschool
Just imagine what it would be like to have complete freedom to guide your child through their education. Will it have mostly hands-on activities or will it be more structured? Will you include online platforms, strictly books, or a combination? You see my point?
Have them help you set-up a meal planner and shop for meals
I still do this with my girls. We started by listing all our favorite meals (more so dinners), but we also included breakfast and lunches. This activity alone will help them to understand the simple steps to planning and organizing. It will also help you when you get to the store and they have their lists of groceries to collect. They will also begin to compare and understand budgeting; an important life skill no matters their future professions.
Reach out to Family and Friends
Your homeschooling journey will surely be a family affair. Get everyone involved! I remember talking with not only my husband and children, but the grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins. The more support you have the better off you and your keiki will be. ~ As the saying goes- “It takes a village (for us an island) to raise a child”.
*** Word of advice ~ Do some research first so that you will have some answers to their questions. And believe me they will have questions, but don’t be afraid to say that you don’t know. Knowing is only half of it. The other half is the joy of discovery♥ ***
Start a homeschooling journal ~OR~ Journal about your dreams & goals
Journaling is one of the fastest ways to start processing all the thoughts and information you have whipping through your brain at Cat 5 hurricane speed. Let it out and breath. If you write it down you’ll be able to refer to it later and not stress about trying to remember everything. I really love looking back at my old journals to see how far we’ve come.