Choosing to bring a new life in this world is a life-changing decision, so is making the decision to homeschool your precious children. There are a lot of similarities in these two processes. Let's explore...
When deciding to have a baby and throughout pregnancy, we read everything we can to learn all aspects of pregnancy and the developing baby. When considering to homeschool, we research and ask questions and read everything we can get our hands on to learn what this would mean for us.
Laurie Bluedorn shares an excerpt from and interview with Raymond S. Moore from 1984 in Homeschool Voices From the Past posted at Trivium Pursuit. Dr. Moore was one of the first authorities I heard from in my own research of homeschooling.
Our research often leads us to ask questions like the one posted by Christine Smith of Digital Scrapbooking Design, "Homeschooling - How am I Qualified?" or "What's your educational philosophy?" by Tammy at Life Without School Blog.
Waiting for the Big Day
Just as in pregnancy, we spend time waiting for the right time to begin homeschooling, either for our children to be ready or for the right time to take them out of school. Then the big day finally arrives and this "new life" begins.
The early weeks in homeschooling can be just as stressful as bringing home a new baby. There are a lot of adjustments to make and new roles to get used to. Joanne writes about how she had to deschool more than her kids when she first took them out of school over at A Day In Our Lives.
Things are finally going smoothly and you are settling into a nice routine. It's finally time to relax with a cup of tea and enjoy this new beginning.
Just when we get comfortable in this nice routine, something comes along to stir things up...colic, illness, teething. Our perfect world is shaken up and we have to work through it to get to the other side.
Patti of All Info About Home Schooling talks about Homeschooling on Difficult Days, days when normal homeschooling is impossible for a while...when there is no time to find the chapters and pull out the worksheets, when a crisis or challenge throws your schedule way off.
One thing new parents tend to do is compare their child to others, either as more advanced or beginning to worry if things aren't quite up to par.
In Homeschool Envy, Lara of The Open Door shares about the constant battle she fights with comparing her homeschool to others. She thought she'd conquered it until she saw a good friend's new schoolroom.
Some home-educating parents believe that homeschooled teens should never show signs of rebellion. As a mom homeschooling her second pair of teenagers, Barbara Frank of The Imperfect Homeschooler disagrees in Rebellious Homeschooler: An Oxymoron?Protection
New parents and homeschool parents are both concerned about protecting their children from disease, illness, accidents and keeping them from harm's way.
In Public Schools Forcing Immunizations? Gena of Home Where They Belong talk about the new Immunization Law in Texas. 12 year old girls are the target, but this immunization program isn't all about prevention. Follow the money trail.Give them the World
Once we have this little life, we fall deeply in love with them and will do practically anything form them…we would give them the world if we could.
Rebecca of Today in Faerie School shares as they continue on their year-long journey with the Nordic peoples by starting the Finnish epic story, The Kalevala, as well as beginning a new project--making ring mail out of pop-tops.
From the day our baby is born, we begin teaching them. Homeschooling is the natural continuation of what we've already been doing.Dewey's Treehouse explains what will happen If you give a mom some library books. What do you think will happen?
In addition to the 3 R's, it's important to share the arts and music and culture with your children.
Unfortunately, there does come a day when we have to send our babies off into the world to fend for themselves. Are they prepared? Have I done my job well?Bookwink presents 19th Century - Video booktalks of historical fiction set in the 19th Century.
Homeschool CPA gives pointers for starting your own business. Consider asking you friends and some of their friends to offer opinions on your product or service. This will help you make connections and find potential customers.~ Beverly
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