Where do I even start when it comes to homeschooling? by Brooklynn McClure

BrookeMcClurePicAs we move closer to the Back to Basics Forum, we will be featuring articles and videos written by our speakers.  Brooklynn McClure will be presenting in our Education track.  Click HERE to see descriptions of her workshops.

Brooke has asked us to share this article with you today …

Where do I even start when it comes to homeschooling?

Short Answer: It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Get a mentor.
2. Study the various educational philosophies and choose which one you’d like to try.
3. Just do it!

Detailed Answer:

1. Get a mentor
A mentor has traversed the path before. They can see farther than you. They know what tests, trials, and traps you will probably encounter and most importantly will know how to coach you out, around, and through them. If you don’t choose to use a mentor the path will be a lot more difficult, you will waste a lot of time, and there is a greater likelihood you will experience failure. If you want to start homeschooling I strongly encourage you to get a mentor…and even more importantly follow what the mentor suggests to you!

2. Study the various educational philosophies and choose which one you’d like to try.
Many people automatically think that the public school method of education is the only or best way to educate. This may not be true for your family. Study as many different educational philosophies as you can and decide which one you think would be the best fit for your family.

Some educational philosophies, philosophers, and models you may choose to study are: the leadership education model as described in Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver Demille, the classical approach espoused by Charlotte Mason, Montessori, John Dewey, compulsory education, un-schooling, etc…

3. Just do it!
The scariest part of a roller coaster is the anticipation and suspense as you slowly “click-click-click” your way to the top of the first hill. However, once that first drop is behind you, the rest of the ride is quite exhilarating and fun. At the end you may even say to yourself, “What was I so afraid of?! That was great fun! In fact, let’s do it again!”

Likewise, the scariest part of homeschooling is the anticipation and suspense leading up to that first day or first trial year. Your mind swims with such questions as: Can I really do this? What if I fail? What if I totally mess up my kids? What if they ask a question I can’t answer? What if my kids turn out weird? The questions are endless! The fear we allow to enter our minds can be destructive and debilitating. (Just as a side note – it is REALLY helpful to have a mentor at this point! They can help coach you through all of these questions!)

If you proceed and don’t “jump off the ride” before the homeschool “ride” even commences, you will find that it is actually very fun, rewarding and not as scary as you had built yourself up to expect. At the end of the first year “ride” you may even catch yourself saying, “What was I so afraid of?! That was great fun! In fact, let’s do it again!”

To find more from Brooke, head on over to her website: www.homeschoolingandme.org

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