If you have contemplated homeschooling but don’t think you can do it, and worry about what to do, I invite you to watch these videos and gain confidence in your ability to do it.
Homeschooling is an adventure. There is a period of anxiety over things like “will I ruin my child?” “Am I doing it right?” There are tons of people homeschooling and more join the ranks every day. The more schools embrace curriculum and programs that parents don’t want for their children, the more this market opens up with new and exciting options to allow parents to homeschool better and provide the education they want for their children.
Homeschooling doesn’t mean you teach everything to your children. At young ages, a lot of learning is about playing games, generating curiosity about the world around you, enjoying stories and learning the basics. As you help your child learn to read, self-study will begin to replace your time and as your child grows, so will his/her independent learning.
These videos below are from past year’s conferences. The first is an introduction on why to consider homeschooling. The next is Gayle Ruzicka, president of the Utah Eagle Forum. For years she homeschooled her children, quite often while they were all at the capitol. Don’t say you can’t be involved and homeschool. Gayle will show you how. Then Connor Boyack will show you one approach to homeschooling based on your children’s interests. He’s published a book on this called “Passion-Based Education.” Essentially an “unschooling” approach to education. Kristen Chevrier will then show you a more traditional approach to homeschooling where you have more fixed curriculum options. Heidi Garvin Hendricks’ presentation is on strength-based learning, and the last presentation is a panel discussion on the topic “Is Homeschooling Right for Me?”
Whatever method you use, there are TONS of resources for you to access online. You don’t have to be a professional, or certified. You just have to love your children and want what’s best for them. I hope many of you will consider this an option for your children. Homeschooling takes commitment, but almost anyone can do it if you are committed.
Get Connor’s new book through this link and select “Agency Based Education” as the charity of your choice.
Kristen runs a website that has a lot of valuable information for homeschoolers. Check it out here: http://homeschoolwise.com/
At our 2017 conference we held a workshop for people “Is Homeschooling right for me?”