Why It’s Crazy to Quit after the First Year

As we approach the end of the homeschooling year for many, I thought about the numbers of first year homeschoolers who are disheartened right now.   Perhaps it just did not go as you planned.   I can remember the end of our first year.   The family ate out for lunch to celebrate, and I was, more than anything else, relieved.   Dad was still happy and supportive, the kids bought into the idea that homeschooling was a good thing, and I had survived the first year with my two new “students” and a newborn baby.    Yet, amidst all the joy and peace, I also remember other, more troubling, thoughts.   I wished I had known about more of the approaches to learning—was I using the best approach for our family?    I wished that I had done a better job of creating learning centers around the house.   I wished that I had taken more advantage of the park, or field trip opportunities, or…And, more than anything, I wished I had someone to answer the age-old question of any homeschooling parent: did we do enough?  My doubts and fears far outweighed my excitement, and it might have been enough to second-guess our decision, except for one nugget of advice I heard at a conference before our first homeschool year:

 

Consider the first year a trial year.   If you don’t, you just might quit.

Read more in my contribution to this week’s edition of Heart of the Matter Online…

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