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#1 of 10 Old 08-22-2013, 09:39 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I was all excited about hs this past year. Got my curriculum. Registered for classical conversations. Ready to go. Now that the neighbors and friends are starting public school, I'm so scared! I feel like I made a huge mistake!

I keep thinking, Should I go back to work, Send them to school? (This thought has never occurred to me)

Am I the only one with nerves or who had nerves before they started?!!
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You are not the first and will not be the last.  We unschool contendedly and I still get those nervous bouts of "What Am I Doing Here????"

 

To some extent, you just have to dive in.  As a homeschooler, you are not tied to a particular curriculum or structure that schools are.  If something isn't working, it isn't necessarily homeschooling itself, just the methods and structure.  You have the freedom to choose what works for BOTH you and your kids.  And it will be different than what your hsing and psing friends are doing.  And it might be different from how you will do things in the spring or next year or next week.  Don't worry.  Don't stress needlessly about academic parity, because even schools don't have that perfectly, either (I write "needlessly", because I guarantee you will somewhat anyway--we all do!)

 

Usually good advice for beginners is to start slowly--don't go from summer to 3-5 hours** of hsing overnight.  I don't think sudden transitions are good for parent or child.  Start with one small thing and build on it.

 

Next year, you'll feel a bit better, especially if you are responsive to your family's needs.  And next year when you see a post like this, you will be hopping on and sharing your hard-won advice.

 

**this is actually a *huge* amount of hsing time!  And most lower grades don't need anywhere near that amount!


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My only advice is to be flexible.  Don't get invested into anything (especially curriculum) so heavily that you lose sight of your overall goal.  Be prepared to change, chuck out, and adapt anything that is not working.  Remember to take notes of what is working and spring board from there to fine tune and expand your path.  

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My favourite quote for parents taking the leap into homeschooling:

 

"When we started homeschooling, I felt as though I had tucked a child under each arm
and jumped off a cliff. Imagine my surprise to discover we have wings." ~Maura Seger

 

Jump! Find your wings! The view is amazing!

 

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The best thing about homeschooling is that if something is not working for you, you can change it immediately. And without having to go through a committee. :-)

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Yes!  I have been homeschooling my son since preschool, so 3 years now.  I am so nervous to start this year!  We did awesome last year.  It was a fantastic experience and I am still so nervous. 


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My favourite quote for parents taking the leap into homeschooling:

 

"When we started homeschooling, I felt as though I had tucked a child under each arm
and jumped off a cliff. Imagine my surprise to discover we have wings." ~Maura Seger

 

Jump! Find your wings! The view is amazing!

 

Miranda

This is awesome and so true.  I needed to read that today joy.gif.


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I remember being terrified that I was ruining my children!  Through time and experience you will realize what a wonderful decision you made.  Have fun!!!

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Hmm the way I'd look at it-the way I tend to look at most things, I guess-is that really, what's the worst that can happen? If its not for you-and it might not be-then can you send him to school? Can you send him midyear? We don't really have that option, you see, but if you do, and you are nervous, I'd be thinking of it in those terms. A term at a time, a year at a time.


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I just started home schooling too. In a moment of panic and self doubt, I almost signed my daughter up for the neighborhood school. I got over it. But we are currently adjusting. So everyone's feed back on being able to do it really helps. I'm a teacher for crying out loud but I worry about home schooling my own child even though I have always wanted to do it.

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