Homeschooling is a very rewarding experience, but can also be very trying and stressful. I believe the rewards far outweigh the negatives, but you’ll need to take a look at your own life when making the decision to homeschool or not.
- Your Schedule: You’ll need to take a look at your schedule and maybe clear a few things out if you’re already overbooked. In addition to the daily lessons, homeschooling also requires time for planning, record keeping and outside activities. It’s not difficult to make homeschooling a part of your daily routine, but it does need to be a priority.
- Your Finances: Most homeschool families live on one income or an income and a half. It is possible to homeschool with both parents working full time, but usually requires creative scheduling and/or the help of other family members. Don’t leave your children home alone, always have an adult there with them. Some states allow for partial teaching by others, but you’ll have to check your state laws on this one.
- Your Household: Homeschooling will add a whole new dimension to your household. You’ll need space for books and supplies, as well as a desk or table to work at. The dining room table generally works fine. Household chores will need to be worked into the schedule, either before or after school work is done.
- Your Commitment: It is best if the whole family is in agreement on homeschooling and some might need time to get used to the idea. Don’t feel like it’s an all or nothing decision. You can commit to it for a year and then reevaluate. Having said that, the first year is the most difficult, so the second year will probably go smoother. It is perfectly okay to put your children back in school or in school for the first time after homeschooling them. Keep good records and the transition should be fine.