As homeschooling gains popularity I find that I am asked the same questions repeatedly, is homeschooling hard?
The simple answer is yes, but that isn’t the end of the story.
If someone asked you, is parenting hard? You would probably say yes, but that wouldn’t mean you were telling the other person that you regret having kids or think they shouldn’t.
Simple Answers Usually Aren’t Complete
Homeschooling is really an extension of parenting with all the highs and lows that other areas of parenting contain.
This is an ongoing series to give you some insight into our homeschool and to help answer the question, is homeschooling hard?
My longer answer is that yes and no. It can be frustrating and trying and exhausting. It can also be wonderful and uplifting and be so great that you think you are going to burst with joy after your kids reach an accomplishment.
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Planning and Organization
Guys, the planning is intense! I was a classroom teacher for over a decade before starting to homeschool and well it was still a challenge. Now part of it had to do with my classroom teacher mindset and the other part was just stumbling at first. I’ve adapted lots of strategies and managed to get access to some great resources to learn to make it work better for me.
Guys, I was not prepared for the amount of materials. I have seen really impressive curriculum and really NOT impressive over my many years of homeschooling. Just when you think you have found what is working, your kid matures and you need something else.
Over the last few years, I have reviewed several different curriculums and programs marketed to homeschoolers.