In the last post, I shared how just knowing in your gut that homeschooling is the right choice will lead you to execute the decision.
If you’re thinking about homeschooling but are on the fence about how you’ll manage it all, I offer some tips for easing into this lifestyle.
3 Steps to Preparing for/Testing out the Homeschool Option
1– Lean into homeschooling in the evenings, weekends or holidays. You don’t have to make drastic changes or make bold statements just yet. Test out homeschooling by planning for and then engaging in some activities during your regular family time.
As parents, we technically homeschool from the birth of our child. Take it one step further by planning some formal activities to get your feet wet in the academics. One year before we officially began homeschooling, I worked on one school-like activity 2 to 3 times per week at my son’s level. This allowed me to get to know his needs a little more closely, but it also helped me structure the plans and prep time the following year.
2– Talk to homeschoolers. Ask questions from others who are a few steps ahead. What concerns do you have about homeschooling? What solutions do other families have?
3- Visualize your day. I often talk about how seemingly-simple visualizations can be catalysts for a huge change. When I thought about homeschooling long before we started, I had no concept of how things would pan out with all of my son’s needs. I sat and visualized our entire day–from sunrise to sunset. While there were some gaps, it was in finding solutions that I knew homeschooling was right for us. Today, the solutions to those gaps are what help our days run [somewhat] smoothly.
How will you lean into homeschooling?
- The Benefits of Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs
- Making Unpopular Choices as a Parent of a Child with Special Needs: An Open Letter to Family & Friends
- Homeschooling a Child with Special Needs: An Interview
- When a Parent Just Knows: Making the Decision to Homeschool
I offer a guided audio visualization in my eWorkshop Snap into Action: From Psychological Report to a Yearly Homeschool Plan. Once you have decided to homeschool, use this tool to help you get started organizing your homeschool plans.