Kim Kimble of the Hudson Valley, NY, in “What I Wish Someone Had Told Me at the Beginning”, sets out virtually everything a new-to-homeschooling parent might need to know.
What I Wish Someone Had Told Me At The Beginning
by Kim Kimble
When I first began home educating nearly 20 years ago I was very nervous. In part, this fear was because everyone was always so positive about home education that I sometimes felt like I was buying snake oil. I searched for the negatives and couldn’t find anyone to talk about them (well, other than the NEA, whom I didn’t trust anyway). This is — in as honest a form as I can say it — what I wish someone had told me. My advice to new homeschoolers is as follows, take from it what makes sense for your family and leave the rest.
1. Relax, have fun, enjoy each other. This is my one mandatory suggestion.
2. Be a facilitator. I make an effort not to be a teacher. Instead, I try to facilitate learning by providing resources, opportunities, information, materials, and sometimes suggestions. I also try to mentor, but I have been most successful when I have arranged for others to mentor my children on specific topics.