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Accidentally Homeschooling

Accidentally Homeschooling Memphis Moms Blog Jeanie WhinghterWhen I tell folks that I Homeschool my kiddos, I usually get one of two responses:

  1. Bless your heart, I could never do THAT.
  2. I’m thinking of doing that, but ALL. THESE. QUESTIONS…

Trust me, Mama, I never thought I’d be Homeschooling. I thought it was something reserved for Certifiably-Crazy-Vigilante-Hyper-Organized-Save-the-World-We’re-Better-Than-You type people (TRANSLATION: NOT me). I was really looking forward to my kids starting “regular school.” After all, I had Mom Goals like perfecting Kardashian-style contouring, peeing alone and strolling through Target with a latte. For hours.

But a funny thing happened after Preschool. I put on my Big Girl Panties and did something really, really brave. I started Homeschooling.

I know. It’s CRAZY. I tried to talk myself out of it a zillion times. I was 100% convinced that I’d screw up my kids for LIFE.

Naturally, I questioned every Homeschooling family I could find. I was on a mission to find an excuse to not Homeschool. And I failed. As it turns out, Homeschoolers weren’t at all what I thought they were.  They weren’t socially awkward weirdos. They didn’t believe they were superior. They were totally normal. In fact, they reminded me of my own family.

So, I jumped in to the Homeschooling world and haven’t looked back. I love the flexibility of it all, which allows us to learn on the fly. At a desk. In the park. At the beach. In the swagger wagon (aka: minivan). Frankly, the thought of Homeschooling is still overwhelming, so my philosophy is simply to do it until it doesn’t work.

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Hands down, biggest perk of Homeschooling right here, folks.

Here’s the quick and dirty on what helped me.  {Just in case you’re thinking about dusting off your Big Girl Panties, too}

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Curriculum is like swimwear. What fits your friend might not compliment you. Find YOUR fit.

Homeschooling is all about fit – getting started is the hardest part. You might even screw up (confession: we all have!).

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HOMESCHOOL TRUTH # 89462: We all mess up. Even when we have no idea what we did.

Who knows? You might just find yourself accidentally homeschooling, Bless Your Heart.

 

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4 Responses to Accidentally Homeschooling

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    Linda McMullen April 29, 2016 at 4:43 PM #

    Made me giggle as a mom and grandma, especially at the last photo. Great article!

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    Anita April 30, 2016 at 10:05 AM #

    Great intro!

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    Tommie May 2, 2016 at 7:47 PM #

    🙂 I didn’t accidentally start homeschooling back in 1997, it was with real intent to rescue my children who were about to fall through public school cracks. The resources and recommendations you list are great. I would add the book, The Way They Learn by Cynthia Tobias. It was an eye opener to me and I’ve constantly referred back to what I learned from it. An additional note would be that different states have different requirements. Know your state’s laws. For example, Mississippi does not require an umbrella school, a certain number of education hours or subjects, or a particular school calendar. 19 years and counting……

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      Jeanie Whinghter May 11, 2016 at 12:27 PM #

      Thanks for sharing these tips, Tommie! These are great in helping folks get started with the sometimes daunting world of homeschooling. It is very encouraging to read that you’ve made it 19 years (and counting)! What did you find most challenging?