It’s almost that time. The first day of school is right around the corner? It is time to make the decision to home school or register your child for traditional schooling.
Times have changed and there is a tremendous amount of support and resources for families who have made the decision to homeschool.
I have been in education for over 15 years and I continue to educate myself on new practices for teaching and how children learn. I have taught in many diverse settings and I have worked with children who are exceptional learners and those who are challenged in some areas.
Being a parent of a child with special needs has really taught me how to focus on the big picture when making decisions for my child. How will this benefit her in the long run. I do take into account the things she needs now, but when being faced with the decision to enter her into traditional schooling or homeschool her, it was simple for me.
I watched the progress my child made when preparing her for kindergarten and I knew that she needed more.
- She needed more one on one.
- She needed her own space to grow.
- She was not ready for a long structured day.
- She needed more discipline.
- Her fear of crowds needed more attention.
- Her ability to be independent needed more time to develop.
- She just needed more time.
I thought about all these things, but I did not want to hold her back another year before starting kindergarten so I made the choice to homeschool her and prepare her for 1st grade.
When making that decision, I made that decision knowing that I would need to quit my job as a pre-k teacher and give this 100%. I have homeschooled my other children for preschool, kindergarten, and 1st and 2nd grade. I made these decisions based on their needs. Some families choose to homeschool their children for all of their school years, but I know that is not realistic for my family.
So the next step is preparing for this journey, that I love to take with my children. Not only does it give me an opportunity to teach them at their pace, it creates a bond that carries on for years. I look at my 21 year old today and I say to myself “wow, she has grown to be one smart cookie, I did ‘t damage her, I played a part in helping her grow.” That makes me feel good, to know I was in a position to do that.
Now I’m sure we all have our reasons for homeschooling, but the most important reason has to be helping your child reach their goals academically, socially, and mentally.
I set goals that are realistic for my family and grow as they grow. I have designed a program that aids in homeschooling your child, if the need is there. It is a resource that’s designed for teaching preschool and kindergarten and it can be altered to fit your child’s level. The release date for Pre-k/Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum will be released in 10 days, just in time for preparing your child and keeping them on track with traditional schooling.
Although my goal is for my child to enter traditional schooling, that may not be the case for others, but this resource is for whatever route you decide to take.