I read a book in parts and pieces at a book store and liked it so much that I later purchased it. The main premise of the book is that Everything is Figureoutable; the ultimate growth mindset. It is a perfect phrase to be continually testifying to yourself. I say it to myself all the time. Cause, true confessions, life makes it easy to get stuck.
We get stuck with people and circumstances. All.the.time.
And Homeschooling, by its very nature, gives us many, many opportunities to get stuck. Stuck, but good.
Homeschooling is Figureoutable!
Most of us have little-to-no training about child-rearing, education, or even the basics of homemaking or bill paying. Many of us can’t cook in early adulthood, don’t like to clean, and avoid paying bills. But adulthood requires that we figure stuff out. That, or we stay stuck and feel frustrated. Sometimes we stay stuck for a very long time. We think we aren’t good with money. Or we missed the grammar gene. Or we are not creative. We keep ourselves stuck because we don’t believe we have what it takes. Can I get a witness?
The good news about homeschooling and home management is that it is figureoutable. And honestly, once we’ve figured it out, it can be gratifying work: soul-filling and world-changing work.
Don’t Get Stuck
However, if you’ve been thrust into homeschooling, or are trying to do it while working, or brought your kids with an undiagnosed learning difficulty home, getting things figured out can be overwhelming. So, let me help with some basic lists of things you might want to figure out. It’s not exhaustive or personalized; it’s just a starting place. A place to take a stand and feel successful once you’ve figured out a few things so that you can continue gaining skills and so that the next success seems even more attainable.
Things you will need to figure out to homeschool well:
- What is your teaching style?
- How much time do you have to teach, given your other responsibilities?
- What are your kids’ learning styles (to shore up your students’ areas of challenge and to utilize their areas of nature ability)
- What educational pedagogies produce the results you are looking for?
- Is your student gifted, 2E, LD, or at a traditional grade level? The greater the disparity between your student’s ability and areas of challenge, the more easily frustrated they might feel –and that goes back to the figureoutability – but that’s a whole different conversation.
- What is your minimum and maximum budget for books and curriculum?
- What resources do you have for travel and experience-based learning?
- What will you give up to homeschool? Time, money, resources, a career, advancement, etc.?
- Where in your house (or out of it) will you homeschool?
- What storage areas do you have available to house homeschooling supplies such as books, curriculum, writing utensils, computers, printers, etc.?
- What will be your basic schedule?
- What is your goal for homeschooling?
- What is your strategy for accomplishing your homeschooling goal?
- Which parent will be primarily responsible for homeschooling?
- Who will you homeschool with? A co-op, in-person classes, online programs, a hybrid, or UMS?
- What unique resources do you bring to the table as you homeschool? Are you an RV family? Do you own your own business, travel extensively, or is Grandma available to take one or more of the kids regularly?
- What will free time look like for your kids?
- What will your morning and evening routines consist of?
- How will the homeschooling day begin?
- How will the homeschooling day end?
- How will you manage electronics in your home?
- How will you know if homeschooling is a success?
- Will you homeschool all of your kids?
- Will you homeschool them using the same pedagogy and curriculum?
Related things to figure out:
- How will meal planning, shopping, prep, and clean-up be managed?
- How will clothes and laundry be managed- gathering, sorting, washing, drying, folding, and putting clothes away?
- How will schedules be managed? This becomes more important to figure out as the parent(s) have more outside responsibilities like jobs or caring for an elderly relative?
- Who will pay the bills and set the budget for homeschooling expenses, activities, experiences, and travel?
- Who will transport kids to activities, programs, therapies, and the like?
Figuring it All Out
Homeschooling does not have to be complicated. But homeschooling is work. We dedicate time and resources towards it, and like all work, the more we can adequately do the prep work and plan the execution, the more successful we’ll be at meeting our goals and launching our kids.
But don’t worry. What you don’t know currently is figureoutable. And every success you have will lead to another success. Every obstacle overcome is one step closer to your goal. You’ve got this, Momma!
If you’re looking for a community of like-minded homeschoolers headed True North, we’d love to have you join our community! Let us help each other “figure it ALL out” with encouragement and support – plus free training, advice, and resources to help you figure out the challenges you face!
And if you want to read more about homeschool organization and planning, take a look at our resources for Homeschooling 101- Where to Begin and tips for how to Manage My Home & Time or encouragement and resources for families of children with special needs.