Are you a homeschool expert?
By now you are well aware that homeschool and homeschoolers are everywhere. Along with that, there are thousands of homeschool blogs. There is such a plethora of advice out there. Isn’t it great?
I want to start out by sharing with you what this post is NOT about. It is NOT about me telling you I am a homeschool expert and have all the answers for you.
When we started homeschooling about 7 years ago there were homeschool blogs, but not nearly the amount there is today. When I started I was lost. I knew that homeschooling was what we were supposed to do and about the concept of homeschooling, but that was about it. I had much to learn, and still do. I started researching and reading as much on homeschooling as I could. At times this only made me more confused.
There are laws to learn, styles of learning, styles of teaching, what curriculum to use, routines, schedules, homeschool storage, all of this and so much more. How does one become an expert in all of this?
ex·pertnounnoun: expert; plural noun: experts
- 1.a person who has a comprehensive and authoritative knowledge of or skill in a particular area.
There are so many variables to homeschooling.
It is impossible for anyone to be an expert in it all.
Becoming a homeschool expert isn’t:
- measured by how long you’ve been homeschooling…that’s a homeschool veteran.
- what style you choose or what curriculum you use.
- how socialized your kids are.
- how many groups or sports they’re in.
- whether you are part of a co-op.
- if you have a homeschool room or use your couch.
There are those who seem to have it all together and might even make you wonder how they do it. You might even question your own methods and styles or your schedule. It’s actually quite simple…they are experts!
Experts in their own homeschool journey and family. I might be confusing you a bit at this point. Whereas, that’s not my intention in the least. My point or moral, if I may, is to show you that there is no homeschooler out there that is an expert in it all. They are merely experts at their own homeschool.
This is not to say that some homeschoolers are not experts in particular areas. Some have used the same curriculum throughout their entire homeschool journey. I would say that they would have a pretty good idea of the ins & outs of that particular curriculum and their advice would be mighty helpful. Others have mastered the art of unschooling, lapbooking, notebooking, and so on. You see, my point is that some have mastered some areas but that doesn’t make us experts in homeschooling in general, just in particular areas.
When someone asks me questions about homeschooling I often will tell them about what has worked for me and what hasn’t. I will give them information on different things but always encourage them to seek and find what will work for them. Some will do better with curriculum that is fully planned for them. Some will do better with a strict schedule. While others are better at unschooling. It may even take us a while to find our groove.
Homeschooling can be a lot of trial and error. If it takes you a year, two years or even five to find out what kind of homeschoolers you are….that’s okay! Again…trial & error.
There are certain things that are a given for pretty much all homeschoolers. For instance, spreading your family too thin by having too many obligations and not enough time to enjoy everything. Every homeschooler, new or old, will tell you that this is impossible. There is some tried and true advice out there that will apply to just about everyone.
Please don’t compare yourselves to the homeschoolers you read about or meet. We are not all the same and that’s exactly how God intended it. People around the world are not the same. Heck, people in your own neighborhood are not the same. So what ever you do, don’t compare your homeschool journey to other’s.
Find your unique style
What works for others will most likely not work for you. You can simply take tidbits of advice from other fellow homeschoolers and modify it to fit your needs. We all have different learning styles and different learning capabilities. So why would we think we need to do it all the same?
I can assure you that you will change how you do things multiple times in your homeschool. What works for you right now in the season you are in may not work for you in another season of your life. Being willing to change something when it’s no longer working makes you a homeschool expert. (in your homeschool that is!)
Becoming a homeschool expert
The answer to the question above — Are You a Homeschool Expert? — Yes…yes you are!
Becoming a homeschool expert is finding out what works for you and your family. The key is remembering that experts in any field are always open to continual learning. What will make you an expert is being open minded and willing to change what doesn’t work and perfect what does. This may take some time, but no one becomes an expert is something overnight.
I hope you seek and embrace your own uniqueness and enjoy being your very own EXPERT!