Remember the first time your child splashed in the pool? Provided they weren’t terrified, they experienced true joy! Many of us have vivid memories of our kids splashing and giggling. The same goes true with homeschooling.
As they got older, we nourished that love, taking them to the pool and to the lake when possible. Skills were being developed, perhaps by lessons or perhaps just by practice. They didn’t care if they knew the difference between a backstroke or a butterfly. They swam for the joy of it.
Maybe one child was serious about her skills. She joined a team, took lessons, got tutored and swam on the varsity team at the local high school during her homeschooling years. Good, conscientious coaches took her from a hobby swimmer to a competitor. The passion remained but became coupled with proficiency.
How to Ease into Homeschooling
Homeschooling is a lot like that. We begin with a passion to do something different, something better for our kids. Our skills might be lacking, but we are overflowing with joy.
Like swimming, homeschooling can be complicated. We need coaches to guide us through the waters, legally as well as with our technique and philosophy of education. Good friends and active support groups can serve as our coaches and encouragers.
But, if we’re going to put our family in the water, we need to know and follow the rules, where applicable. The savvy team member understands meets and heats, anchors, blocks, and seeding.
The savvy homeschooler understands reporting requirements, notices of intent, and testing regulations. Knowing the rules, and following them to the best of our ability, enables us to endure the 500 meter with energy to spare.
That’s why we’re here at Center for Homeschool Liberty – to help you navigate the waters successfully. We want you to keep going strong, whether you choose to homeschool for a 25-meter dash or a long distance swim. We help you preserve the integrity, and you supply the passion. With this combo, homeschooling can be a joyous journey for your whole family.
We get lots of inquiries about homeschooling, as you might imagine. Most people gather information, educate themselves, comply with the law as much as needed and get started on their adventure.
A few people are perpetually studying the idea but never take the first step. “It sounds like such a great idea,” they think. “I think the kids would really benefit,” they believe. Yet something in their spirit hesitates and they never get off the starting block. It becomes one of life’s missed opportunities.
It is a big decision. It has a great impact on the family as a whole. But how will you know if you never try? Don’t be like the swimmer lingering at the blocks. They know the water will be wonderful, but they hesitate to push off. Sometimes you just have to jump in. Try homeschooling to see if it’s the best for your child.