How to (NOT) Succeed at Homeschooling

  1. Stick with your curriculum. Whether it works for you or not, always finish the year with the curriculum you started with. Never change when unexpected learning glitches become apparent or your child cries every day because it just doesn’t fit his learning style.
  2. Recreate the public school experience at home. Homeschool should be as much like public school as possible, from the resources used to the schedule. The fact that you’re trying to work lessons into your daily routine doesn’t matter.
  3. Set a schedule and stick with it. Rigid adherence to a schedule is absolutely essential to your success as a homeschooler. Please, do not exhibit any flexibility.
  4. Under-“socialize” your children. See #3. There is no room for playdates, field trips, or extracurricular activities in the schedule.
  5. Over-“socialize” your children. If you decide to break #3, be sure to do it right. Schedule every waking moment with playdates, field trips, and extracurricular activities until you and your children are so exhausted that there’s no way you’ll ever get your regular lessons done.
  6. Insist on a spotless house at all times. That’s right. On top of homeschooling your children all day, you should (absolutely!) stay up until the wee hours of the morning to make sure the house is perfectly clean before going to bed. (No dust bunnies! EVER!)
  7. Deny your children some freedom to explore as part of the learning experience. Ban all hands-on, interest-led learning experiences from your homeschool, and make sure that workbooks and fill-in-the-blank assignments are all your children ever see.
  8. Don’t worry about state laws and regulations regarding homeschooling. Just do what you want to do. You’ll be fine.
  9. Spend lots of money on every available curriculum resource you can find. Sending your family into bankruptcy will definitely make sure that your children are the best-educated homeschoolers around!
  10. Follow any or all of this advice. These tips will ensure that you and your children are miserable and that you detest homeschooling. You might even end up in legal trouble! (See #8.) 

I’ve made some of these mistakes myself. I’m constantly learning and growing as a homeschooling mom. It’s a wonderful journey and is perfect for our family, but we’re still making adjustments, even five years later!

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3 Responses to How to (NOT) Succeed at Homeschooling

  1. Mia Phipps says:

    I find that I always need to keep things in perspective…..realistic perspective. For me, that means I need to keep my mind open and my self-criticism in check. I could easily ruin homeschooling for my family if I didn’t get over my own ideas of how everything should work. Thankfully, my husband and my children remind me it’s about loving them and learning together. Thanks for the reminder today.

    • I completely agree with your husband and your children, Mia! I have to keep reminding myself of the same things. Thanks for adding your perspective to the post! It definitely needs to be said!

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