Don’t think you have to have everything to get started in homeschooling. There are things that you just don’t need to homeschool no matter what you might read else where, no matter what someone else might tell you. Just take a minute and think about these 5 things that I am saying you don’t need. Just think about it.
I know because after two years of homeschooling, we don’t have these things.
5 Things You Don’t Need to Homeschool
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The great thing about homeschooling is that you don’t have to replicate a school room. You are going to need a place to put things, but a hutch or bookcase works wonders. My children often do their worksheets at our dining room table, occasionally at our kitchen island.
Wow, if I wanted to use a full boxed curriculum, I wouldn’t be able to afford it, not for both of my girls, and in all honestly, not for one of them.
Belong to a Co-op or Group
I don’t belong to any groups. Not that we haven’t tried, but secular in very religious areas makes it a bit harder, but with friends (for both my children and I), we don’t feel like we’re missing anything. We also don’t have to worry about comparisons between homeschooling families.
Use the BEST Curriculum
You don’t have to use the curriculum that gets the best ratings, or the one your friends recommend, instead, think about your year end goals and think about what you need to get there. We use workbooks, being Canadian we use The Complete Canadian Curriculum ones. Not Canadian? No problem, we’ve used the Comprehensive Curriculum workbooks too when we first started out.
Be Involved in a lot of Activities
Too many activities is going to burn you and your child out. Pick one, maybe two. Pick something your child is honestly interested in. My girls are in gymnastics, and that is that. Austin is hoping to start guitar lessons shortly but I’m not pushing it.
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