Moms Share Advice for First Year of Homeschooling

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

We recently asked homeschoolers following AOP’s Facebook page to share their best advice for new homeschoolers. Here’s how 12 of them responded as they reflected on their own first year of homeschooling:

“Baby steps are better than leaping in head first. Even if you are anxious to do everything NOW, it is better to introduce the new schedule and course work in a way that doesn't overwhelm the child OR the parent. It is easy to go all full steam ahead and be burned out by weeks end.”
- Melissa West

“Just breathe! Start the day with a devotion and remember there will be some stressful days. If it gets too bad, just step back and take a break.”
- Bonnie Thompson Harris

“You can't teach everything, even public school can't do that. God can help you teach your children what they need to know for their own lives ahead of them.”
- Carisue Christensen

“There is no certain way to do it. Just find a curriculum that is fit for you and the kids. Take your time and be accurate. Make memories while making learning fun at your pace.”
- Kate Carter-Howson

Don't doubt yourself. God has given you the ability if He called you to homeschool.”
- Lisa Hall

“My best tip is to make sure to include social interaction with children their own age as part of the curriculum.”
- Kathy Conley

Give yourself and your children lots of grace!
- Courtney Finkbeiner

“Try to pick a curriculum that works with your child’s learning style. If it doesn't seem to be working, don't be afraid to switch if you need to! Also, look for ways to incorporate their favorite things, interests and holidays into your planning when you can. It makes for some fun units and activities when everyone is excited for special days! Also, enjoy your child! You get to see them grow and are there for their milestones!”
- Libby Mitchell

Dedicate time for home schooling. Do not try to multitask by doing laundry, etc. while teaching. It is too distracting, and you are not giving your child the best education that you can.”
- Angie Dawn Grogan

Don't expect homeschool to be like school. The day will flow differently and feel different. It shouldn't take the whole day like traditional school does. If it only takes an hour or 4, depending on the grade level, you probably ARE doing a full day’s worth of work. Don't stress.”
- Kathryn Manzella

Connect with a local homeschool co-op. It is good for the kids, and it is great to connect with other homeschool families to share ideas and resources.”
- Sheila Charles Henson

“Never give up! Keep praying and trying! Remember the benefits. It will all work out. Enjoy having your children with you.”
- Sue Arnold

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