What do you need to Homeschool?
A big, airy Homeschool room, and an iPad for every kid. The best curriculum. Money to go on lots and lots of trips. Tutors for the hard stuff. Tons of free time. Never ending patience. Kids, of course. Right? You need all those things.
The one comment I hear the most often when talking about homeschooling is “I could never Homeschool”.
There are many legitimate reasons not to Homeschool. I’m not here to judge you if you don’t do it. I do still want to make one thing perfectly clear here on my little blog: Homeschooling, while not for everyone, is more accessible than you think.
This week, 89 Members of the Schoolhouse Crew are writing all about their ideas of “Homeschool Essentials.” While lots of time, space and money would be awesome and certainly help pull off this Homeschool life, it’s hard for me to tell you with a straight face that those things are essential. In my book, the list is a lot simpler.
Lets start with the basics:
I could never Homeschool without the desire to Homeschool.
Why do you want to Homeschool?
I want to Homeschool because I know my kids will not be my little kids for long. They are growing up so fast. Every day, they are a little more independent, a little smarter, a little braver, and a little less dependent on me. I love watching them grow, but I want to be a part of the process.
More than that, I want to make sure they grow up to be the kind of people I know they are capable of being. I know that as good as the schools are, no one loves them as much as I do. I know them to their cores, and I know even when they are naughty and absolutely impossible, good little people are in there. I know when to push them, I know when to cuddle them, and I know how to bring out the best in them. I will never give up on them.
I know I can provide them with a stellar education. I love watching them light up when they learn something new, and I want to learn it right along with them.
I want to expose them to a world that is bigger and more beautiful than the walls of a classroom. I want them to see diverse cultures, soak in the beauty of new places, and really feel the goodness and beauty in people around them. I want them to see the heart of the world, and I want them to know they belong.
If you are going to Homeschool, you need to want to do it.
You don’t have to know how you are going to do it (at least not right away). You don’t need to know you can do it (I certainly didn’t when I started)… but you do have to want to Homeschool. You need to want it for you.
Not because your friends Homeschool.
Not because your parents think you should Homeschool.
Not because Homeschooling is popular in your church or with your friends.
Not because your child thinks they want to be Homeschooled.
Because YOU want to.
Let me tell you, at some point, Homeschooling gets hard. Your desire to Homeschool is what will pull you through those hard times. I don’t quit when the going gets tough because this is what I want. External motivation will only get you so far. You are the one who needs to get up each morning and make the decision to make your home a place of learning. You need to encourage your children when they struggle. You need to stand up for your family.
The responsibility to get the job done is on you. The motivation needs to come from within you.
The desire to Homeschool is a good place to start.