Setting sail on the sea of home schooling

Walker is my adventurous little six-year-old, who sold the majority of his belongings to move onto a sailboat and travel the seven seas! (As he would say in a heavy pirate accent.) And with all of this craziness that change brings, Walker also entered into the school of mom and dad. Needless to say, it’s been a very interesting start to kindergarten!

Homeschooling starts with a lot of parent schooling!

Mom and dad did a lot of research on different state requirements on websites like…

hslda.org

washhomeschool.org

We also reached out to friends and family in the educational field. We found people are genuinely excited to share their knowledge and passion when it comes to this very close to the heart matter.

When you know exactly what is required of your child in a public school setting, then you know what your assignment is. So here comes the project portion.

Your ultimate project is to get them to love to learn!

Your child will basically do this portion for you. If you theme they’re learning around their interests then you’ve got their attention! Trust me… if they are having fun, then so will you! And of course there are always subjects that kids resist, but remembering the big goal of giving your little one the best possible education you can will always help in those troublesome moments. It’s a good life lesson to teach them as well.

One of the biggest holdbacks people have with homeschooling is the social aspect of it all. It is very challenging to be the big sister and brother and friend and mother and teacher all in one day but it is always worth it! I relish in the fact that my child’s education is made to be more important than clothing, cliques, or extracurricular activities.

However, kids need to be kids!

And they need other kids to be the crazy, silly, little goofballs that they are. So we do our best to get Walker in whatever sport is in season through parks and recreation departments and of course the YMCA is always a great option.

My other go to is church!

Church is a great way to get your child around other kids in a comfortable and safe environment where the parents are always welcome to be present and participate. Most Sunday school programs teach those little golden rules that we want so badly to instill in our youth.

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*If you cant say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

*Respect!

So don’t stress on having the latest and greatest curriculum on the market because with the help of Pinterest, Google, and some divine intervention the creative possibilities are endless! Just focus on playing to your child’s strengths to give them confidence and the love of learning!

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