Sonlight is having a monthly blog linkup this year, in honor of their 25th anniversary. March’s topic is to share the best homeschooling advice you have been given. What would you advise new homeschoolers?
I’m still so new to homeschooling I hesitate to give much in the way of advice, but I did already share about my current favorite book. I definitely think anyone planning to homeschool should read Cathy Duffy’s Curriculum book (whether the latest, or one of the earlier versions) because the introductory material about types of homeschool students and how various curricula work for the types is so helpful.
As far as advice I’ve received, most of my advice has come from blog reading and forum stalking, rather than in-person conversations. The best distilled tip I’ve gotten from all of that reading is to do what works for us, instead of worrying about what others are doing. A co-op may be a fantastic fit for another family, but that doesn’t mean it’s right for us. A math program may be perfect for someone else’s child, but it may not be right for mine (or it may not be right for me as the teacher). One of the very best parts about homeschooling is the ability to personalize everything, and I need to remember that.
And am I the only homeschooler who has to keep reminding herself of this? I keep looking around and seeing what others do that looks fun, or interesting, or worthwhile, and I have to talk myself down from ditching what is working well, or well enough, instead of endlessly chasing after better or the ever-elusive “perfect” curriculum.