Welcome to a new school year. Are you overwhelmed yet? Have you encountered something with the way you are choosing to educate your child this year that has you freaking out just a smidge? Maybe more than a smidge… I wanted to take a minute and challenge you to take the leap and do what you think is really best for your child.
Take The Leap
This year was a take the leap year for us in our homeschool. I knew that my daughter needed to step out and start taking some online courses with the public school system. I felt that it would be best for her. However, I was scared. I was worried she would struggle. I was worried that she wasn’t prepared. There was a nagging fear that I was setting her up for failure. Guess what, she’s doing an amazing job. She’s been really brilliant about working through this course with her teacher. It taught me a lot about what we all really need. We need to take ourselves out of the equation and look at the situation with the best interest of our child in mind.
Are you considering homeschooling?
It is very common for people to decide to homeschool during the first few weeks of a new school year. Whether there is a teacher they don’t get along with, a bullying situation, or something else that triggers it, I see a lot of parents moving to homeschool.
If this is you, I would encourage you to read my 8 reasons NOT to homeschool before taking this leap. If you read that and say none of those apply to you, it may be time to take the leap. Be encouraged. You may struggle. It may be hard. You won’t get everything right. I can promise you that. BUT, you may just find that this is exactly what your child needs most. I know it is scary but I am challenging you to trust that gut feeling and LEAP!
Are you considering public school?
Have you been homeschooling for a season and now you’re feeling the pull in a different direction? Do you think your children would learn better in a classroom setting? Maybe you are walking a hard season and need them to be in school for you to work or process grief to get to a healthier place. It can be so scary to let go and trust that someone else can educate your child when you have been doing it for so long.
I want to encourage you. It may be hard. The new schooling setup may push your child beyond their limits and yours. That said if you are feeling a pull to this trust your gut. I have a few friends who chose to move their children into the public school system over the last year. It was scary and overwhelming at first but their children are thriving. Sometimes a change is just what your whole family needs.
Are you thinking of changing curriculum?
This was me when I started with Teaching Textbooks. We HATED our prior curriculum. It caused so much conflict because my daughter just couldn’t learn that way. However, changing curriculum had me nervous. What if the curriculum wasn’t the problem? What if I couldn’t teach this kid Math? What if this curriculum was a waste of money?
Let me tell you a secret. Some curriculum just won’t work. Sometimes it will be a risk that doesn’t pay off. That said, sometimes it pays off big. Sometimes a simple curriculum shift can change everything. It could mean the joy and the hope returning to your homeschool. Instead of frustration, you may start to see the light come on again for your child. Take this leap. Challenge your curriculum and see if you can find something that works better for your child and they way they learn.
Are you thinking about getting testing for special needs?
This can be one of the scariest and most overwhelming processes. Let me tell you a secret, the beauty is in the answer. When you get an answer as to whether you are dealing with special needs it helps you to move forward. Finding out about my daughter’s dyslexia and anxiety really helped me better teach her. It also freed up the option for an IEP should I choose traditional schooling and need one.
I want to challenge you to take the leap and get the testing. If it comes up that it isn’t a learning disability, maybe they can give you answers as to what to do next. If it is a learning disability it will help you have a better direction to go in with your child’s education.
Don’t be afraid to leap!
When it comes to your child’s education sometimes a leap outside of the normal is just what you need. If you are feeling strongly that change needs to happen, take the leap. If it doesn’t work out you can always go back to what you were using. If it does, you may find that your whole family thrives because of it.
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