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Homeschooling is definitely a challenging job. When I first started I was so overwhelmed with ideas, choices, and TONS of questions. Am I smart enough to homeschool my son? I am horrible at math! How will I do this or that and so on? It definitely took a LOT of research on my part in which I will share with you some of the best sources I’ve found for homeschooling in this article.

Why I decided to Homeschool

After years of struggling, I finally hit my last straw in the spring of 2017. My son has ADHD, alopecia and a couple learning disabilities. He had an IEP at school in which he had extra 1-on-1 time with a teachers aid and the special education teachers to assist him with his school work. Towards the end of the year, he had D’s & F’s and the school was going to pass him to the next grade without him completely understanding what he learned throughout the year. It frustrated me so much in which they did the same thing the previous two years he was in that school.

To top it off, he was getting bullied in school by his classmates and the teachers weren’t doing anything to remedy it. I spoke to the superintendent about my concerns and I felt like I was just getting excuses. I did a lot of research and spoke to a representative from Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights (PACER). I got some tips and advice from them on things to do in which I ultimately decided to homeschool my son.

As soon as I started homeschooling my son, we started with MobyMax to get him caught up on what he was behind on in school. Before he got started, MobyMax did an assessment for reading, math, and language. He was in 7th grade at the 4th-grade math level, 2nd-grade language level, and 6th-grade reading level! I was shocked and completely disappointed in the school system. I’m am so incredibly grateful I took the opportunity to homeschool my son! I wouldn’t have it any other way now!

My Homeschooling Results Thus Far

There have been so many positive things in our lives since we started homeschooling! I could’ve never imagined how my life would change and I feel like I want to share them with the world! I realize everyone is different and of course, results will vary based on your circumstances, but I just have to share mine. Maybe you’ll have some of the same results.

1. My Relationship with my son has absolutely flourished!! As you know I’m a single mom and I have been since day one. It’s tough. Really tough! When my son was in school, I loved the fact that I got some quiet time to myself. My son has ADHD and the energy can be a bit too much at times, but after homeschooling, I am so thankful I did! Getting the alone time really doesn’t bother me as much as I thought it would.

2. We get to sleep in! Ok, my son gets to sleep in…hahaha! I allow my son to sleep in until 10 am. I know. 10 am? Really? Yes, as a parent, I think it’s a bit too late, but at the same time, my best time to write is in the morning. I wake up early and get my writing out of the way. Any of my blog work that needs the most “focused” time, I take that in the morning before my son wakes up. That way I feel accomplished and don’t get too overwhelmed trying to juggle blogging and school in the morning.

I wake my son up, we eat breakfast and get our school day started. Yes, my son may be doing school work a bit later in the day than most kids, but we’re ok with that. My son would rather sleep in and work a bit later in the day. 

3. No rushing off to the bus! This is actually one of my favorites. We live in a small town with a population just shy of 400 people. Yes, you read that right…400 people…there are no extra zeros there. With that being said, some of us are spread out. My son had to get on the bus at 6:40 am, which means we had to wake up between 5:30 & 6 am! Some people are morning people. Me and my son? Not so much. It always seemed like we were rushing to get out the door in the morning. It’s so much better now! We’re less cranky and much less stressed!

4. No doing homework at all hours of the night! As I said earlier, my son has ADHD. It’s pretty hard to keep him focused, especially on subjects that don’t interest him and ones that he just doesn’t get. We literally spent at least four hours a night on homework, barely fitting dinner in before bed. It wasn’t fun. This (along with #1) are the absolute reasons I love homeschooling…such a blessing!

5. Better grades! After struggling for so long and not really understanding the material how the school teaches it, it was so frustrating trying to get my son to understand the way they teach. Now, my son gets to learn in ways that are not only interesting to him and interactive, but they’re also fun and entertaining. 

Price: The price I think is one of the most important aspects of homeschooling curriculum. You want to ensure you’re kids are getting a good education, but you also want to make sure you’re not breaking the bank either. Furthermore, you want to make sure that the curriculum doesn’t require any extra materials on the side! Books, science lab accessories, and other class materials. You definitely want to take that into consideration too!

The number one place to go to when I am shopping for homeschool curriculum is Homeschool Buyers Co-op! They have discounts on just about every subject you can think of, including music, driver’s ed, and other school electives. You can order a free homeschool ID for your kiddo (with the cost of shipping). They also have a SmartPoints system. When you order a curriculum, you get a certain amount of points that you can save up for your next curriculum purchase. You can check them out and sign up for their FREE  membership HERE!

Reviews: Take the time to thoroughly investigate what homeschool curriculum is good and what ones had not so good ratings. When the ratings were vague or fake, I didn’t use those as a part of my research. For instance, I didn’t take comments like, “It sucks!” into account. I get a good feel if a review is legitimate, thorough, and honest. There are two places I generally go to seek reviews on a curriculum.

Facebook groups are my #1 choice. There are so many homeschooling groups on Facebook: Minnesota Homeschoolers (or your state), Homeschool Printables For Free, Homeschool Successfully: Perfection Not Required, Rock Your Homeschool (my fave), and so much more. Just search the top of your Facebook page, “homeschool” and see what comes up. There will be tons of groups to join.

My second choice is Pinterest. I have so many topics on my homeschooling Pinterest board. It’s broken down into 50+ sections on any topic you can think of: freebies, all subjects, schedules, advice for moms and so much more. You can check out my Pinterest boards HERE.

Brand Reputation: I take well-known brands into account. The better the brand name, it usually tends to be more reliable than others.

Your Child’s Learning Style: When buying homeschool curriculum, your child’s learning style means everything! You definitely NEED to make sure they are understanding the material to the full extent and that means tailoring your curriculum to their learning style. Theis site link below has a really good quiz to find out what kind of learning style your child has and things you can do to enrich their learning experience based on what their learning style is. You can start the quiz HERE.

In Conclusion, homeschooling takes time, dedication, commitment, and a LOT of research, but it’s soooo worth it! Don’t forget to do your research & make sure your kiddos are learning based upon their learning style!

 

What did you think about this article? Was it helpful? Do you have or have you tried any of the resources and if so, how did you like them? Drop a comment below and tell me your thoughts!

Thanks, everyone!

Your Minnesota Country Girl, Sharla

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