by LaToya Edwards, Regular MOMtor Contributor
This year marked the start of my third year as a homeschooling mom.
It’s also the first year that I have two students to teach.
Honestly I still feel like a novice most days. That said this is the year that I finally feel like I know a little about what I’m doing.
Today, I’m going to try to answer some of the most common questions people ask me about homeschooling.
Q: Are you an extremely patient person? You must be in order to be with your kids all the time!
A: Nope! I’m not a very patient person, but I’m better than I used to be. Do I lose my temper sometimes? Yes! Do I enjoy my children 100% of the time? No. Being home with my children is allowing me to grow in this area of my life. I am learning when I need to take a mommy time out and walk away. And on those days when I just can’t get my act together we don’t do school. I pack a back with lunch, snacks and water and we get outside.
Q: What about socialization?
A: I get asked this question all the time. In fact a mom asked me about socialization while we were on vacation last week. I recently wrote a post about homeschooling and socialization, but I’ll give you a short answer here. My boys have lots of time to interact with children and other people when we finish school. Our lessons are completed before lunch time and the rest of the day is for playing. They are also very involved in swimming lessons, church and Royal Rangers. Many people worry about a lack of socialization but many homeschoolers will tell you that often we have to scale back because we find ourselves doing too much.
Q: What curriculum do you use?
A: This is a tricky question to answer. There a bazillion options out there for homeschooling. And it’s really hard to know which one will work for your family until you start trying things out. If you are really curious about what we’re doing this year, I’ll show you, but don’t take it as gospel.
Q: Is homeschooling expensive?
A: Yes and no. It can be depending on what you spend your money on. I have a budget that I stick to when I’m shopping for curriculum. I know many families that homeschool for free by taking advantage free resources and their local library.
Do you have any other questions? I’ll do my best to answer them.
LaToya Edwards is a single, homeschooling mom of two bouncing boys. She lives for the quiet moments of the day which are few and far between with two rambunctious young men running around the house. She strives each day to life fully for God and although she often falls short she is determined to stay the course. She wants to encourage women to follow God’s direction for their lives no matter the circumstances. LaToya is a contributor to a variety of mom and homeschool websites. She blogs at LaToyaEdwards.net.