Parents: Are You Capable Of Homeschooling?

If you’re wondering if you are capable of homeschooling your children, I want to assure you – YES, you are very capable.

In this guide, I’m going to prove it to you and give you some pointers for taking the plunge into the wonderful world of homeschooling.

We’ll cover:

  • Why you ARE capable of homeschooling
  • Data to back up my claims
  • Things to consider
  • How to stay motivated
  • Organizational methods to keep you on track

Let’s dive in.

Why You Are Capable of Homeschooling

I want you to think back to before you had children when you found out you were having your first son or daughter.

Were you a little nervous?

You may have thought to yourself:

  • Am I ready for this?
  • Can I be a good parent to this child?
  • What’s it going to be like in the beginning?
  • Am I capable of even doing this?

These are all natural questions that creep into our heads when we start something new.

Now think back to when your family was welcoming your second, third, or fourth child into the world.

Did you have the same doubts?

Probably not, because you had some parenting experience under your belt and you knew what to expect – the highs, the lows, and everything in-between.

Same goes for homeschooling. When you are just getting started, you may have a nagging fear that you just aren’t capable of homeschooling your children.

The truth is – parenting is far more challenging than homeschooling. You’ve got the parenting thing down by now and you turned out to be a good parent.

I know this because you are here reading this and working up the courage to give your children an amazing gift – the gift of education in a homeschool environment.

I promise you – you’ve got this!

Homeschool Data To Back Up My Claims

Are you still a little unsure?

Not to worry, I can back up what I’m saying with data.

As you may have read in my Legal Requirements Guide to Homeschooling, many of the States have what they call “Teacher Qualifications”. If that’s a requirement for your State, it means you need a high school diploma or equivalent to teach your child.

Not a bachelor’s degree, not a master’s in education, not a teaching certificate – simply a high school diploma.

I bring this up because the public and private schools are filled with teachers holding multiple advanced degrees, yet…homeschooled children perform, on average, much better academically on standardized tests and college admissions.

How could that be?

There are a number of reasons, but one of the big ones is that parents like you have a vested interest in seeing your children succeed.

Parents know their children better than anyone else and can provide the individualized attention & instruction that they need to succeed.

According to the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), homeschool children typically score 15-25 percentile points ABOVE public school students.

Some studies have shown homeschoolers score 23-42 percentile points above public school students.

NHERI also notes that homeschool students score above average regardless of their parents’ level of formal education or their family’s household income.

It’s also important to point out that homeschool students score ABOVE average on the SAT and ACT tests for college admission, which makes sense because homeschool students are being actively recruited by colleges.

I hope this helps prove to you that you are more than capable of homeschooling your children.

The proof is in the pudding – once you start, you’ll see that you had nothing to worry about and your kids will thank you for it.

Things To Consider

By now, I hope you realize how capable you are of homeschooling your children.

Now, I’d like to give you some things to consider.

The first step is figuring out the legal requirements for your State. It’s critical that you follow your State requirements when homeschooling.

I’ve written a detailed guide here, as well as a State-by-State breakdown of the laws here.

Next, you’ll need to select a teaching schedule. I’ve created a beginner’s guide that breaks everything down with your different options.

Finally, it’s important that you keep your motivation up. You’ll have great days, and frustrating days. I want to make sure I give you some solid ways to stay motivated throughout the process.

How To Stay Motivated

Motivation is key to a successful homeschool experience for both you and your children.

I like to step back and look at the bigger picture.

Why am I homeschooling to begin with?

To provide my children with the very best education and experiences in their formative years.

Plus, I actually enjoy spending time with them, and homeschooling allows me to do that everyday.

I also recognize that homeschooling gives me the ability to control what they are taught, when, and how.

I don’t have to plead my case with the school board, spend hours complaining about the content they are teaching my kids, and worrying about being put on some government watchlist because I disagree with their methods.

A great exercise for you to do is write down the three or four main reasons you decided to homeschool in the first place.

Think BIG picture, the things that are most important to you and your family.

Keep that list handy and look at it at least once per week – more if you’re having a rough day (those will happen).

If you keep the big picture in mind, it will be far easier to maintain and grow your motivation to continue homeschooling.

Homeschool Organizational Methods To Stay On Track

Homeschooling becomes easier when you are organized.

This organization helps you stay on track, but gives you the flexibility to go “off-script” if you find an interesting teachable moment to explore with your children.

When you’re organized, you’ll also feel more capable.

A disorganized homeschool classroom is a recipe for disaster, and if it goes on too long, this idea that you’re not cut out for homeschooling will creep in.

I have a detailed article on how to set up your homeschool classroom, where I dive deep into helpful organizational methods.

Let me give you some highlights here.

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Create a dedicated space in your home for instruction

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Keep all your homeschool supplies in one place. A simple Ikea cart will do the trick.

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In the beginning of your school year, create a portfolio binder for each of your children (let them help decorating it). This helps you track their progress and may be a requirement of your State.

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Use a homeschool planner to plan out your lessons. This could be a physical planner or one that’s online. You will reference this everyday, so keep it close.

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Pick a schedule for your homeschool day. I’ve written a detailed guide on planning your homeschool day  – use this as a starting off point.

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Let the kids get involved in maintaining and organizing your homeschool space. An organized learning space is critical to your success – and theirs.

Let’s Recap

By now, you should realize that you are more than capable of homeschooling your children.

Keep the big picture in mind about WHY you are homeschooling – this will help you stay motivated and refreshed.

You can do this – I believe in you!