In the wake of COVID-19, parents choosing to shift from temporary pandemic-schooling to traditional homeschooling has exploded over the past 18 months, currently boasting a whopping 5 million students! Whether this shift will continue and parents will choose to homeschool for the long term remains to be seen. However, parents are engaged in their children's education now more than ever. And that is a good thing!
As with most homeschoolers, these new home educators started homeschooling for one reason but will continue to homeschool to achieve other priorities. Whether you are new to homeschooling as a result of the pandemic or are a seasoned homeschooler, remind yourself at the beginning of this new school year why you continue to do what you do. Draw from this personalized list for inspiration throughout the year and know that, while we often overestimate what we can do in a day, we also tend to underestimate what can be accomplished in a year. So consider these thoughts as you adapt to this year year of parent-led and child-engaged priorities!
If you are looking for additional support on mentoring your young students or your teenager in these and other areas, check out one or both of my programs: The Balanced Homeschooler or The Balanced High Schooler programs.
For additional information on the current movement towards traditional homeschooling, read American Homeschooling Goes Boom, by Suzy Weiss.
Homeschooling since 2000, Carol shares in her blog observations, confessions, information, and musings that help provide perspective and inspiration for homeschooling moms.