3 Tips to Homeschool Better

(2) Know That Community Is What You Make It

I was very nervous starting out about making sure that I could provide enough social opportunities for my daughter now that most of her time would primarily be spent with me.  I also was very nervous about making sure that I had enough community support from other homeschooling families to be able to stay abreast of what best practices are, where resources are, etc. I found that online homeschool communities have been crucial to me staying in the loop. While may seek a community to link up with other families in real life time, I have been finding the online communities helpful in other ways ranging from finding resources to having a space to vent with other like-minded parents. What I didn't expect was enjoying sharing my own resources with these groups as well. Being a participant in community is much more to me than being able to take from the community. It is also about what you are able to put back in.

For my daughter, community has been seeing the same homeschoolers at her gymnastic, and science classes and having kids to share with. It also has been staying in touch with her classmates from her old school and feeling comfortable to still interact with them around other common points of connection such as cheerleading, gymnastics, etc. So many people think that kids only become friends when they share a school, but kids are as dynamic as adults, making connections based on interests that don't always revolve around school activities.

(3) Be Present For the Process

The hardest area of growth for me is being present to the process. I am attached to social media. I am on Facebook at 4 am as soon as I rise. I am checking emails like a maniac at every hour. I write a creative piece once a day on my computer. I read voraciously online. And, when that happens, I am not paying attention to what is going on with my daughter who is working on her assignments.

Let's face it. Homeschooling your child does not mean that you will transform into the attentive Holly-homemaker vision of extreme doting overnight. No way. But, what it REQUIRES is that you strive for doing better when it comes to paying attention to your child  and being present during their "a-ha" moments. That has been hard for me due to my attachment to my computer. But, I'm doing better. And, I think it is very important. My daughter appreciates it, too.

You have questions about homeschooling? Write to me at khadijahonline@gmail.com and I will try to answer them through a blog post. Thanks for reading!

Khadijah Z. Ali-Coleman is a writer and editor of several books, including the anthology Liberated Muse Volume I: How I Freed My Soul.  She offers writing services for those seeking content and outlining, editing and creative coaching services to authors who self-publish. She is currently preparing to tour her production IN HER WORDS. 

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