My Why for Homeschooling!

My Why for Homeschooling!

 There are so many, beyond good, reasons to start homeschooling. But for now I want to delve deeper into my why.

Why is my why so important? Because it is what keeps me from giving up. No matter what is going on, no matter how tired I am, no matter how hard it is, my why is what keeps me going.

Even before my husband and I had kids we had decided we wanted to homeschool. Once we had our first, who was born with an anomaly in one of her chromosomes, it solidified it even more.

Having watched my brother who has down syndrome, go through school and seeing how the school informed my mom that after he reached a certain point in the education, they were going to have him repeat the same level over and over till he graduated. They didn't give him a chance to prove himself. My mom, who was a teacher before becoming a parent (she homeschooled the rest of us till we went to college), had been supplementing his schooling on the side and he was way beyond the level they were teaching him. My Husband and I decided the school system was not the place for our daughter.

We even talked to family members who were teachers and special ed teachers as well as friends who held those positions too. What we learned was not good.

It was the best choice we could have made for her. She has proven herself so many times and is smarter than anyone gives her credit for. 

My dream is for my daughter to thrive not barely survive through a curriculum that is not specific for her so she can't learn in the unique way she can grasp and learn things.

I have found that through homeschooling, not only with my daughter but my other five children, that each child learns differently and needs to have the freedom to learn in their own unique way. With homeschooling I have the choice of what is being taught to my children and how. I can customize every part of their learning journey specifically to them. I don't have to try and understand what is being taught by a teacher and then struggle myself to explain and help my children through their homework. It has been absolutely and amazingly freeing and even our schedule in our control.

 

This is my why. They are my why.

-Yohanna Wendt 




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Running on Empty?

How do you keep going with homeschooling? How do keep on when you have nothing left?
 
These are some of the questions I get asked often since I've been homeschooling for over 10 years. Before delving into some easy steps, I take to keep myself going, I want to address this first:
 
Homeschooling is a choice, as is loving someone. If you don't feed it and are running on fumes you will not be successful. Be sure you are pouring into yourself and taking breaks. 
 
Here are some simple steps I have found that work for me. My hope in sharing these steps is that they will inspire other parents to find ways to help themselves and to set in place healthy ways to feed and pour into their life of homeschooling.
 
1.    What is my why? Why did I start homeschooling?
 
  •     Once I answer this question it lights a fire under me, and I start moving again. My why is so strong and so deep that it always helps me keep going.
  •      What is your why? Why are you homeschooling or wanting to homeschool?
2.    Who do I have on my side?
 
  •      Community: this one is HUGE!
  •    I have three close homeschooling mamas who are part of my journey. Obviously, they aren't the only ones who have encouraged me, God has brought in others at just the right moment to encourage and lift me up. But the three main ladies are the ones that are there day in and day out.
  •     One is a retired homeschooling mama who taught for over 30 years and is a wealth of information.
  •     One is at the same level of schooling with her kids as I am. (This is so helpful, so I know when certain subject struggles are not isolated to us) You are never alone in your journey. Just remember that.
  •     One is a retired public-school teacher who has been schooling who own children for the last few years. She is fresh and has such amazing and exciting ideas. She also teaches with such grace and understanding it helps me so much!
Each of these ladies are key and have helped me continue. We pour into each other and keep each other going. This, in itself, is an immeasurable gift.
 
3.    Last but certainly not least.
 
  •    Prayer.
I can't count how many times I have fallen on my knees before the cross giving it to Christ. Every time I take back the burden when I was never supposed to, and it gets too hard to stand I am reminded why I'm not in charge. He is in charge always and when I step out of line the burden becomes too heavy. So, prayer is my biggest and most valuable tool to help me keep going. It never fails. He never fails.
 
Here is is a pdf printout, Homeschool why & affirmations.pdf , with some affirmations for you and your kiddo/s and for you to write out your why. Be sure to hang it where you can see it every day. 

-Yohanna Wendt




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Beauty of Homeschooling


Take a breath..... No, a deeper one..............

That was better! Now we can continue.

Have you noticed that the simplest of things can have the most complex explanations?

For example: "Mama, where does rain come from?", "Mama, how does rain turn to snow?", "Mama, where do babies come from..." Ahem!!! TOO SOON! Moving on.....

The beauty of homeschooling comes from the ability to take those questions and explore the answers together. It creates an excitement in the hearts of little ones in being able to have a say to add in things that they are interested in learning and gives them the desire to learn more!

Yesterday we left the worksheets, reading, and chores to go in search of snow. In Phoenix we get snow very rarely and it doesn't last long. So we left our normal routine and spur the moment decided to go in search of some snow as we had had some strong storms. Shaking up the routine for a wonderful experience that they can feel and touch to get questions answered can be the perfect way to teach. Now we can learn more about weather and how the seasons and temperature effects the precipitation. Yay for hands on science!


Homeschooling is all about giving them a firm foundation to build on and using that to help them explore and learn new things in the way that they learn best. Each lesson is tailored to them and they get one on one time with their parent. And sometimes that time includes some snow ball fights!

Active learning is one of the best tools in your toolbox, so don't let it sit there gathering dust!

Now go out there and explore with your little explorer!

- Lysette & Yohanna






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