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  • Writer's pictureJennifer

The Unlikely Homeschooler || NC Lifestyle & DITL Photographer

March 18, 2020

In light of the virus that is COVID-19, many of you are finding yourselves homeschooling. For my household, this is the norm. We’ve been homeschooling for 8-years now—something we came into when I discovered my youngest is Dyslexic.

It was scary then. I spent a year researching and planning; doubting and then reconfirming my “why”—and I have no regrets.

We created 𝙎𝙖𝙥𝙤𝙣𝙖 𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙚 𝙁𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙤𝙢 𝙎𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡 with lots of focus on 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙙𝙤𝙢. Freedom to explore her interests in the way that serves her best. Freedom to get creative and freedom to explore outside. Freedom to break when needed and freedom to linger a little longer when curiosity takes hold. Freedom to function as a family—on our terms, on our time and our own schedule.

My homeschooler is much older now. She is in charge of her own schooling. She does not need me to teach. I stand firmly in the belief that she is smart enough and resourceful enough to figure things out which includes knowing when she needs help. We take it year by year and so far, it’s been the right fit for us.

The struggle many of you may be experiencing is balance.

I hear you. I understand. Those of you who are uncertain, stressed, and overwhelmed finding yourselves unlikely homeschoolers—I get it. So, while I won’t be offering any educational advice here (you can find helpful info and valuable resources by visiting my friend Dominique Burleson and @thebookishden), I will share this: focus on your new freedom.

Freedom to explore education at home.

Freedom to customize education to your children’s needs.

Freedom to have fun.

Freedom to explore this extra time you’ve been gifted with your children because that, my friend, is a beautiful thing.

So, tell me, what have you enjoyed most about your homeschooling experience so far? I'd love to hear from you 👇🏻

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