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How My Homeschool Has Changed Over The Years

Change. It’s inevitable in life, but somehow we don’t expect it in homeschooling. However, part of the beauty of homeschooling is that it can be adapted to meet the changing needs of each family.

If your homeschool is in a season of change, you will find a hearty dose of encouragement and wisdom in these posts by homeschool moms who have been there, too.

Read how the homeschools of these bloggers has changed over the years

 

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed, but I always refer to our homeschool experience as a journey. That’s how I picture it. I picture it as a road, winding through beautiful, scenic landscapes. What we will see or do along the way remains to be seen. Just like any journey, homeschooling consists of smooth riding, bumps in the road, and plenty of detours. Sometimes, we just stop to take a rest and learn from the world around us.

Read more at Changes in Our Homeschool Journey Through the Years by Michelle Cannon

When I first started homeschooling I was in way over my head. There were so many options and I was extremely overwhelmed.  I wanted to make the best choice for my boys but wasn’t very confident in myself. Our first few years we used a boxed curriculum.  I really loved that curriculum but it wasn’t a really great fit for either of my boys.

Read more at Falling in Love with Charlotte Mason by LaToya Edwards

People ask me all the time how long we will homeschool.  Will we homeschool all the way through? Will we attempt to homeschool through high school?  My answer is always this: we take things a year at a time.  I’ve experienced enough to know blanket statements like “always” and “never” don’t always work the way we thought.  We travel down a road, take an abrupt turn and venture down another one we never thought possible the year prior.

Read more at Evolved Homeschooling: Don’t Stay the Same by Alicia Hutchinson

One thing about having a blog is that you have record of all the goals and dreams you had for your kids’ education documented. When things go astray, it’s all recorded for everyone to see. You may remember from our 8th grade curriculum plan that we started with a very classical approach homeschool. In our 9th grade curriculum, we focused on credit-by-exam very heavily. Now in 10th grade? Things have calmed down a bit.

Read more at How Our High School Goals Have Changed, and Why That’s Okay by Shannen Espelien

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It has been our fourth year of homeschooling our sons. I feel really grateful for all of the things have happened in our journey homeschooling our sons. Everything doesn’t always run well. There are some great and awful things happen. Four years are not a long time, but we have already got some happy and sad experience in our homeschool. They enrich us to make some changes.

Read more at Watch! Our Homeschool Has Changed by Adelien Tandian

Flexibility. It is one of my top ten reasons for why we chose homeschooling, and it is by far, one of my favorite aspects of homeschooling. Curriculum not working? Change it. Morning school work not working for you? Change to afternoons. Having a heard time doing science projects during the snowed-in winter months? Change it up and do summer science!

Read more at Will Our Homeschool Ever Stop Changing? by Lisa Baldwin

Over the years my homeschool has morphed, changed, and grown. We began with a pure Well-Trained Mind Phase, ran into problems, and adapted. Each phase not only changed my homeschool for a time, but it changed my perspective of the classical homeschool and what is truly important for a classical education.

Read more at 7 Changing Faces of My Classical Homeschool by Sara Dennis

There were stuffed animals lined up along my wall. I had a chalkboard and a teaching stick. I wrote the ABC’s and 123’s, I read books and taught those animals like a pro! I was going to grow up and be just like my favorite teacher. Teaching was my dream, and I was going to be the BEST one! Fast forward 20 years (or so….) and I am a teacher! I am far from the best, and my students look nothing like those animals I taught all those years ago, or anything like the room full of 1st graders I had planned on teaching. I have had to change my plans and my expectations. I have went through many seasons of homeschooling.

Read more at The Seasons of Homeschooling by Misty Bailey

The other day, as my croupy crew watched Frozen for the eight gazillionth time, I did a little reflecting. I went back and read my first My Little Poppies posts. Folks, I totally got sucked in by those early posts! On the one hand, I feel like it all just happened, but on the other, so much has changed. As I was reading, I realized that I was witnessing my own transformation. It was an evolution of sorts: the evolution of a first year homeschooler. First, there was the post where I explained how we found ourselves suddenly and unexpectedly homeschooling

Read more at Evolution of a First-Year Homeschooler by Cait Fitz

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I’m a homeschool graduate as well as a homeschool mom, so I guess the most significant way my homeschool has changed over the years is that, strictly speaking, I’m no longer the student. Except that wouldn’t exactly be true, because I think in some ways I’m learning more as the mom than I did as the kid. Here are just a few things that have changed on our homeschool journey.

Read more at Enjoy the Journey: Flexibility in Homeschooling by Karen

Change is inevitable. Especially for homeschooling families. As you learn and grow with your children you slowly find what works and doesn’t work for you and your kids. It’s a growing & learning process for the whole family. Looking back at our own homeschooling journey, I can see how we’ve slowly grown and changed through the years.

Read more at 4 Things I’ve Learned on Our Homeschooling Journey by Tonia

My sweet mother-in-love used to have this little ceramic doll that sat on a shelf in her living room. I remember seeing it long before I ever made the decision to homeschool. The doll stood bent over with its fanny pointed to the sky and on its bloomer bottoms were etched the words, “A little behind in school.” It sat there on her neatly-organized shelf as a reminder of that ever-vexing feeling that all homeschool mommas fall prey to…that nagging notion that we are behind…that we are racing against the school year calendar in a desperate attempt to get caught up…to fit it all in.

Read more at Why I’m No Longer Behind in Homeschool by Jamie

When we first started homeschooling, I thought we were doing it because it was the best educational choice for our children and so we could teach them about God. God has since then shown me that homeschooling is about so much more than academics and religious freedom. My goals for our homeschool have changed over the past six years.

Read more at My Goals for Homeschooling Have Changed by Crystal Wagner