Three Questions to Ask Graduated Homeschool Moms

Posted on August 27, 2013 
Filed Under Family, Homeschool

Berthe Morisot: Mother and Daughter ReadingNo matter what curriculum you use, homeschooling is a deeply personalized journey. What it looks like and how it feels will be based on each family’s unique blend of talents, interests, knowledge, skills, learning styles, and personality types. Moms who are just getting started and looking for the “right way” to homeschool sometimes feel a bit frustrated trying to figure out what to do and how to do it. Is there a good way to figure out the best options for your family?

First, you need to know that there is not one single right way to homeschool. If someone tries to tell you there is, you’re welcome to smile politely, respond noncommittally, and ESCAPE! Although it can be fun and interesting to research the options and go to conferences with your peers, I would recommend that you also talk to homeschool moms whose students have graduated. The more you can talk with, the better, as it helps to gain a variety of perspectives. Here are three questions to begin with:

  1. What is the most delightful memory you have of homeschooling?
  2. What was the worst mistake you made when homeschooling?
  3. What do you wish you had known while you were homeschooling?

These three questions can be the start of a great conversation, and help guide you toward things that matter, rather than toward the latest curriculum fad. If you find an older woman who shares your values,  the conversation could even become the start of a deeper mentoring relationship. I think you’ll find that answers to these questions will vary, but there will be common threads that will help you grow in discernment.

If you want to seek counsel from graduated homeschool moms, here are a few things to consider:

For the Children's Sake: Foundations of Education for Home and School by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay

For the Children’s Sake contains exactly the kind of wise advice that will help you homeschool with joy. I recommend it highly.

Wise counsel from older women and trusted friends can help you navigate the homeschool journey with joy. If you don’t know others who homeschool locally, you may find wise counsel through the pages of well-chosen books, online support groups, or through other means, so no matter where you are, reach out and ask the things you’d like to know. It could be the beginning of a blessing.

Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise . . .

Proverbs 13:20





One Response to “Three Questions to Ask Graduated Homeschool Moms”

  1. Carol Topp on September 6th, 2013 8:32 am

    Janice, Great questions!
    I’m a graduated homeschool mom. After 14 years of homeschooling, both of my daughters are now in college.
    I stay a member of my local homeschool network and my support group leader, Chrissy, asked me to come to their kick-off dinner in a few weeks and share my experiences with current homeschool moms.

    I’m going to do that and I hope someone there asks me these three questions! I have my answers all prepared. :)

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