In Brave Writer we talk a lot about the natural stages of growth for young writers, which help parents place their children and figure reasonable expectations. Today we’re looking at the natural stages of development for homeschool instructors.
If you are a home educating parent, this is made for you – and if you are married to someone who is not a home educating parent, this may serve as a helpful guide for them. Even if your spouse is not on the exact same journey, it is valuable for them to understand the unique journey you’re undertaking.
Stage 1 – Jumping In!
Quite often, home educators jump into homeschooling without any formal training. We’re drawn to the notion of bonded family, participating in our children’s firsts, and the idea that we can provide something better or different than the school system… but we don’t necessarily know what the heck we’re doing!
At this point, the blossoming home educator is probably going to be quite enthusiastic about their new decision, and this is contrasted by little to no change in your children. Your children didn’t make a big decision to get excited about – they are just living their lives.
This stage may last anywhere from 6-12 months, no matter what ages your kids are.