First of all I must say I am so thrilled I joined the parenting club, I feel like I have the support I have been missing for so long!
I am considering homeschooling my three year old. He is very sensitive and emotional, and just seems young for his age, if that makes sense. I’ve recently decided I don’t like the fact that other people have so much influence on him while he’s out of my care. I have no idea where to begin, I don’t know if I even have what it takes.
We are working on a big emotional project, and homeschooling would mean I don’t get a break from the all day long screaming and crying…is it even possible? I know preschool is not critical, so I’m not looking to begin right away, but I feel as though I need a solid plan.
Sensitive emotional children and homeschooling…I’m open to ANY input, experiences, and resources. Thank you all for your time.
How wonderful that you are becoming clear on what you want for your sweet boy. Our suggestion is going to be much the same as I said to you last time: Take all this to your LISTENING PARTNER. I know – we sound like a broken record. (:
Hand in Hand doesn’t take any position on homeschooling. Nor is this the forum to get specific homeschooling advice. I know that there are many homeschooling parents who also practice the Hand in Hand approach. Perhaps there are parents who can contact you off-loop.
I will say that there are as many different ways to homeschool as there are homeschooling families, and that the resources vary from country to region to city. Resources are different depending upon where you live. Often there are homeschooling organizations, groups and communities that use Yahoo, Facebook and Meetup to connect and plan activities. Looking for those groups in your area would be the place to start.
Hand in Hand and this community is here to support you in doing this the way that is best for YOUR family. We trust your wisdom and intuition and know that YOU will figure it out.
Perhaps there are parents here who can share how they have used the Hand in Hand Tools to support their homeschooling – Special Time, Setting Limits, Staylistening and Playlistening. As for specific homeschooling ideas, we are going to ask you to connect with parents outside of this discussion group. We’ll stick to talking about the TOOLS here.
Just out of curiosity, I did a search on our website for “homeschooling” to see if any parents have any anecdotes. Several Instructors popped up as homeschooling parents. If you’d like specific input, you might consider contacting one of those Instructors for a Private Consultation. http://www.handinhandparenting.org/?s=homeschool
Let us know if you’d like some support in finding some Listening Partners. I did homeschool my son for 5 years – 1st-5th grade – until he decided he wanted to go to school, and it was regular Listening Time that helped me maintain clarity, patience and playfulness through those years.
You got this, good Mama!
Peace & Smiles,
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I am homeschool and I’m sure there are many other parents homeschooling and using hand in hand. It seems like it’s almost required if you’re going to be navigating homeschool! The online parent club is not as active as Facebook so I would join that group and then search for homeschool. I’m not sure what specifically about homeschooling and parenting together seems daunting to you, other than everything, but as you said 3 is very young and ‘school’ on your part is remaining engaged and bringing new experiences and following interests etc…maybe you feel pressure to ‘school’ or provide academic experiences or worry your child is delayed in some way so that would be perfect fodder for a listening exchange.