Starting to homeschool can be a very exciting time. Just about everyone looks forward to using new school supplies and turning the first crisp pages of a brand-new book.
But those first days can sometimes be accompanied by a bad case of the jitters, too. Parents may worry if everything they’ve planned will work out right. Kids sometimes wonder what the year will be like — particularly if they’ve been withdrawn from school and have been used to a different kind of school experience.
The first way to cope is to understand that first-day jitters are perfectly normal. Hardly anyone enters a brand-new situation without some degree of apprehension or curiosity about the process. Realizing that many homeschoolers — including parents and kids -sometimes get nervous and excited at the start of a new year may help to underscore how common the feeling really is. Even families who have homeschooled for many years sometimes find themselves hoping the year will go off without any major glitches.
The next trick to dealing with jitters is pacing oneself. Starting off gradually — even if only part-time for a week or two – works wonders to allay any worries about homeschooling for the first time. There is absolutely nothing wrong with trying out a subject or two before all of the others are added to the daily rotation. Jitters are quickly squelched when family members realize they have plenty of time to ease into the new routine.
Finally, accepting everyone’s best effort is necessary to handling homeschool jitters. Starting off with the goal of perfection creates a very high-stakes situation that few families are able to live up to. Instead, begin the year understanding that everyone has good days and bad days, and the expectation that not every day will be picture-perfect. Recognize that homeschooling isn’t just about education — it’s also about living life – and that life’s twists and turns will sometimes get in the way.
How have you handled first day jitters?
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