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5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials: What Isn't Essential

Today is the first day of the 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials blog hop over at the Schoolhouse Crew. I am planning on posting about some of the things I do think are essential for homeschooling: essential supplies, essential support, essential organization, and essential mindset. You can find the whole series here:
Day one: What Isn't Essential
Day two: Essential Supplies
Day three: Essential Support
Day four: Essential Organization
Day five: The Essential Mindset

In today's post, I'm beginning the series by telling you what I don't think is essential for successful homeschooling.

What isn't essential for homeschooling

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1. A teaching certificate. I actually happen to have a teaching certificate. I received my undergraduate and then my master's degree in education. I'm not sure it did much good in preparing me to homeschool. In some ways I think that having teaching experience in a "real school" was worse. I began homeschooling expecting it to be like "real school," and it frustrated me when it wasn't. I think it may actually be helpful to not have that training.

2. Lots of money. Don't get me wrong- I love to spend money on homeschooling. I love curricula. I love books. I love supplies. But there are many, many ways to homeschool inexpensively. I have a whole post with resources that are free or mostly free for homeschooling. If you take some time to look, you can homeschool with little money.

3. All kinds of extra classes. There are many opportunities available for homeschoolers depending on where you live. It is fun for the kids- and for you- to be involved in groups (more about that on day 4!), but you can spread yourself too thin if you're not careful.

4. Perfect kids. I have heard so many times, "I just couldn't homeschool. My kids won't listen to me." I'm going to make a deep confession here. Sometimes my kids won't listen to me either. Knowing we have that to work on makes me want them home even more. We need to work on the attitudes and heart issues behind their disobedience. No kids are perfect. No kids are easy all the time.

5. Perfect homemaking skills. I don't bake bread. I don't sew. I don't make my own laundry detergent. I don't think there is anything wrong with any of those things. But it isn't me. And it's not "required" of homeschoolers even though some might do it.

So, now you know what you don't need. Come back this week for posts about what you do need. And check out the other Crew members to read about their homeschooling essentials.

Here are a few of the Crew posts to start with:

Rebekah @ There Will Be a $5 Charge for Whining
Nicole @ Schooling in the Sun
Heather @ Thrift Schooling
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama
Lisa @ Home to 4 Kiddos
Amy @ Homeschool Encouragement
Monique @ Living Life and Learning
Jenn @ Fresh Start Academy
Lori @ Special Connection Homeschool

 5 Days of Homeschooling Essentials


  1. What a great idea, starting with what we don't need! That sure is some perfect advice. I really am glad about number 5. After some meetings with local moms I always feel worse about that one thing than anything else! Nope, not perfect here. I can't bake or do what those ladies do, but we do school well because we do it so it fits my imperfect daughter and on a tight budget too.

  2. Well said!! I love that you are a teacher, yet your education didn't prepare you for homeschooling... good affirmation for those who ever wonder. All great points! Well done.

  3. I think when I finally stopped trying to make homeschooling look like "school" we were much more successful.

  4. I easily fall into the trap of thinking of all we could be doing and aren't.

  5. I find it so interesting that you kicked off the series with what ISN'T essential! What a great idea! You're right, though. So many people think they "can't do it" because they think they have to meet all these requirements and expectations that just don't matter!

  6. I've had many people tell me that they just couldn't homeschool because of... But I think it's important that people know they can do it when called of God.


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