In the past 3 years that we have home schooled, I have learned many lessons, I am still learning and I imagined that I will be learning until my youngest child has moved out!
To say what I have learned so far in 13 words or less turned out to be a little tough, but here we go...
Custom-made for us
Patience is needed every day, some days I might need a lot and other days not as much, lol
Reading aloud to children of all ages is so important. We read a ton of books, the library is priceless.
Adaptable, being flexible about everything, and in particular schedule is so important with homeschooling. With a Daddy that works retail hours, we need to be flexible...if he is home on a Wednesday, then school is off that day and we will catch up on Saturday when he is working. Also being flexible to take a morning off if everyone is sick or extremely cranky!
Custom-made for us is especially true for curriculum. Some curriculum works just the way it is, but most times we have taken some of it and left some of it. I have also learned that sometimes the little unit studies that I put together based on the kids' interests work perfectly. Because they were "custom-made" for us.
Open-minded. Having an open mind makes things easier, I think. Being open to changes and new ideas...and so much more
Committed. I really believe that whoever is homeschooling their children needs to make a conscious commitment about it. Because on the tough days, having committed to homeschooling is what has kept me going!