How to Avoid Homeschool Information Overload
How to choose the right homeschool curriculum, the right schedule, and the right way to educate your child can be utterly overwhelming!
Back in 2015, when this post originally published on the blog, I had been homeschooling for 12 years. Shortly before writing this post, a friend had confided in me that she felt she had lost herself in all the homeschooling information out there, and that because of all that information, she was feeling nearly paralyzed, unable to make even the simplest of homeschooling decisions.
It was the first time I actually heard someone put words to a phenomenon I have been seeing, and often feeling myself, among homeschool moms.
So many wonderful resources. So many seemingly “right” decisions. But “so many” had become “too many.”
In fact, one reader made the comment that all the information on the internet is mentally constipating. She was absolutely right. We are living in the information age, but we are stuffed to the brim with it, and subsequently, paralyzed by it. Just look at how many browser windows you have open right now! How did we ever survive without all of this information. *sigh*
When I started homeschooling, nearly 2 decades ago, I did not know there were tons of homeschooling resources and catalogs out there. I had latched on to one tiny catalog and ordered everything I thought I needed from that catalog. My order consisted of a McGuffey Reader, a simple math book, and the Rod & Staff ABC series (this is the only curriculum from this original purchase I still use today!).
Prior to that, I had been tearing out pages from a Curious George coloring book, writing a letter at the top of the page and having my son copy the letter and color the picture (he was 4, by the way).
I was doing my best with what I had.
But that all changed the following year. I began to research online. I got catalogs – BIG catalogs – in the mail. I went to my very first homeschool conference with another first time homeschool mom. (Talk about two deer in headlights!)
(pssst…the podcast below might be helpful if you need some help navigating homeschool conventions!)