Early on, when I started to homeschool Hannah in 4th grade, I had no idea what I was doing. In many ways, I still don't, and that's ok. BUT back then, I felt so overwhelmed. I googled homeschooling, and most of what I found just made me feel inadequate or poor. Many of the sites where just on-line schools, and it was the strict schedule and set up that was part of Hannah's problem. So I posted my frustration on facebook, and my wonderful niece in NY came to my rescue riding a white horse. Ok, she wasn't on a horse, but she mailed me a book, The ABC's of School Success by Wesley Sharpe, ED.
Now, I am not recommending this book, because I did not read the whole book, just the part on homeschooling. Besides, it was not the book that encouraged me, it was that someone who has been there, and done that, reached out to encourage and uphold me in my decision to homeschool. It's unbelievable the number of people who look at me as though I am crazy. But they don't understand that parents who choose to homeschool do it out of a deep love for their children. Otherwise, we parents would save our sanity, and keep our free time, and send our children to public schools. lol
What I'm trying to say, that while the percentage of children that are homeschooled is in the minority, it is growing by leaps and bounds every year. And those of us that have walked this road, need to look for, and support the ones that are just starting. I also want to plug a page on facebook that has been indispensable to me. Practical Homeschooling.
If you're new to homeschooling, don't give up. Ask for help. It's out there.