Education is a big part of a child's upbringing and a significant source of concern and anxiety for parents. After all, school is the process by which our children develop their strengths and interests in order to mature into independent adults who will hopefully prosper in the world.

Like every parent, this is of central importance to homeschool parents and can play a big part in the decision to teach their kids at home in the first place. If anything, even more so, because homeschool parents are assuming responsibility for something that is usually taken care of by an established and well accepted institution, i.e., schools.

There is no question that this is a daunting task, but when you take into consideration the fact that kids are naturally curious and love to learn, it can be very rewarding, as well. In fact, taking an active role in your child's education can be incredibly satisfying for both parent and child, and the lessons you will both take away from it go well beyond just academics alone. It does, however, take a fair amount of time, thought, and planning.

Once you've considered why you want to homeschool your child, the next big step is how you want to approach it, and this entails devising a curriculum. Since the process of creating and implementing a curriculum is not something most of us are accustomed to, it can be a scary thing.

When we first started homeschooling our kids, we had no clue what we were doing, and creating a curriculum was the most intimidating step for us. Taking the time to think it through and be a little creative made us realize that not only is it doable, but in an odd way, we found it rewarding and maybe even a little enjoyable.

Here are 10 things that have helped us accomplish this.

1. Know what other kids are learning.

The sky is the limit when it comes to homeschooling, but I've found value in mirroring what our children's peers are doing and using it as a guide for our curriculum. Grade standards and requirements can easily be obtained at your local school or online.

2. Watch, listen, and learn.

Homeschooling is a great opportunity to see your kid's strengths and weaknesses, and design the lesson plan accordingly. Remember that you can modify your curriculum as the year progresses.

3. Be flexible.

Create a curriculum using broad and general categories, leaving room to add and subtract portions, and focus more or less time on certain subjects.

4. Set realistic goals.

The school year is long, so don't try to learn everything in one month (you couldn't if you tried). Small incremental steps add up to an amazing amount of learning over the course of a year.

5. Consider each child individually.

A major benefit of homeschooling is you can attend to the individual needs of each child, so take the time to learn what these are and design your lesson plans accordingly.

6. Be efficient.

There is no question that you can get more done in a shorter amount of time at home, so don't feel like you have to have 8 hours of work planned. You can get it done in an hour or two, or less.

7. Take your time.

One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can take the time to make sure your kids understand the material, so don't feel the need to rush through the lesson plan.

8. Know that kids learn at different rates.

You can factor in the way each child learns,and the pace that best suits them, so plan your days with this in mind.

9. Know what works and what doesn't.

Homeschooling gives you the option of changing your approach in favor of something that works better or is more effective.

10. Learn something new.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of teaching my kids is joining in and learning something new. This not only makes it more engaging for a parent, but learning new things is good for an aging brain.

As crazy as it may sound, homeschooling your kids can be fun if you approach it with right point of view, but it begins with having an open mind to the possibilities and embracing it as a journey of discovery.