We have been homeschooling our children for the past six years, and one of the most common responses we get from people is, "I could never do that." For the record, this is the same response I get from a lot of guys when they learn that I am a stay at home dad (SAHD).

Make no mistake, homeschooling is not for everyone — but like being a SAHD, if I could do it, anyone could. Educating your kids is not a magical process that only a select few can accomplish, and for the first several years of a child's education, most parents can easily teach the basic concepts.

Homeschooling comes down to making the decision to do it and then figuring out the practical logistics of how. This may seem like a daunting task (it was for us) but there are numerous homeschooling resources out there, and in most instances, a supportive homeschooling community.

While there numerous curricula that can be purchased or obtained second hand, we decided to create our own, modeling it on state requirements. We downloaded the general education requirements from our state's website, then obtained the curricula from several schools. We then created a general guideline as to what basics we felt our kids needed to learn (i.e., math, reading, grammar) for their given grade.

With their basic educational requirements covered, we were then able to focus on our kid's interests and modify our plan accordingly. This is where we've found homeschooling to be the most interesting, fun, and rewarding. Sure, it wasn't easy at first, but with an open mind and a belief that learning is an adventure, we've managed to make homeschooling work in our household, and here are 12 ideas that helped us along.

1. Make it fun.

As cliché as it sounds, learning can and should be fun, so find ways to make it interesting and engaging, especially at a young age. Study groups, field trips, and online resources help.

2. Take it one step at a time.

Be patient and don't feel like you have to teach them everything in one week. Small steps each day add up to an incredible amount of material over the school year.

3. Be adaptable.

Understand that every child learns at a different rate and has different strengths and weaknesses, so be flexible and change accordingly.

4. Keep a watchful eye.

You will begin to see what really interests them and can help them pursue their passion in life.

5. Encourage their individuality.

Large groups (like school) tend to discourage individuality if it doesn't fit in with the group. At home, a child is free to be whomever they want to be, and accept others accordingly.

6. Listen to your child.

They will let you know what interests them or where they need help, you just have to listen and hear what they are saying, bearing in mind that communication can be subtle. Ask them questions, as well.

7. Work together as a team.

Like parenting, homeschooling is best accomplished when both parents are involved to share ideas, cover for one another, and help accomplish academic goals.

8. Learn yourself.

Homeschooling can be fun and rewarding for mom and dad, especially when it involves subjects we suffered through as kids (for me it was history and literature) but can appreciate as adults with more life experiences.

9. Take a day off.

Learning should not always be a forced issue, and when you homeschool, sometimes you can take a step back and take a day off.

10. Travel.

Traveling is one of the best growing experiences because it offers a variety of new experiences that can bring a family closer together.

11. Communicate with your local school.

Our school is supportive of homeschoolers and allows our kids to take classes and participate in all extra curricular activities.

12. Find a community.

Seek out other homeschoolers and find out how they do it and what resources they use.

Homeschooling can seem like a scary and daunting task, but like many things in life, with greater challenge comes greater reward — and there are countless rewards to being involved with your child's education.