You may find that the decision to homeschool is the most rewarding and enjoyable thing you have done for your family. It makes it possible for you to take part in your child’s learning rather than sending them off to someone else to learn from. The following article will introduce you to the wonderful world of homeschooling.
Your child’s progress is their own and should not be weighed against others. It is easy to fall into the trap of comparing the education levels of your child versus another, yet when it comes to homeschooling, it is like comparing apples and oranges. Each homeschooled child is going to learn at their own pace, which means that their successes will be individual and constant.
Know what your educational approach will be before you begin homeschooling. Whether you choose to go with a standard school type of environment and education, or if you prefer to focus on specific fields of study that interest your child, you should determine this up front. You will have clear goals to work towards, and the approach can be reevaluated at the start of each school year.
Find a support group of other homeschool parents. When you teach your child at home, sometimes you may feel isolated. The support group can help you deal with problems and issues that are complex. You can benefit from the sharing of different perspectives and approaches, and you can apply these to your own curriculum.
Homeschooling has to be fun! Excitement helps a child want to learn, and the more you can provide, the better. While creating the lesson plans, the teaching itself, procuring supplies and other tasks related to your new job can be frustrating, the end result is so positive that you should consider it as you trudge through your day. Include activities which are fun for both yourself and your kids, such as cooking, music lessons and acting scenarios out (don’t forget to dress up!)
Be flexible with your curriculum. There are new ideas coming out all the time, and you will change as you learn about different techniques. Be ready to go with whatever comes your way. You will slowly but surely discover what is right for you and your children, and everyone will benefit as a result.
For children who are kinesthetic learners, there are many different things you can do to help stimulate learning. Gardening, doing puzzles, going for nature walks or building things are all great ways to bring out their greatest potential. Children who learn by doing tend to lose interest in lectures and notes on a board.
Just as in regular school, your child may find that they are having trouble with a certain subject. If this is the case for your child, do not be ashamed to hire a tutor and do not get down on yourself. Many parents feel as though it is their fault if their child is not excelling in a certain subject; the truth is this is natural. The only thing you can do about it is get them the help they need.
Keep arts and crafts supplies at the ready for eager little hands. While you are engaged with one kid, the other child can be entertaining themselves. Encourage your child to be creative by giving him different supplies. This is one of the best ways to learn.
As much as your children should not be distracted when you are homeschooling them, you cannot allow yourself to get distracted either. Let your friends and other family members know which days and at what times you will be teaching your kids and let them know not to bother you during this time. This will help you stay on track so that you can properly teach them.
Let your friends and family members know that you are homeschooling. Sometimes, well meaning friends might think that you and your child have a lot of free time because you are at home, rather than your child being in a classroom and you being at work. If your friends and family members are constantly interrupting your school day, it can make it difficult to meet your child’s educational needs and goals. By letting them know that you have a specific homeschooling schedule to keep, you can help to avoid this problem.
When you are getting ready for the school year at home you will want to have individual goals for each child. Write down what you want them to learn and how you will reach the goal that you want reach. Then you can work on getting there with your children.
Make your homeschool schedule work for you. Just because the local school runs from nine to two, that does not mean your classroom has to run that way. If later mornings are better for your family, have your child study, then. If it works best to teach for an hour, take a three-hour break and then teach for two more, make that your schedule. One of the best things about homeschooling is the flexibility, so take advantage of it!
It might seem tough at first but you should never give up. It takes kids time to adjust to the idea that ‘Mom’ will also be their teacher at home and they have to disciplined enough to listen. Mom also has to be disciplined enough to be strict about learning the material.
Expect that homeschooling will not be fun all the time. Sometimes a lesson plan is necessary and there really is no way to make it fun. Going into homeschooling knowing this, and explaining it to your children, can help you all to get through the rough spots when they come up. This will be a great benefit to your children, and it will help to keep you motivated as a teacher.
Now you are more knowledgeable about the different ways in which homeschooling can be approached, you should feel ready to get started. Remember to get help and support when you need it, and implement the best practices, like the ones in this article, when homeschooling your children.