When you choose to homeschool, you’re seeking a better education for your children. You want them to learn as much as they can without the negative distractions of public school. This article has all the tips, tricks and advice you need to meet your goals for their educational needs.
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.
When you need great ideas, take your kids to the local library or craft store as they often have free classes, clubs or other events. You can get a feel for what your kids like to do, and what they dislike, and keep a logbook so you know what to touch on for lessons down the road.
How well do you understand your child’s learning style? Sometimes it’s easy to forget that all children do not learn the same way. What may have worked for you might not be the finest approach for your homeschooled child. Research different learning styles and apply them to the chosen curriculum for the best results.
You expect your kids to be organized, so you have to be, too. You need to have your lesson plans in place long before you start them. You have to have lists of resources, materials at the ready and all the supplies you think they or you might need over time.
When you go on vacation, take your lesson plan with you. Include your vacation in your home classroom so that your kids can truly enjoy their schooling. Have them keep a scrapbook of the event, or take a video which they turn into an amazing family adventure later. Take them to cultural locations and teach them about the area, then have them reenact wars or important historical situations. There is so much to learn about the world, don’t let it pass them by!
While most states require that homeschooling programs teach a standardized core curriculum, the fact that you are working one-on-one with your student also usually translates to significantly more free time. Consider allowing your child to choose which elective courses they want to take to fill this time, or hire a tutor to supplement comprehension in the tougher subjects.
Don’t forget the ‘social’ side of the school. A child gains much more from school than simply academics. Make sure that your child is involved in activities that a school offers such as sports and music. This can be achieved by meeting other homeschool parents and organizing extracurricular activities at the end of the school day or the weekend.
Homeschooling takes quite a bit of time out of your day. This can make it difficult to keep up with the housework. If hiring someone is not an option, incorporate different tasks into the curriculum. Have younger children match socks by size and color, and teach older children about measurements by cooking.
When you homeschool your child, you take on more than the role of teacher. Actually, you’ll also have to be the cafeteria worker, physical education coach and possibly even a counselor. Consider the responsibilities each title carries as you plan out your daily schedule and routine. Prepare lunches in advance, schedule outdoor time and make yourself available for emotional support and motivation.
Relying on electronics, like computers, can be a bad thing. Sure they can be great tools to use to teach your kids from home, but what do you do if there was to be a problem with them? Use them, but have alternative teaching methods ready in case your computer dies and will be down for a while.
So many parents would love to homeschool but are too afraid to begin. With what you’ve read here, you should have enough knowledge to overcome this fear and instead move forward with bettering your child’s education. With a little bravery and drive, you’ll become a homeschooling master in no time!