Being responsible for a child’s education seems scary on its face, but with the proper support and information, homeschooling isn’t necessarily all the hard. Homeschooling your children provides a safe and very educational environment. Use the advice presented here to get started with homeschooling.
When you have a variety of ages in your homeschool environment, you can use older students to teach the younger ones. This is especially true of reading, where those who read well can read to the younger kids, pointing out words they may not be able to read on their own yet.
Find a homeschooling support group. While homeschooling might be very appealing, it can also be very lonely for both you and your child. Check community bulletin boards or the internet to find other families in your area that are homeschooling. Parents can get together to discuss methods that are successful and offer each other support. Children will benefit from group activities such as local field trips or projects.
Just because you follow a curriculum from another source, does not mean you must follow it to the letter. There are often going to be parts of a curriculum that do not suit your child’s learning style or schedule. Be flexible with a curriculum and do not be afraid to drop those parts that are not fitting for your educational plan.
Sit down as a family each Sunday and discuss the upcoming week. This allows everyone to know what is expected of them during the week and how each person can help make the week more successful. Planning also gives everyone the opportunity to take part in field trips and projects.
Follow the lead of your child regarding homeschooling. While you may be tempted to homeschool your child all the way to graduation, he or she may not feel the same way. As your child gets older, the idea of regular school may become more appealing. Always listen to your child, and take the time to look into all available options.
Don’t forget the ‘social’ side of 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 extra curricular activities at the end of the school day or the weekend.
Your job as a parent is to teach both academic and life skills. Your lessons should include some important life skills along with what your child is required to know. It is easy to know what academic lessons must be taught, but many parents will neglect to learn what life skills must be taught. It’s important you teach both simultaneously. For example, you can teach your child about plants and how they affect the environment while showing them how to plant a garden.
At this point, you should be starting to feel more confident. A loving, caring teacher, you, is beneficial for your kids. Give your you and kids the education they deserve. That’s what they deserve.