Homeschooling is a serious decision that millions of parents make every year. It is not easy to replace what traditional schools offer, but it can be done successfully. It takes commitment, discipline and attention to detail. If you have considered homeschooling, read the advice here to make the decision a sound one.
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.
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.
When you home school 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.
The curriculum you choose should not put restrictions on what your kids are learning. Use the books as tools to guide you in the direction your kids need to go in schooling. Take the information from the books and build a learning platform that your kids will do well with. If that means that you are skipping a non-critical lesson or two that is fine.
If you must focus on two things, in particular, focus on reading and math. These subjects can be difficult for some children to learn. They are also going to be the most-used subjects throughout their lives. A solid mathematics and reading foundation will help them throughout the rest of their schooling and lives.
Do not try to cram every subject into every day. You could use a two or three day school week per subject. This way, you can keep your child focused on a particular subject for longer periods of time. The less often they have to switch their focus to a new subject, the more progress they will make each day.
Remember that curricula and books are only tools. Having “superior” tools and lesson plans does not mean that success is guaranteed. Tools are important, but they are not everything. Everyone will have their preferred materials when it comes to homeschooling, whether by preference or what they can afford. The point is to make it work for your desired curriculum.
Hopefully the tips presented here have given you some ideas about homeschooling and the kind of commitment it really means. Homeschooling is not easy but it can be very rewarding. If you do take the plunge, give it all your energy and ideas. Millions of children are successfully homeschooled every year. You can be one of those success stories.