Some time ago, homeschooling was known as making kids and teens deprived of social interaction. We now know that this holds no truth at all. Technological advances have made controlling the homeschool environment and experience much easier. For more insight into the homeschool model, read on.
Before you begin homeschooling your kids, look at your state’s law. There are different laws regarding homeschooling. There are guidelines set by the state, but it is up to you to decide how to teach your child and the hours set aside for classroom time. You can use the local school district’s curriculum as a model.
Social interaction is very important for your child during homeschooling. Set up play dates with family, friends or even neighbors. Go to the local park and allow your child to interact with other kids. They can also do activities such a sports, clubs, or other fun things.
If you’ve got a mix of older kids and preschoolers, make sure you create time for one on one education. Have a special area set aside for younger children to do art projects and play with toys. Your students can help teach them by reading to them or counting with them, too. The interaction will benefit everyone because your older children will gain confidence and the younger children will enjoy doing things like their older siblings do.
Don’t forget to use art in your lesson plans, even when you’re not teaching art itself. Incorporate drawing activities centered around other lesson plans, or use clay or fabric to create something textural that focuses on another demonstrating something learned in another subject. You can have them express themselves in many different ways. They need to be a part of their learning to be able to retain the content of the lesson.
Research the local laws regarding homeschooling. The website for HSLDA has information on the laws in your region. It is a good idea to join a homeschooling organization, as such an organization that will be able to offer you support in the event that you are investigated by your state’s Board of Education or the CPS. Yes, you may need to pay membership fees, but you will have access to information that will help you homeschool correctly.
Education is a gift you can give your child. It’s amazing to see how homeschooling can change your child’s life. The bases that you set for homeschooling will determine the success of the project. Do what is best for your children.