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.
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.
Utilize local resources to find resources you need. You can find resources for homeschooling at garage sales, curriculum sales and even homeschool groups on sites like Yahoo and Craigslist. Don’t worry if they are gently used. A workbook with a few scribbled pages can still offer plenty of workable materials for class.
Learning isn’t restricted to your children – you also have to learn as much as you can about the topics you teach, how to teach more effectively and how to run an efficient homeschool. You can find a plethora of information online on blogs, websites and through videos and podcasts. Locate experts in the field and follow what they share. Pick up books and keep them as references. The more you know, the more your kids will learn.
If you are teaching children that are older you need to take time out to work with them one on one. Set up a designated, safe area in which your younger children can play with toys, do crafts or relax without being disruptive. Let your older children teach the younger ones. They will both learn from this, especially the older children will begin to understand what it means to teach themselves.
Understand what your local school board offers in the way of resources for homeschooling. Often you will find that your school board will reimburse you for educational supplies and field trips. Do your research and understand what is expected on your part as far as receipts, fees and the extent of reimbursement.
Before you start homeschooling, look into the laws in your state. Your state may require your children to take certain standardized tests. You may also have to register as a private school. Most states have a householders’ association, which can be a valuable resource when researching the laws where you live.
The goal of homeschooling is to instill knowledge in your child or teen, but it should also be viewed as something more. You have a rare opportunity to use learning as a means of bonding and interacting with each other in a way most parents never get. Highlight the student’s accomplishments in your “�classroom’ just as you would for those earned in a traditional learning environment.
Spend a little time networking. Use the Internet to find families in your area that are homeschooling, and arrange activities together. It is also beneficial to connect with people across the country, as you can share ideas and techniques with one another. You will also have a support system when/if things get a little difficult.
Write down the pros and cons of home schooling. You have an idea about why you would like to teach your children, but until you write it down the reasons may not be clear. Write up your expectations and objectives for your homeschooling so that you and others can understand what you are trying to accomplish. Homeschooling will be easier if you can justify your decision and know exactly where you are going.
Go on nature walks with your child. These can be educational in many different ways. Smaller children can collect leaves. The children can try their hand at tree identification and counting. Have older kids look up each tree species. Bring a camera and have your children take pictures or short videos of what they see.
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.