You may have heard something about homeschooling, but not really understood how it works. Teaching your children at home is a perfectly acceptable alternative to sending them to a public or private school. Before you get started, however, you need to know the basics. Keep reading to find out more.
Know what your educational approach will be before you begin homeschooling. Whether you choose to go with a standard school type of environment and education, or if you prefer to focus on specific fields of study that interest your child, you should determine this up front. You will have clear goals to work towards, and the approach can be reevaluated at the start of each school year.
Before you even begin your child’s homeschooling year, decide how many weeks you would like to accomplish the school year in. You can then break your courses up into weeks to set even tighter schedules. Do not forget to pencil in any vacation time that you will be taking so you do not forget to account for it.
Go on field trips with other families who are homeschooling their children. This will help your child feel comfortable with the idea of homeschooling. If your destination offers discounted group rates, that’s even better.
Give your kids the same responsibilities they would have if they had to get off to school every day. They should have all their chores done by the time school starts, including teeth being brushed, being out of pajamas and dressed and breakfast having been eaten. Don’t forget to get them to clean up their dishes, too!
Find a support group of other homeschool parents. When you teach your child at home, sometimes you may feel isolated. The support group can help you deal with problems and issues that are complex. You can benefit from the sharing of different perspectives and approaches, and you can apply these to your own curriculum.
Go to some homeschooling workshops or conferences before you begin homeschooling your child. Everything you have to do as a teacher can be overwhelming. There are seminars and classes available that offer hand-on guidance for nearly any aspect of homeschooling. Even if you have have been homeschooling a while, you can still attend these events for added help.
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.
What makes homeschooling the choice for your family? Is it that you feel the public school is letting your kids down? Do you feel you could do a better job? Do you want your kids to avoid the negative social issues they’d face in a public school setting? Write a letter to yourself about all the negatives about their current school situation and positives about what you want to provide to them. Read it whenever you feel frustrated about homeschooling as a pick-me-up.
Do not listen to the people that are going to tell you that your kids will be unsocialized because they are not in a school. Oftentimes, the things that kids learn in school being lumped in with large groups of their peers are nothing to be proud of. Look into groups in your area that get other homeschooled kids together for different activities.
Once you have educated yourself on the basics of homeschooling, you can decide whether this is something you want to try. Many children thrive when they are taught at home, while others do better in school. Consider your children and their learning styles before you make a final decision about their education.