Deciding to teach your child at home is a decision that may seem like it is simple. That is far from the truth. In fact, it is much more difficult to teach a child yourself than to have them enroll in a traditional school setting. Here are several tips that will make the process a lot simpler for you. When your child has a question, don’t answer it immediately! Show them how to research the answer on their own, so they can know how to do it when you’re not around. There are many websites offering simple information which children of any age could understand, so point them in that direction.
Tips to consider:
- 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.
- The Internet is an amazing homeschooling resource. There are numerous resources to be found on the Internet. Many are free, very cheap or require a nominal subscription. Take advantage on any trial offers and weigh each resource on its merits. Homeschooling forums will also offer you unparalleled advice when you are facing challenges with homeschooling.
- It is crucial when homeschooling children not to underestimate the importance of socialization. Eventually, your children will need to go out and function in and with the general public. Enrolling them in local clubs, youth programs or summer sports is an easy way to ensure that they have an opportunity to build important social skills like sharing, teamwork and leadership.
- Be sure that you learn what your state’s requirements are in regard to homeschooling. This will ensures you to remain in compliance in the grade level that you are teaching and fulfill the number of hours that you must teach. When you are not in compliance, you risk your child’s ability to get accepted into college.
- Keep at it even if you feel like throwing in the towel. It takes time to develop a plan that works for both, you and your child. Many new homeschoolers give up too soon because they feel overwhelmed in the beginning, but after a year most homeschooling parents have settled in and enjoy homeschooling their children.
- Write down you rationales. Although you may have a clear understanding of why they should be homeschooled, your spouse may not. Write down the goals for your school, the reasons you think this is important and questions that you hope to find answers to. Homeschooling will be easier if you can justify your decision and know exactly where you are going.
- Do not purchase materials that are not returnable. You do not want to spend good money on material and find that the curriculum is nothing like advertised. Many quality programs will allow you a trial period before you have to keep the books and materials. Look into the return policy prior to making any purchase.
- If you have a hard time with schedules, try using routines. Schedules generally involve plans that are timed, while routines are generally habitual procedures. If scheduling doesn’t work for you, try implementing a routine with basic guidelines. They don’t need to be done in a particular order or at specific times, but they can be used to make a list for completing your daily tasks.
- If you are homeschooling a high schooler, then you know the ultimate goal is for them to pass the GED exam. There are many practice courses for the GED or for SATs to help your student know what to expect and how to prepare. This will show you the areas they are weak in.
The great thing about homeschooling your children is that you can make it work for you and for them. Everyone learns in a different way, make the homeschooling experience as good as it can be for your children by integrating your class room for their particular learning style. They will do better and learn more. Now that you are armed with some great tips about homeschooling, you are now on your way to being a great teacher.