Use the information here to reach all of your homeschooling goals. Life is the best way to learn. A lesson plan can’t provide all the learning your daily life can. Help them improve their grammar if they’re having trouble. You can let them cook dinner and use measurement as a math lesson. You will be proud of how much they learn.
Tips to consider:
- You expect your kids to be organized, so you have to be, too. You need to have your lesson plans in place long before you start them. You have to have lists of resources, materials at the ready and all the supplies you think they or you might need over time.
- 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!
- Hands-on practice is very important for your child’s learning process. When learning about certain cultures, make native foods and items that are unique with your child. When studying Stalin, you can incorporate cabbage rolls and perogies into your menus. When exposing them to Napoleon, have them create a menu of French foods. If your use all of the senses to learn they will gain more information.
- Remember to spend time with your family outside of the classroom. You might believe that all the time you spend together in the classroom is enough, but it really is not. Family nights are an opportunity for the family to get together without the pressures of the classroom, and bring you all closer together.
- Offer your children incentives from completing their lessons. This can be extra free time, less homework or even additional television time. By using incentives, you can help your child learn the importance of completing their tasks and how it will relate to working in the real world when they grow up.
- 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.
- 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.
- Divide your lessons in different units to help your student process the information. Using this method, one topic is focused on at any given time. The topic can be delved into much deeper this way. You could have a six-week study in classical music, for example. Once you have completed this time period, finish off the topic by enjoying a live performance to demonstrate the importance of this art. This will make learning both fun and exciting.
- Don’t fear getting help for housework when homeschooling. Adding an extra responsibility like homeschooling may mean that you need to delegate some of your household chores to another person. This other person could be another family member or even a friend. If you can afford it, there are maid and cleaning services that you can look at.
Teach your children Latin and Greek root words. So much of the English language is rooted in these two. Your children will gain a greater comprehension of the words they see and hear. It will also help them on college testing. Understanding how language works is beneficial in a number of every day applications. Children that are taught at home may have a different grasp of certain subjects, but that does not mean they cannot grow up to be productive members of society. Do your best to teach them all you know in a way that speaks to them. All of the advice here should make that much easier to do.