In recent years, there have been millions of parents who have turned to homeschooling. The reasons vary, but homeschooling is a legitimate option that can actually offer a better education than a public school in some cases. If you have considered homeschooling, there are things you need to know. Check out these tips to help you make the most of homeschooling.
Know that you do not have to work on every subject everyday. Most public schools do not even have children go to each class everyday; for instance, while your child may go to science on Monday and Wednesday, they go to math on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. This is the same kind of pattern you should use when homeschooling.
Everyday life is full of teachable moments. You will get more out of life skills than a book. If your child needs to use better grammer when she speaks, then correct her so that she is using better grammar instead. Enlist their help with making dinner by letting them read directions and measure ingredients. They will enjoy the hands on learning and be proud of what they have help to make.
Create your own flash cards. There is no need to waste money on expensive sets of flash cards when you can do it yourself. All you need to make your own are some index cards and a marker. Besides saving money, this technique also allows you to tailor the flash cards to your child’s specific needs.
Don’t forget the ‘social’ side of school. A child gains much more from school than simply academics. Make sure that your child is involved in activities that a school offers such as sports and music. This can be achieved by meeting other homeschool parents and organizing extra curricular activities at the end of the school day or the weekend.
The goals you set for your homeschool classroom need to be easy to measure. Write down exactly what you want your child to know at the end of each day, week, month and lesson plan. For example, “I would like John to be able to multiply up to ten” is a great short-term goal. “I would like John to know all about World War II” is a long-term goal. Both should come with positive reinforcement when achieved.
Ensure that your child is able to study and learn in a spot that has limited distractions. Do not teach them in their play area. If there isn’t a built-in storage for the area where they study, get a box for all of their learning materials and supplies.
Are you going to homeschool more than one kid? It is essential that you adopt an efficient approach to discipline. Guidelines and rules are an important part of effective homeschooling and takes on even more responsibility when used for multiple siblings. In the absence of a discipline system, it’s almost impossible to ensure that each child will thrive. Making sure your children understand your rules of discipline will help them become successful in learning.
Read a variety of titles to ensure that your child receives a well-rounded education. How-to articles can give you a variety of hands-on activities to do with your child. Before you child begins studying a specific subject such as World History, visit your local library and check out a children’s history book along with an age appropriate book. Use the children’s history book to give you a broad overview of the information that should be taught, and use the other book for specific information to include in your lesson plan.
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.
Make no mistake, homeschooling is a serious decision that needs to be thought about carefully. It takes a lot of time and a real commitment from both the student and the teacher. Homeschooling has its rewards, though, and if you have what it takes, consider taking the plunge. You child’s education is vital to their success.