You want to start homeschooling your children, but you’re not sure where to begin. While it’s a big step, it can be done. While you might feel overwhelmed, remember that no one cares more about your children than you do. Therefore, it’s time you believe in yourself that you can provide them with a proper education.
When choosing your homeschooling program, consider the ultimate goal of the education you are providing your child. If you plan to reintegrate them into a regular school, then your curriculum should shadow the curriculum of that school. On the other hand, if you plan to home school them through high school then you want to be sure that they are learning everything they need to get their GED or even to perform well on important pre-college exams like the SATs or ACTs.
Figure out what motivates your children. The same thing will not motivate all children, so find a motivational tool for each child and use it. Keep your rewards age appropriate and reward your children for accomplishing each of their school goals for the year. They will work hard for the things that make them happy.
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.
You set the schedule for your school! If your kids are having a great time playing math games, spend as much time playing it as you want. You must do your best to try to keep your kids interested and having fun while learning. Once learning becomes a chore, they will quickly lose interest and the learning process will slow.
Think of yourself as a guide rather than a lecturer in the homeschooling environment. The truth is, you are probably going to come across topics that you don’t understand very well. Have fun learning with your little one and don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know; let’s research it!” when a difficult question arises.
Figure out how your child can still socialize. As he or she is not surrounded by peers in a normal school classroom, so you may need to get creative. Schedule field trips to local museums or zoos with other homeschoolers. Your community will also have sports groups to join. Boy Scouts and Girl Scout troops also offer socialization and learning activities for homeschooled children.
There is an easy way to break down each homeschooling course. Take the number of days your student has before their final exam and divide the amount of material you need to cover evenly over those days. As an example, if the provided textbook is 300 pages and the final exam is in 60 days, then the student will need to cover an average of five pages per day. Just be sure to schedule in enough time for them to review before the final exam.
Find a support group or a homeschooling cooperative to help your child succeed. In a homeschool cooperative, one parent who excels in math may offer to teach math, while another parent may offer to teach English. By joining one of these cooperatives, your child will be taught information that you may otherwise not be able to teach him.
You must remain focused, and you must keep up with the current trends. Caring is half the battle, but knowing what to do and where to get your materials is a major thing as well. Therefore, remember what you’ve read here as you go about continuing to learn how to provide your children with the proper homeschooling environment.