Surely you’ve known someone that has home schooled their children. You’ve probably thought about it, but you may have figured that you couldn’t do it. You’ve got the wrong idea about homeschooling if that’s your frame of mind. You can provide your children with the right education. All you need is the proper framework.
Whether you have already begun homeschooling your children or you are just considering it, you may benefit from attending a homeschooling conference. At these conferences, you will be given tips on how to properly teach your children. You will also be able to speak with other parents who home school their children and get advice from them.
Homeschooling doesn’t mean you have to be their only teacher. Involve other experts, be it the Baker at the local bakery or your nearby librarian. Family members and friends can step in and help, too. The more teachers you provide, the broader the knowledge base your children will end up with.
Get in touch with other homeschoolers in your area. Homeschooling can be a lonely path if you do not make an effort to seek out support. Many areas now have homeschooling co-ops, where parents in a community work together to share resources and offer help. These are provide a valuable social outlet for your child, who does not have the same opportunities to make friends as a child in a public school.
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.
Understand when it is time to give up and try something new. Sometimes you might find that teaching your child one way isn’t working, so don’t keep pushing something that isn’t facilitating learning. Look for a different technique that better fits your child. Films, online programs, or even web-based tutors can help you and your child get through it. Continuing to push them will only lead to frustration in both them and you.
Know your shortcomings. It is unlikely that any parent can singlehandedly teach their child everything they need to know from kindergarten through 12th grade. There are several options for upper-level courses. For instance, online high school and distance learning programs can help your child succeed in the later grades and prepare for the GED and college.
Do not let yourself become isolated while homeschooling. Local networking can be vital for kids and homeschooling parents. Look for local homeschooling groups where you can meet other families, or take part in online groups. A strong network of homeschoolers will give you access to different perspectives, styles, and insights to make you the most effective homeschooler for your child.
You can put the education of your children first in a way that no one else can. With the right knowledge and proper guidance, you can give them the education that they need. While it’s not necessarily the easiest thing in the world, it can be one of the most rewarding.