In order to be successful at homeschooling, there are several things that you need to know. While it is not important for you to have any formal teaching experience, you want to do the best that you can to give your child the education they deserve. Use the information here to reach all of your homeschooling goals.
As the parent of a home schooled child, you may feel lost when you do not understand a certain concept or subject as well as you’d like. It’s difficult to teach when you need to be taught yourself! Because your child’s education is at stake, don’t feel bad if you need to bring in another resource or person to help teach the challenging topic. The last thing you want to do is teach your child the wrong thing!
Even homeschooling teachers and students want to feel included. For that reason, you should both consider joining a homeschooling support group. Your student(s) will get to talk to other kids who understand the lifestyle and challenges of homeschooling. Likewise, you can get input, advice and general support from other parents that have already struggled with and succeeded at homeschooling.
Limit the distractions in your workspace. This does not mean that you have to have a classroom. Simply, shut off the ringer on the phone, turn off the television and if the computer is not used for school, shut it down. The fewer distractions you have to compete with, the smoother your lessons will go.
Can you afford to quit your job and homeschool? Have you created a budget to find out? Draft a budget of your current income and expenditures. Now, remove the income of the person who will be staying home. Also, include the cost of supplies, such as lesson materials, writing equipment, paper, etc. Can you afford it now?
Utilize local resources to find resources you need. You can find resources for homeschooling at garage sales, curriculum sales and even homeschool groups on sites like Yahoo and Craigslist. Don’t worry if they are gently used. A workbook with a few scribbled pages can still offer plenty of workable materials for class.
Just because your kids are the only ones in your neighborhood to be homeschooled doesn’t mean that you’re alone. Not only can you find other homeschooling parents in your city, but you’ll find many groups online who share your philosophy that education begins at home. There are conferences, clubs and even support groups waiting for you to use their resources. There are even cruised! If you take the time to search, you’ll find a treasure trove lies before you.
Art is an important part of your homeschooling plan. To incorporate art into your lesson plan, have your child draw or paint pictures about what they are learning. Don’t limit yourself to one medium. Let your children build, sing or whatever they are inclined to do. Becoming immersed in a lesson increases learning, so the end results will be better in they are actively involved with what you are teaching them.
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.