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.
Every state has specific laws regarding homeschooling. It is up to you to understand what your state requires of you as a parent, and your child as a student, when it comes to homeschooling. Look at your state’s educational website, as well as your county school board’s site to fully understand the expectations.
It is okay to use computers when homeschooling your children, do not completely rely on them. As you probably already know, computers are very prone to problems like viruses and freezes. Because of these problems, it is important that you continue to use textbooks and other physical materials as well.
While you might not want your children hanging out with kids from public school, they need social interaction with other kids. Play dates with local kids, family members or friends are key. The park is a great place for your kids to meet other children. Join teams, clubs, or other organizations.
Be flexible. If a teaching method doesn’t seem to be working, try something new. Sticking to something that is not working does neither of you any favors. A new approach can help your child see the subject in a new way. This might help shed some light on a previously confusing topic.
Consider digital options for your textbooks and reading materials. E-readers are quite affordable and easily accessible. Downloading books is far cheaper than purchasing print and easily takes up less room. Granted, there is not a resale option for the digital textbooks; however, there is a lot to be said for having reference books after the fact.
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.
The curriculum you choose should not put restrictions on what your kids are learning. Use the books as tools to guide you in the direction your kids need to go in schooling. Take the information from the books and build a learning platform that your kids will do well with. If that means that you are skipping a non-critical lesson or two that is fine.
Discover all the local laws and rules you must follow. Some requirements include registering as a small, private school, or giving your kids standardized tests. Additionally, you should talk with your school district about the best way to handle truancy issues.
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.