Homeschooling is a serious decision that millions of parents make every year. It is not easy to replace what traditional schools offer, but it can be done successfully. It takes commitment, discipline and attention to detail. If you have considered homeschooling, read the advice here to make the decision a sound one.
Do not use textbooks all the time. Introduce your child to other reading materials such as magazines, comic books and newspapers. Current news happenings are breeding grounds for stimulating conversations, so being up to speed on the day’s news content is a great educational tool. This will also help teach them analytical skills.
Life can be just as informative as subjects in class. Your child can learn more each day than what you will find in any curriculum. Correct them when they make grammar mistakes and teach them new words for things. Let them help you make dinner and teach them how to measure things. They will enjoy the hands on learning and be proud of what they have help to make.
Set aside time for family fun. Sure, you spend all day long together working on school work and keeping the house in order. But, do you ever really have fun together? Set up a day and time to have movie night or even family game night so you can enjoy the time you spend together.
Cook bulk meals a couple times a week. Having a few dinners frozen and ready to heat and eat in the freezer can make crazy days better. Worrying about what you are going to feed your family as you are trying to homeschool will make things more stressful than they need to be.
When you go on vacation, take your lesson plan with you. Include your vacation in your home classroom so that your kids can truly enjoy their schooling. Have them keep a scrapbook of the event, or take a video which they turn into an amazing family adventure later. Take them to cultural locations and teach them about the area, then have them reenact wars or important historical situations. There is so much to learn around the world, don’t let it pass them by!
Get in touch with the state Homeschool Association to discover laws and guidelines you have to follow. There are states which require you to become a private school, whereas others do not. So as not to be charged with truancy, be sure the school district knows that you will be homeschooling your child.
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.
Hopefully the tips presented here have given you some ideas about homeschooling and the kind of commitment it really means. Homeschooling is not easy but it can be very rewarding. If you do take the plunge, give it all your energy and ideas. Millions of children are successfully homeschooled every year. You can be one of those success stories.