Educating a child in today’s public schools may not be as beneficial as it once was. Many people are losing faith in public education and want to pursue new options. This is where homeschooling comes in. The ability to control and monitor your child’s education, while constantly challenging them to do better is what homeschooling is all about. Learn more about how homeschooling works with the tips you will find ahead.
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.
If you just had a kid or have one that’s young, it can be tough to take on homeschooling. Address each of your children’s needs by using a well thought out time schedule. Look for any activities that are interesting for both ages. Have your older child help out your younger child in a way that helps them as well, such as reading a book.
Textbooks are not the end-all of educational material. Your child should practice reading a wide variety of books, magazines, newspapers and other published material. Have your children read articles on current events and discuss these events together. They’ll be able to analyze situations, a skill they’ll need as an adult.
Just because you follow a curriculum from another source, does not mean you must follow it to the letter. There are often going to be parts of a curriculum that do not suit your child’s learning style or schedule. Be flexible with a curriculum and do not be afraid to drop those parts that are not fitting for your educational plan.
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.
Treat homeschooling like a job. You’re a teacher now, and that means you also have to seek out more education. Professional teachers take “PA” days to attend conferences and training, so you should, too! Find homeschooling events near you or even attend one as a vacation. You’ll find they teach you not only specific topics you might not know a lot about, but also how to be a better teacher and how to plan out homeschooling lessons like a pro.
There is a lot of good being done in public schools; however, when it is not enough, consider homeschooling. The suggestions and information you have read in this article should give you a better understanding of the process and what you can do to make the most of your child’s school time. It is one of the best ways to get the best out of your child.