The Insider Secrets on How To Home School Your Child
I am here to share my insider secrets with you on how to homeschool your child or children. I am a busy mom of three and wanted a better life for myself and my family, so I too once asked the question of how to start homeschooling. I did it and so can you! This article will cover the basics of how to start homeschooling, how to home school your children and even a few tips for your child on how to be homeschooled. You have already taken the first and very important step by considering this type of education for your child.
Research Your State Laws
The first thing you must do is find out the state laws surrounding homeschooling for your state. Some states require you to register as a private school and others have rules pertaining to standardized tests that you must follow. These are very important to understand and follow. You can’t go wrong if you are prepared. The easiest way to get started with your research and to prepare yourself is to contact your local school district and start asking questions. Write down the answers and ask more questions if you aren’t understanding something.
Choose Your Style
Congratulations! You now have the freedom to decide what to teach your child along with how to teach them. A little research on teaching methods might do you some good here. You know your child best and have experience with how they learn. The greatest thing about homeschooling? If it isn’t working, stop and try something else! Your child will give you immediate feedback and you can cater your teaching to their preferences and learning style. A good tip for both of you is to be patient and flexible with one another. Older children may be fast to tell you what works for them. It may take a little longer for younger children. Just stick with it, no one is perfect at homeschooling and it takes times to see results, just like at a public school!
Because you have the freedom to design your curriculum and style of teaching, organization is going to be key for staying on schedule and on task. There is no one regulating how much time you are spending each day on each task. This is definitely a positive of homeschooling, however, it can also be a challenge for parents who are not extremely organized, strict or good at self-motivating. My best advice is to get a calendar and start planning! Start setting up some goals for the year and work backwards. If you want to accomplish reading chapter books by February, work backwards and figure out when you need to start introducing those lessons. Stick to your calendar (roughly) and try to set goals that are reachable. Organizing a quiet space in your house for focused learning is also an important step in getting organized.
Create a Schedule
Creating a schedule is equally as important as getting organized. There are no tardy slips in homeschooling. Set a schedule for the day and the week. Both with start and end times allowing breaks in between. Obviously if you have a spontaneous opportunity or a teachable moment, don’t let it pass you by just because of the schedule. These moments are the beauty of homeschooling. However, schedules are important because children work best with structure and when they know what to expect, as well as what is expected of them.
Use Community Resources
Don’t forget about the social part of school. Children like to interact with individuals their age with similar likes and interests. Homeschooled children can still participate in public school activities. My son plays soccer for the public school team and has made lots of friends this way. Other community resources include checking in and out library books, connecting with other parents that homeschool their children and even local museums that offer day programs specifically for children that are homeschooled.
Homeschooling your child or children is a great alternative way to provide them with an education as well as a diverse learning environment. Remember to do your research ahead of time on your state laws and regulations surrounding how to home school your child. Choose a method of teaching that best fits your needs as well as your child’s learning style. Get organized by making a schedule and sticking to it. Don’t forget to tap into important community resources that help your child be well-rounded and offer a social element to their homeschooling education. These tips will help you get started on how to homeschool your child, but remember, the world is your classroom, don’t be afraid to use it!