Advice That Works – From Seasoned Homeschooling Parents
What does it take to do a great job of homeschooling? Determination, research, story books and organization are the central tenets of an excellent home classroom. This article will walk you through many other tips and tricks which will help you get your lesson plans in place and find great success in the end.
Teach your kids how to follow instructions by giving them a recipe that fits their capabilities and have them follow it on their own. They should start by creating a list for the grocery, then pay for it and understand the change they get through a little math lesson (you can even throw in tax information), and then create and enjoy their masterpiece in the end.
Follow the lead of your child regarding homeschooling. While you may be tempted to homeschool your child to graduation, he or she may not feel the same way. As your child gets older, the idea of regular school may become more appealing. Always listen to your child, and take the time to look into all available options.
While you want your homeschooled student(s) to learn as much or more as their traditionally schooled counterparts, remember that you don’t have to follow any guidelines when you are the teacher. Try different teaching and learning techniques to see what works best for your student. Also, consider using a reward program to make learning more exciting.
Are you thinking about homeschooling more than one child? If so, you will want to think about setting expectations and discipline for children of differing ages. Without setting forth clear expectations for behavior, keeping everyone focused, and making progress may be impossible. Be honest with yourself about the areas of discipline in which you are lacking. Work on these honestly and diligently so that your homeschooling project will have a greater chance of success.
Read a variety of titles to ensure that your child receives a well-rounded education. How-to articles can give you a variety of hands-on activities to do with your child. Before your child begins studying a specific subject such as World History, visit your local library and check out a children’s history book along with an age-appropriate book. Use the children’s history book to give you a broad overview of the information that should be taught, and use the other book for specific information to include in your lesson plan.
Remember that curricula and books are only tools. Having “superior” tools and lesson plans does not mean that success is guaranteed. Tools are essential, but they are not everything. Everyone will have their preferred materials for homeschooling, whether by preference or what they can afford. The point is to make it work for your desired curriculum.
Keep your schedule flexible. There is no need to complete one thing in a set amount of time. If you find that your children are enjoying a particular subject, stick with it. There is plenty of time to teach them what they need to learn. Staying flexible will reduce the levels of stress that can be incorporated with homeschooling.
Take advantage of the subjects that your kids enjoy. If you find one thing that each of them loves, you should be able to take something from that subject and apply it to other subjects as well. If your kids enjoy what you are doing with them while teaching them, it will be much more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Now that you know, you must endeavor to organize yourself, find the best resources, and truly take over the teacher’s job. You have to continually learn as much as you can about the job and how others are getting it done so that you can continue to be a better teacher every day.