Many parents are opting into homeschooling so they can have more control over their child’s education. If you’re thinking about homeschooling your child but don’t know where to begin – here are some guidelines to get you started.
Is this a good fit for my child and my family?
First things first, before you even begin to dive into a curriculum, think about why you are considering homeschool. Are you having an issue with your current education system? Is it the popular thing to do? Do you want your child to learn specific things? Whatever your reasoning, first weigh out how it will affect your child especially if they are coming from an environment where there is a large population of children. Even if you just want your child to have specialized attention, this can be a culture shock and not always fit for every child.
What are the social repercussions?
You might think it’s an excellent idea but your child may not quickly adjust to not having their friends around. While parents often tell their child that they go to school to learn not to play, playing is an essential part of a child’s social development. Whether you are homeschooling at your home or putting your child in a community home school, please ensure that the social interaction with other children their age still occurs.
Where do I start?
Although you are coming out of the mainstream system to a more private one, there are still rules to follow. All schools despite the type, are mandated on different levels, and according to where you live, things may vary from state to state or country to country. Make sure that you are knowledgeable about what applies to you for homeschool purposes.
What the benefits?
The advantages of homeschool are vast. Depending on what you are looking for, you can tailor the curriculum to exactly what you wish your child to learn. Some homeschool their children for religious purposes and can add in-depth religious knowledge practices to their curriculum. Others may want to focus on certain other things more heavily. Whatever the case, your child can benefit from customized learning.
What about my qualifications
All is needed is some dedication. The fact that you’re looking this deeply into a system that will focus on your child speaks to your skills. As long as you are committed to doing what’s best for your child, the job is yours.
What about other homeschool communities?
This isn’t something that you have to do alone. Find others in your area who are homeschooling and join, or create, a support group. Together you can discuss your challenges and your triumphs.
The time factor
Get organized. Remember the 5Ps. Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. It doesn’t matter if you are the teacher or not; it is imperative that you get organized and stay that way. Making the switch is for your child. Therefore they deserve the best of you and will get that if you are prepared. Your days don’t have to be the same but consistency, and a plan bodes well not only for your child but you as well. Having some routine is imperative for you both. The time you spent before doing other things will now most likely belong to your child. Consider the fact that your day is now almost solely theirs.
The stress of it all
Taking this leap can seem overwhelming but do not panic. Once you have a support system in place, connect with your community and become organized, you may find that homeschooling is more enjoyable than you anticipated and the time you spend with your child will be invaluable.
How does my child feel
Parents know best, yes, but the child’s opinion matters too. Ask them how they feel about this new way of learning. Calm any anxieties that they may have and set the stage for a great learning and bonding experience for your child. Focus on their interests and design learning activities around the subject. This is a way that you can make every interaction a learning one.
Tap into your resources
Homeschool might be new to you, but you are not alone. There are endless ways that you can go about transitioning your child to this new way of learning. Take advantage of all the resources available to you. Read up on articles that outline other families experiences. This will help you decide what the best route to take for you and your family is.
Written by: Joyanne Lawrence, Staff Writer, Modern Domestic
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