Deciding to teach your child at home is a decision that may seem like it is simple. That is far from the truth. In fact, it is much more difficult to teach a child yourself than to have them enroll in a traditional school setting. Here are several tips that will make the process a lot simpler for you.
If you have a new baby and/or a very small toddler, homeschooling can be tough with an older child. You need to set up specific times to address each child’s needs. Find activities that both like. Make sure each child’s needs are met. You may find some opportunities, such as at mealtime, when they can bond and learn together, each at his or her own stage.
While most states require that homeschooling programs teach a standardized core curriculum, the fact that you are working one-on-one with your student also usually translates to significantly more free time. Consider allowing your child to choose which elective courses they want to take to fill this time, or hire a tutor to supplement comprehension in the tougher subjects.
It is okay to use computers when homeschooling your children, do not completely rely on them. As you probably already know, computers are very prone to problems like viruses and freezes. Because of these problems, it is important that you continue to use textbooks and other physical materials as well.
You expect your kids to be organized, so you have to be, too. You need to have your lesson plans in place long before you start them. You have to have lists of resources, materials at the ready and all the supplies you think they or you might need over time.
Before you start homeschooling your child, go to a few events designed to educate potential homeschoolers. It’s not hard to become overwhelmed when you’re a new home school teacher. Seminars and classes offer hands-on guidance and inspiration for nearly every aspect of the homeschooling experience. If you’re already homeschooling, it wouldn’t hurt to attend these as part of your on-going education.
Determine which approach to homeschooling you will follow. You may decide to follow a traditional curriculum, setting up a “classroom” within your home. On the other hand, you might decide to “unschool,” allowing your kids to play a large role in defining their educations. Take your kids’ learning styles and personalities into consideration when choosing an approach.
Do not get stuck on one homeschooling curriculum. You may find that your child is not doing well with the curriculum that you have chosen. There are several on the market for you to choose from. Your child might even do well to combine more than one program. Using different programs in one home is perfectly acceptable, so find the one that works best with your child and get started.
Now that you are armed with some great tips about homeschooling, you are now on your way to being a great teacher. Do not worry if some of your subjects are a little rusty. The best part about homeschooling is teaching something to your children while you learn new things in the process.