We learn new things throughout our entire lives. Schools can aid this process, but for some children, parents are the best teachers. Homeschooling isn’t simple, so we’ve written this article to provide you with some tips to make it successful.
Remember that kids don’t have the kind of attention spans that adults do, so they need breaks to do well. Hours of learning will not keep their level of excitement to the point where they want to learn. Let them play or simply relax. Everyone will benefit.
Have you considered the financial hit you may take by homeschooling your kids? If can no longer work, that is a major issue. Homeschooling means you will have less time for yourself and for accomplishing the household chores.
Lesson planning is important but don’t forget to plan your budget for materials. Once you establish the resources that you need and the cost of any field trips that you need to take, you will be able to develop a working school year budget. Establish a budget for each of your child’s supplies and materials. Be slightly flexible in your budget in case there are unexpected costs.
Get in touch with the state Homeschool Association to discover laws and guidelines you have to follow. Some states are stricter than others, requiring parents to register as private schools. Others only require that your child complete certain standardized tests. Also, get in touch with the school district that’s local so they know what your status is and so that you don’t get charged with truancy.
List all the pros and cons you can think of about public school, and then create a list about homeschooling. Use your list while you develop lessons in order to make certain you are filling the gaps you saw in public school education. You can use this method as a checklist to make sure you focus on the right things and avoid the wrong things when you teach your children. Go back to this list regularly if you need guidance with your lesson plans.
Your classroom has to be clean, quiet and free from distractions. It should be separate from the areas where your child plays. If there is no built-in storage where your child studies, provide a box to hold all of your child’s supplies and learning materials.
Don’t be too focused on academic work. Allow your child breaks to play and let out their pent up energy. This is a great way to improve concentration as well. Work these breaks into your school schedule, and let your child know when their next break will be.
One instructional method that seems to give good results is a method called “unit study.” With the unit study method, you only study one topic at a time. It will help you dig deeper into the different topics. Perhaps you will focus on classical music for six weeks. At the end of this lesson, go on a field trip to watch a performance so they can see classical music first hand. Your child will never forget this lesson.
Even parents as teachers have to keep learning as homeschool progresses. Hopefully after reading this article you now have a better understanding of how to learn and grow as a teacher. You will be sure that you will be giving your kids a great homeschooling experience.