First time homeschooling your kids and need some help?
Don’t worry. Take a deep breath, calm yourself down and follow our 7 tips for a good homeschool experience:
1. Why Are You Homeschooling?
Before you begin, you should take note of what made you pursue homeschooling in the first place.
Is it because the closest school is an hours’ commute, or that there aren’t any good institutions in your area? Along the way you’ll also list down your goals for your child’s education. Part of being a teacher is in creating a chart to map your child’s progress and listing your short and long term goals.
For example, short term means you want your child to be able to read, while long term may mean that you want your child to learn addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
2. Learn Everything and Start Over
You will need to be assertive and make sure that the topics you’re teaching are up to date and still relevant in today’s world.
Don’t think that the things you’ve learned while you were studying will be enough for your children. Gather all the teaching tools, materials and content you can find that’s appropriate for the grade level and start learning over.
You will also need to become a better teacher. Read up on teaching courses and teaching books to learn the ins and outs of effective teaching. Brush up on topics that aren’t your best suit and reinforce your knowledge with the ones you’re best familiar with.
Teaching effectively means you’ll be passing on your knowledge in a way that your child will completely understand. Personalise your lesson plan, i.e, do more outdoor learning if your kid is a hands-on learner.
3. Get a Tutor For Supplemental Learning
You could be a genius in science and be mediocre in math. Of course you’ll want your child to get the best possible education under your care, so getting an online tutor should be on your homeschool must-do list.
Get a tutor who has had experience in teaching both in homeschool and classrooms. The tutor can also pass on invaluable insights or tips on his own that you may find helpful.
4. Check Local Regulations
What are the requirements for your homeschooling to be considered legitimate?
It’s your responsibility to find out what you need to meet homeschooling regulations. Look it up, list everything down and follow through with what you need. Make sure to complete all paperwork and the pre-requisites before you write down your lesson plan.
5. Set Out A Plan For Socializing
One of the most important things your child will be missing out on is the socialization aspect.
The good thing about today’s society is that there are numerous homeschool associations that you can join for extracurricular activities. You can have your child sign up for different sports, activities, hobbies and clubs. Moreover, you can have your child go on a field trip or go as part of a learning group.
Life skills are another vital aspect of growing up. Dedicate enough time for teaching these skills and having your child observe tasks such as tying up his or her shoes, learning to cross the road, directions, etc.
Dedicate a “Classroom” Space
You will want to assign a specific part of your house for learning purposes. Your “classroom” should be well-lit, is conducive for learning and quiet enough so you won’t be disturbed while class is in session. Prepare a table, some chairs, a blackboard or a whiteboard, some markers, books, paper, etc.
Explain the routine to your child. He or she must be ready and dressed for school and come in at 7 am, for example. Set a schedule for breaks and time for different subjects.
- Learning Should Be Fun!
Fun is a luxury not all learning institutions have, so make sure your homeschool has it.
It’s easy to start cramming all the information you have for the day and not think about anything else. But you and your child will be missing out on the benefits of homeschooling. The lesson plan is just a rough draft that you can fashion to your own liking. Why not add some fun and creativity while you’re at it?
You can go out and start exploring the kinds of flowers in your neighborhood, or make dessert after a particularly tough subject matter. Make it fun so your child will look forward to the next day!