It’s one of the biggest decisions you’ll be making for your family if you choose to homeschool your child. The commitment and energy you must put into your child’s education at home will be consistently challenging as well as rewarding. Most importantly, before you make the decision to homeschool your child, ask your family the significant reason behind the decision. Everyone in the family must agree it is the right decision before you can carry through. There are some pre-requisites a parent must have in order to be qualified to teach their child at home. Academically, the parent should have basic educational skills such as adept writing, reading and math. People skills wise, you must have strong relationship and communication skills. The communication must be two ways and the relationship must be a healthy one, because getting along with your child is a key to succeeding in homeschooling,. On top of that, you need to be able to observe your child’s needs and struggles and be able to assist them to help them overcome learning challenges. And finally, be responsible for your own energy. Children are very sensitive to their surroundings and would definitely learn better if they have a parent who has a good sense of humour, flexible with changes and knows when to be patient.
Plan your curriculum year
Just because you decide to teach your child at home doesn’t mean you don’t have to follow the state’s homeschooling laws and legal requirements. Make all the necessary research as to the curriculum you need to follow as a teacher so your child can have an equal education compared to those who attend public schools. Once you have all the necessary information, it’s time to plan your learning schedules ahead of time. Try to incorporate your child’s style of learning to the learning schedule. Do they learn better with several subjects at the same time, or do they learn better when they can concentrate on one subject a week at a time.
Review successes and improvement opportunities
So you’ve gone through the year and it’s time to review what worked for you and your child and what needs improvement. If the pros are more than the cons, than it’s a good indication you should keep homeschooling your child. However, if it doesn’t seem to be working, you must be honest of the situation and do what’s best for your child. Could the public school have done a better job than what you’ve taught your child in the last year? These are healthy honest questions to ask your family before you carry on to the next school year. If you do decide to continue educating your child at home, there are always improvements to make. Include your child in this process because it teaches them responsibility as well as life skills.
Guest post written by Joanna of Bassinet Style, Stroller Life and The Right Futon. A freelance writer that dotes on family values and environmental issues. A little bit about myself, I am a freelance writer that dotes on family values and environmental issues.
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