To homeschool or not to homeschool, that is a tough question which many parents face. The best way to make a decision is to know as much as possible, and even after you take the plunge, you must continue to learn. This article provides all the information you need to provide a great homeschool environment.
Every state has specific laws regarding homeschooling. It is up to you to understand what your state requires of you as a parent, and your child as a student, when it comes to homeschooling. Look at your state’s educational website, as well as your county school board’s site to fully understand the expectations.
Figure out what motivates your children. The same thing will not motivate all children, so find a motivational tool for each child and use it. Keep your rewards age appropriate and reward your children for accomplishing each of their school goals for the year. They will work hard for the things that make them happy.
Follow the lead of your child regarding homeschooling. While you may be tempted to homeschool your child all the way to graduation, he or she may not feel the same way. As your child gets older, the idea of regular school may become more appealing. Always listen to your child, and take the time to look into all available options.
When you go on vacation, take your lesson plan with you. Include your vacation in your home classroom so that your kids can truly enjoy their schooling. Have them keep a scrapbook of the event, or take a video which they turn into an amazing family adventure later. Take them to cultural locations and teach them about the area, then have them reenact wars or important historical situations. There is so much to learn around the world, don’t let it pass them by!
Give the kids your housework, or hire someone. You cannot do everything. Cleaning and cooking are two responsibilites that you can ask for help with. Delegate some duties to your children and even partner up with friends to trade off tasks.
Find other homeschoolers in your area. People get into homeschooling for a number of reasons these days. You might find some parents that decide to homeschool for the same reasons you did and have the same values. This will be a great resource if you do not know what you are doing initially.
Offer your children incentives from completing their lessons. This can be extra free time, less homework or even additional television time. By using incentives, you can help your child learn the importance of completing their tasks and how it will relate to working in the real world when they grow up.
Research the resources available in your area. Certain establishments may have special classes or activities designed particularly for homeschooled children. You may also get discounts on cultural events in the area. Also, do not forget about the Internet. There is a wealth of knowledge on different forums and websites that is easy to access.
The advantage about homeschooling is that you can be creative in the way you teach your child. Do not limit yourself to just activities at home. Take your child to different places and teach him on site. He can learn about nature at a national park, or history at a historical site. This keeps learning interesting and fun.
Remember that curricula and books are only tools. Having “superior” tools and lesson plans does not mean that success is guaranteed. Tools are important, but they are not everything. Everyone will have their preferred materials when it comes to homeschooling, whether by preference or what they can afford. The point is to make it work for your desired curriculum.
If your library sells donated books, visit it regularly. Teachers will often donate the materials they are finished with. Don’t fear the boxes with photocopied stuff. These can often have some of the best items. Take the time to look through them. This is inexpensive and helps support your library!
Armed with a vast cache of knowledge, you can now prepare lesson plans like a pro, teach your kids in ways which work and even make learning fun. This learning cannot stop here, of course, and you must keep reading and talking to others to expand your knowledge and better your homeschooling ways.