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Just about anyone can homeschool with these stellar ideas.
There is no perfect way to educate your child.
Whether in public or private schools, there always seem to be challenges in the way. Maybe you’re thinking homeschooling is the way to zap away some of those frustrations that you face as a mom or dad who wants the best education for their child.
Learn more about this exciting adventure through these Naturedad tips: (oh, and, you’re welcome)
Saving Some Cash
Jump on all the back to school sales just as if your child was going to school. You cannot ignore the cost savings of necessities during these sales. Children love to get new school supplies and you can stock up for the entire year easily as long as you have storage room.
While you desire your home schooled student(s) to learn as much or more as their traditionally schooled counterparts, remember that you don’t have to follow as many guidelines when you are the teacher. (Always check your state’s education guidelines for your child. Try different teaching and learning techniques to see what works best for your student. Also, consider using a reward program to make learning more exciting. While you’re at it, build a reward system for yourself.
You Are Not An Island
Just because your kids are the only ones in your neighborhood to be homeschooled doesn’t mean that you’re alone. Not only can you find other homeschooling parents in your city, but you’ll find many groups online who share your philosophy that education begins at home. There are conferences, clubs and even support groups waiting for you to use their resources. There are even cruises! If you take the time to search, you’ll find a bus-load of opportunities lies before you.
Your lessons should be hands-on.
For instance, when learning about foreign cultures, consider cooking traditional recipes from those areas. An example of this is making cabbage rolls when studying Stalin. Just don’t serve them to me. I graduated that action. You could also adapt the recipes to the era you are studying through history lessons or the countries you are talking about during geography classes. When learning with all your senses, it helps the information stick like old gum.
Finding time to cook at big meal at the end of the day can be tough when you are busy homeschooling children. Plan your meals ahead of time and precook as much as you can. Baking a lasagna during the weekend and freezing portions can really be a lifesaver during the week when you don’t feel like cooking.
Springing this life on a child is often exciting, but occasionally you will see a real protest. Before you make the decision to homeschool your child, evaluate the relationship that you have with them. If you do not have a great relationship, you are likely going to have difficulty in getting them to cooperate with homeschooling. Discipline in the home is critical if the child is going to do well in a homeschool setting. Every home has this (or doesn’t). Often, there have been some real “cult-y” type homeschoolers who are such discipline dictators that they give homeschoolers a bad name.
Before you start homeschooling, look into the laws in your state. Your state may require your children to take certain standardized tests. You may also have to register as a private school. Most states have a homeschooler’s association, which can be a valuable resource when researching the laws where you live.
Bribes… I mean, Rewards
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.
School Bus Envy
Don’t try to do things exactly as a school would. One of the benefits of homeschooling is the flexibility; do what works for your child. If he or she is more comfortable sitting on the floor and working, forgo the desk. If math is of particular interest, spend a little more time nurturing that subject. Cater to your child while working through the curriculum.
There is no better time to begin homeschooling than now, and your child will thank you with great grades.
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Are you up for homeschooling? Have you ever considered it? Because you desire the best education for your child, I’m sure you will do the research needed to fully grasp the beauty of homeschooling. Hopefully this article has given you the push you need to learn all you can. If you have any questions or comments about your decision to homeschool, feel free to leave comment or question below.