If you are embarking on the challenging task of educating your child at home, you do not have to reinvent the wheel. With its 70 years of modern history, American homeschooling has been used by a number of parents to educate their kids. From the experience and wisdom of hose parents, combined with our own experience, we bring you knowledge in the form of seven homeschooling tips that should help you be an awesome homeschooling parent.
1. Before starting your home school, you should check your local laws and regulations and comply with them if they require anything from you.
2. Basic educational skills are essential for you if you want to guide your children properly in their education. You should have reasonably good reading, writing and mathematics; if not, it’s a good idea to join some adult classes to improve on them.
3. Having a good working relationship with your child, apart from having a fruitful thing in itself, will help you a lot in homeschooling your child. Setting goals and complying with them is all the easier if you have clear communications and a healthy relationship with your child.
4. As a parent homeschooling your child, which is not the norm in the present society, you will invite a lot of comments and criticism about that decision. This tip is about being prepared about that criticism – sometimes all the evidence that you put forth proving how better homeschooling is as compared to public education, people will not be convinced. So keep a thick skin, and remain ready for the skeptics.
5. As a parent and a teacher, you should be observant of your child’s needs and feelings. As their sole supervisor, they require you to do that, so that you can do any course correction if required.
6. It is normal for any classroom to become quite stressful , and as a guide and teacher it will help if you have a good sense of humor to help relax your child and yourself.
7. Being a parent itself presents a lot of responsibilities. Added to that, being a teacher to your child, and running a classroom with its daily schedule, lesson plans and activities will mean that you will need to have very good time management and organizing skills if you are to successfully wade through all the jobs that are required of you. If you need to, it would be a good idea to join some classes to get some expert help in improving these skills.
Do not try to implement all of these homeschooling tips at once, unless you are in the process of creating your homeschooling program. Introduce one tip and let it work its way into the regular flow of things and then introduce a second and a third.