Private schools are getting ever more expensive, but what can we do instead? Homeschooling is one option. The decision to remove your child from a formalized learning environment is not one to ever be taken lightly. Read on for some insight and advice that can help you decide whether you want to homeschool your child.
Homeschooling doesn’t mean you have to be their only teacher. Involve other experts, be it the Baker at the local bakery or your nearby librarian. Family members and friends can step in and help, too. The more teachers you provide, the broader the knowledge base your children will end up with.
Find out what your state has in place as far as homeschooling regulations. Some states have very strict rules with many hoops you have to jump through, so you must find out what your state requires of you before you get started. Some states are more lax, so start researching today!
Find an ideal spot at home for your school work space. You will need a place that your child is comfortable in, but is not filled with distractions. Your child should have enough room to act, dance, do some arts and crafts, relax and of course read and write. You should also have the ability to check on them at all times in the area.
Can you afford to quit your job and homeschool? Have you created a budget to find out? Draft a budget of your current income and expenditures. Now, remove the income of the person who will be staying home. Also, include the cost of supplies, such as lesson materials, writing equipment, paper, etc. Can you afford it now?
Don’t forget the ‘social’ side of school. A child gains much more from school than simply academics. Make sure that your child is involved in activities that a school offers such as sports and music. This can be achieved by meeting other homeschool parents and organizing extra curricular activities at the end of the school day or the weekend.
If you have kids in the home that are not yet school age, spend some quality time with them prior to starting the day’s lessons with the older kids. If they can get their fill of attention time before you get busy with the older kids, they are likely going to be able to entertain themselves while you work.
Determine which approach to homeschooling you will follow. You may decide to follow a traditional curriculum, setting up a “classroom” within your home. On the other hand, you might decide to “unschool,” allowing your kids to play a large role in defining their educations. Take your kids’ learning styles and personalities into consideration when choosing an approach.
Be sure that you learn what your state’s requirements are in regard to homeschooling. This will ensures you to remain in compliance in the grade level that you are teaching and fulfill the number of hours that you must teach. When you are not in compliance, you risk your child’s ability to get accepted into college.
The goal of homeschooling is to instill knowledge in your child or teen, but it should also be viewed as something more. You have a rare opportunity to use learning as a means of bonding and interacting with each other in a way most parents never get. Highlight the student’s accomplishments in your “classroom” just as you would for those earned in a traditional learning environment.
Getting the best education for your child can feel daunting. Public and even private schools may not give your kids what they need. After reading this article, however, you can create an educational plan and carry it out. Just remember the advice you read here. It is also very important that you learn everything you can about homeschooling.