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.
When you have a variety of ages in your homeschool environment, you can use older students to teach the younger ones. This is especially true of reading, where those who read well can read to the younger kids, pointing out words they may not be able to read on their own yet.
Learning isn’t restricted to your children – you also have to learn as much as you can about the topics you teach, how to teach more effectively and how to run an efficient homeschool. You can find a plethora of information online on blogs, websites and through videos and podcasts. Locate experts in the field and follow what they share. Pick up books and keep them as references. The more you know, the more your kids will learn.
If you are teaching both younger and older children, make sure that you have one on one time with them. Prepare a space with some toys and crafts for your preschoolers. Your students can help teach them by reading to them or counting with them, too. The interaction will benefit everyone because your older children will gain confidence and the younger children will enjoy doing things like their older siblings do.
Many parents are nervous and insecure about their ability to effectively home-school their children. To bolster your confidence, think about how much you have already taught the child you plan to home school. Chances are; they have learned everything they know from you, including important educational fundamentals like vocabulary.
To help your student learn even the most complex concepts, it helps to understand what he/she finds most interesting. It is much easier to engage a student who has taken an active interest in the subject at hand. As the teacher, you have the responsibility for maintaining structure but this does not mean your pupil can’t determine the direction as well. Seeking your student’s input ups the ante and facilitates active learning.
Check your local library for resources. This is a free way to get material. Not only are traditional educational books available, you can also look around for other learning material. Find interesting books to share with your children. You will be amazed at how much the library has to offer!
Spend a little time networking. Use the Internet to find families in your area that are homeschooling, and arrange activities together. It is also beneficial to connect with people across the country, as you can share ideas and techniques with one another. You will also have a support system when/if things get a little difficult.
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.