So you and your child have both agreed that homeschooling is the best option. Now what? This is a very overwhelming topic that can be rather easy. The most important this is that your child is comfortable in his/her new learning environment. Every kids learns differently and this should be taken into serious consideration. One student can be a visual learner while another student learns a lot better by being hands on.
Six steps to getting started on homeschooling
1. Learn the educational rules of your state. Just like the public and private schools follow a curriculum, so does homeschooling. One important thing to keep in mind is that homeschooling is not regulated by the federal government as schools do but instead is regulated differently per state. This is very important to look into to make sure that you are following all the necessary guidelines.
2. Locate local activities and nearby homeschoolers Depending on the state, there are different local help groups that revolve around homeschooling. They can help you make the adaptation to your child being taught at home. They also have the ability to enroll your child in any field trip, local activity, classes, outings, etc. Just like we mentioned in our other blog ( homeschooling affects social life) we don’t want out child to become socially isolated.
3. Explore available homeschooling methods The best thing about students being homeschooled is that they don’t have to continue the same rules and principles that they did while they were attending school. Like I mentioned earlier, before they begin homeschooling, take some time to “deschool” or learn how your child learns best. This is a great time for you to learn about your child and their specific needs. Once this has been established, you can set up your home how your child likes it best.
4. Find your learning resources Once you have gone through steps 1-3 then consider buying a homeschool curriculum. Many parents make the mistake of investing on the curriculum without learning the way that their child learns best and this is turn causes frustration for their child and the parents.
5. Attend homeschooling conventions and events Reach out to parents that have already gone through the process and are successful in doing so. Learn what they did correct and follow their steps and learn what they did wrong so you don’t make the same mistakes. Through conventions, you can also learn about your support groups and who you can contact when you or your child needs help.
6. Incorporate your support network As a parent you need to have a strong support group. You need someone to tell your accomplishments and frustrations to. This can be a family member, significant other, friend, coworker, etc. As mentioned earlier this is a learning process for you and your child. And with any learning process you need a lot of patience.
Homeschooling is a great benefit that we have nowadays for our children. By following all of the before mentioned steps this transition can be quite simple. You might be surprised at the improvement that your child makes just by making this change!