Homeschooling your children provides a number of benefits. An enhanced curriculum, small class sizes, flexibility, and reduced exposure to peer pressure are just some of the advantages. Here are 10 ways to make the most of their home education.
#1: Provide Curriculum Options
Students are traditional schools are subject to learn whatever their teachers have chosen in the way they have chosen. If your child has a choice regarding what to learn and how, they will absorb information more quickly and feel they have an important part in their education.
#2: Identify Your Child’s Learning Style
Standard teachers have to account for several children, and aren’t always aware of the different needs and learning styles of each student. As a parent, however, you can identify whether your child is a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner, and base your lesson plans to cater to their needs.
#3: Designate a Work Space
You should have a separate area of the house where lessons are conducted. For example, sitting on the couch in front of the TV can be too much of a distraction.
#4: Plan Your Week
The best teachers plan their lessons so that they feel organized. A weekly plan provides a guideline and will help you be the most effective teacher possible.
#5: Ask For Feedback
Look at your child as a partner or contributor to his or her educational experience. At the end of each week, ask your child how they felt about certain lessons, what part was their favorite, and what they disliked the most. This will help you refine your curriculum to suit their interests.
#6: Demonstrate Concepts with Real Life Examples
One of the great things about homeschooling is that you can take fieldtrips whenever you want. Studying geology? Head to a local park. Fractions? Use a cake as an example.
#7: Consult the Experts
Be sure to check out free information online for homeschooling parents: blogs, forums, and newsletters are great places to start.
#8: Extracurricular Activities
In order to promote social growth, sign your child up for activities they enjoy outside of the home so they can meet kids that share their interests.
#9: Life Lessons
Standard facts and figures aren’t the only topics worthwhile teaching. Include values and morals and other tools you might want to equip them with in the real world.
#10: Don’t Be a Pushover
Remember that you are responsible for the education your child receives. If your child starts to feel bored or restless, it’s okay to take a break, but don’t let them sit in front of the TV all day every day either.