There is renewed interest in home education for a variety of different reasons.
Whether you child has mental or physical disabilities that impede their ability to learn in a traditional classroom or you are looking for an approach to education that follows your ideologies and values, there are many opportunities for those who choose home education.
Some of the public school systems have begun to offer delivery of the traditional curriculum in online mediums, but there are also supplemental facilities and companies that can help you educate your children.
Places like the Tutor Doctor specialize in offering courses and assistance for the areas where you may struggle but yet are important to your child’s education. However, there are some helpful tips that you can implement to cultivate a culture of learning within your home and educational pursuits.
Four Key Tips
1. It’s going to look different from what you know.
Many think that they can recreate the traditional classroom in their home but without the desks and the technology. However, your educational goals should be in tune with what your child needs.
This approach can alter the way your curriculum is presented, the time in which you do the work, and even the location. Don’t stress over what it looks like. Your goal is to educate.
2. Don’t get caught in people’s opinions.
If you have decided to home school your children, the opinions you get will be both positive and negative. It’s not about what other people think, but about what is best for your child’s learning needs.
A common concern is a lack of socialization, but consider all of the opportunities to learn quality character traits more organically than a crowded classroom with dozens of personalities in play. There are also many homeschool social groups that can be utilized for field trips and group classes.
3. Take your role seriously, but flexibly.
If you are going to educate at home, you become responsible for the learning that occurs. Look at your role more of a facilitator than a teacher, helping to discover new things and understanding topics in a different light. Your learning style may not be that of your child’s, and it can do more damage to force them into your way of thinking.
Be firm with your expectation but willing to compromise on how they are achieved. Develop goals and path to achieve them, but make sure your role is supportive and encouraging even when they seem to take a different turn.
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4. Take advantage of seasoned veterans.
It might be intimidating to be around those who have homeschooled for years, but other homeschooling families will be a huge support system. They can share their experiences, but also give you tips on resources, discounted rates at local events, and group activities. Because everyone’s schedule isn’t a traditional eight hour school day, you may find you have more time to socialize and build on these connections.
Becoming a home educator is a serious decision and one that should only be made once you have reviewed the legal requirements of your state. If you feel this an avenue to pursue with your children, connect with others at curriculum fair or local group so you can get a complete picture of what it will take to be successful.
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