From the moment we are born to the moment we die, we are constantly learning new things. Most people go to school for intensive learning during the first 20 or so years of life, but some parents find it more effective to teach their children themselves. Homeschooling can be hard, but this advice can help you through it a positive way.
When you are forming a curriculum, make sure that it abides by laws and regulations. Different school districts have varying requirements on how many days a child must be homeschooled, or how the lesson plans should be structured. While there is sometimes a specific curriculum set by the state, some states also require parents to create and submit their own curriculum. Most of the time, you should base your homeschooling year on that of the school district.
Don’t rely solely on textbooks! Children learn from all reading material, from magazines and newspapers to comic books. Ask your kids to talk to you about current events in the newspapers so that you can teach them to think about what they’re reading about life. This will also help them to think critically.
Learning can be done all day, every day. One of the advantages of homeschooling is that you can make anything part of the “curriculum.” Being well spoken is a part of you child’s education so pay attention to their speaking ability and coach them when needed. Cooking in another venue that can teach children important math skills such as measurements and temperatures. It will help your kid learn quicker.
Before making the decision to homeschool, educate yourself. Do not let your new role as a teacher overwhelm you. Join some classes, workshops or seminars if you need help with teaching methods and strategies. If you are already homeschooling your children you should still go to these meetings.
Hands-on practice is very important for your child’s learning process. You could take a field trip, do some experiments, collect some specimen or even cook an exotic dish. For instance, your children may cook perogies and cabbage rolls to go along with a lesson about Stalin. When doing a unit on World War II, perhaps you could make some regional foods from the countries that were involved in the conflict. Your children can learn more by engaging all five of their senses in holistic lessons like this.
Even the teachers need to see it as a learning experience. Articles such as this one can help ensure that you are reaching your full potential as an educator. In this way,you can be sure of always providing the highest quality education.