What does it take to do a great job of homeschooling? Determination, research and organization are the main tenets of a great home classroom. This article will walk you through many other tips and tricks which will help you get your lessons plans in place and find great success in the end.
You don’t have to be perfect! Even teachers make mistakes, and it’s all a part of the learning process for yourself and your children. Take your time, relax and know that you can teach your kids a lot when you do flub. The more mistakes you make, the better a teacher you will become.
Just because you follow a curriculum from another source, does not mean you must follow it to the letter. There are often going to be parts of a curriculum that do not suit your child’s learning style or schedule. Be flexible with a curriculum and do not be afraid to drop those parts that are not fitting for your educational plan.
When you need great ideas, take your kids to the local library or craft store as they often have free classes, clubs or other events. You can get a feel for what your kids like to do, and what they dislike, and keep a logbook so you know what to touch on for lessons down the road.
Schedule field trips with other homeschoolers in your area. Your child will relish the chance to get out of the house and spend time with others in the same age group. Also, when you visit as a group, the rates are often cheaper.
Can you afford to quit your job and homeschool? Have you created a budget to find out? Draft a budget of your current income and expenditures. Now, remove the income of the person who will be staying home. Also, include the cost of supplies, such as lesson materials, writing equipment, paper, etc. Can you afford it now?
Define an area in your home where teaching is to take place. While it may be tempting to let your child do their work anywhere, it’s important to have a defined area in the home that is dedicated to ‘school’. This area needs to be quiet, well-lit and free of all distractions.
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.
Now that you have the knowledge, you must endeavor to organize yourself, find the best resources and truly take over the job of teacher. You have to continually learn as much as you can about the job and how others are getting it done so that you can continue to be a better teacher every day.