Homeschooling is an option that a parent can choose at any time, but what does this decision entail? Parents have to weigh the pros and cons of homeschooling versus formal education to see if homeschooling is the option for their child’s developmental needs. When a parent decides that they want to give all that they have to their children’s education – hands on – then they have made a decisive step towards the decision to home school.
Homeschooling is more than teaching a few lessons a day to your child. It involves a whole host of responsibilities, both within the home and to the school district of your town. Parents have to be ready to make the home more condusive to learning, and they have to be prepared to be the main source of their child’s education.
Additionally, parents have to contact their school district to follow the local guidelines for homeschooling their children. Reporting may be required, which will keep record of your child’s educational progress, and your child may have to participate in local testing procedures. If these are not insurmountable tasks, then homeschooling may be for you.
One of the most important aspects of deciding to home school is to have a lot of patience with and for your child. Unlike the children who leave early in the morning to catch the bus, your child will be home with you the entire day. Be prepared to work through your day with your child’s demands for attention. This is not as difficult as it may seem at first, as you will also see that your child will develop a peaceful acceptance – with less resistance and difficulty – to their parent’s commitment to their education.
As a homeschooling parent, you are right for the job. There are no special qualifications or limitations on your potential as an educator. Your efforts can be dynamic, as you can always learn something new to share with your child. Most of all, you will gain the love and respect from your child as you watch your child grow within your nurturing environment.
Some of the areas of concern for homeschooling parents is what curriculum and textbooks to use, and how to set the most effective schedule. Regarding the curriculum and books, you can start by requesting this information from your local school district. They are usually willing and welcoming of sharing their curriculum standards with homeschooling parents, to help the parents align their education to the school’s…read more