As everything in the world changes, homeschooling has become more necessary than ever. The concept has been growing for the past few years but it gained more recognition as schools closed over the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, many parents are still new to the concept and might not know what to do or avoid. Here are some dos and don’ts of homeschooling your children.
Consult Other Parents
Homeschooling is more than just educating your children. It’s a community and parents often get together to offer support. Therefore, if you’re new to it, you can find fellow homeschooling parents in your area who are more experienced. There are also online platforms hosted by experienced homeschoolers where you can share your issues.
The first few months can be stressful as you try to catch up with homeschooling your kids. However, once you get into the rhythm of things, don’t forget to have fun. One mistake most parents make is that they’re too strict which ruins your relationships with your children. Remember that building a loving relationship is part of homeschooling.
Plan School Holidays
Most homeschooling parents plan their holidays around the same time as regular school holidays. That way, your children can mingle with their friends who are in regular schools. On the other hand, you could pick dates when regular schools are open so that there are less commotion and congestion at your holiday destination.
Change The Scenery
One of the best parts of homeschooling is that you can do it from anywhere. Therefore, if your children seem bored with being inside, you can move your class to the garden or balcony. The outdoorsy atmosphere will not only boost their immunity but also it may help them retain more information. This may also be good for you to boost your mood and energy levels.
Use Teaching Services
If you’re struggling with a particular topic or you simply need a break for homeschooling, you can seek the help of a tutor or a professional teacher. Since they’re more skilled, they’ll be able to offer their expertise in teaching your child. However, this shouldn’t be a regular thing as it may confuse your child’s learning process.
Ignore Your Kids
Homeschooling is more preferable to regular schooling since it engages the child on a personal level. Therefore, don’t give your children a bunch of assignments to do the whole day. Sit with them every now and then and figure out what they’re most interested in. If they’re done with their schoolwork early, encourage them to pick up something they’re passionate about.
Expect Too Much
It’s natural to go into something new with high hopes but the fewer expectations you have, the less you’ll be disappointed. Set achievable standards for yourself and your children instead. Whether it’s finishing a curriculum or passing tests, remember that the learning process has its ups and downs.
Second Guess Yourself
Homeschooling requires full commitment for both your child and yourself. Therefore, you simply need to go with your instincts and stick to your decisions.
The whole point of homeschooling your children is that they don’t follow the regular school system. Avoid doing “what a teacher would do” and don’t compare your children’s progress with those in regular schools. You can adopt different styles of homeschooling such as Montessori or eclectic.
Homeschooling parents may suggest various activities and coursework to you that you’ll want to try with our kids. However, if you’re children aren’t ready to engage in certain activities, don’t force it. Let it go and allow things to take their course.
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