If you plan to homeschool (or already are), all of the planning and execution can sometimes feel daunting. Have you ever wished someone would sit down and offer simple tips to help you homeschool?
You’ve come to the right place. Below are eight tips that will get you off on the right foot.
1. Give your kids the same responsibilities they would have if they had to get off to school every day.
Getting into a good morning routine will help set the tone for the rest of the day. Having your kids get up, get dressed, eat breakfast, and take care of a few chores is a great way to ensure that everyone, including yourself, is ready to go when school time rolls around.
2. Accept help gratefully and without guilt.
You might find it a struggle to teach your children all day while also taking care of the house. You’ll be drained of energy if you try to handle all of the necessary responsibilities. Although it’s difficult to accept help, it’s also worthwhile. Not only does it lessen your burden, but it also allows someone else the opportunity to lend a hand (we all know the saying, “It’s better to give than to receive” is true).
3. Get your kids involved with hands-on experiences.
When all the senses are used, information is better retained. You could have your children take care of a plant or cook a dish from the country you are studying. For example, a lesson on the history of Germany might include traditional dishes like schnitzel and sauerkraut enjoyed to the tune of polka music.
4. Set short- and long-term goals with your children.
Short-term goals that are easier to reach will ensure that your kids are being positively reinforced frequently. Long-term goals should come with greater rewards so that your kids will be driven to attain them.
5. Don’t forget to set goals for yourself as well.
Include rewards which will drive you to be the best teacher you possibly can be.
6. Make sure that your homeschooled children are up to par with the standard system.
Whether or not you agree with standardized testing and it’s results, by having your children take the same exams as kids in the public schools, you’ll learn valuable information, from how well they test to how they compare to children in public school. Giving your children the opportunity to practice these tests may also come in useful later in life as they prepare for college.
7. Consider yourself a facilitator rather than an instructor.
You are there to help your children, not lecture them for hours on end. Allow them to do their studies on their own and help them with any questions that they may have. You could very well learn as much as your child does if you take the time to learn with them instead of lecturing them.
8. Use Miss Humblebee’s Academy
Miss Humblebee’s Academy is a supplemental tool that can be used to assess what a child knows while also preparing your child for academic kindergarten success. Miss Humblebee’s Academy has hundreds of offline and online lessons with ongoing weekly progress reports emailed directly to the parents. Try your free 7 day trial of Miss Humblebee’s Academy today.
As you have seen, homeschooling your children is a great way to give them an excellent education. By homeschooling, your child will learn from one of his best teachers: his parents.