There are many outlets when it comes to education. Of course, there is the option of traditional public school. Private schools provide another, if rather expensive option. If public or private schools are not options for you, you should consider homeschooling. Does that sound like an appealing idea? If you answered in the affirmative, keep reading.
Before setting up a homeschool, check the local and state education laws. Laws and regulations regarding the number of days you must home school your child vary by state. Some states have prepared lessons that you can use, but in many cases, you’ll need to roll your own. Usually, it is a good idea to follow the lead of the school district when setting your school year.
Meanwhile, you probably don’t want your children mixed up with the wrong crowd at a public school, they still external social interaction. Schedule play dates with neighbors, friends or relatives. Walk your kids to any local park and have them interact with other children. Look into sports teams, clubs or other organizations.
Give them hands-on lessons when you teach your kids. For instance, when teaching about foreign cultures, find some relevant recipes to cook with your kids. When learning about China, have them make noodles. Prepare dishes and snacks from the countries you are studying or help your children put together some costumes from the historical periods you studied. Teaching in a multidimensional style will bring learning to life for kids.
Use family trips as learning opportunities. Include visits to local cultural attractions which your kids can learn about. Look for ways to incorporate these visits into your curriculum. It will be a fun family adventure, while also being an informational learning experience.
Research your state’s laws regarding homeschooling. The website for HSLDA has information on the laws in your region. A homeschooling organization can help prepare you for a conversation with your local Board of Education. The support such an organization will be able to give you should more than make up for any annual membership fees you are charged.
Weigh the positives and negatives of homeschooling and public schooling. This list can guide you as you develop your lessons so that you can make sure that your children are learning everything that that was missing at public school. It can be a checklist to help you know what to avoid and what to do. Store it in a secure spot and return to it often.
Create opportunities which allow your child to socialize with people his or her own age. You must think outside of the box since your child is not attending public school. Form a group with other parents who home school and take field trips together. Have your kids play on local sports teams. Another great way to socialize your kids is to get them involved in the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
Kids learn best in a homeschool environment. When you decide to try homeschooling, give these tips a try. When your kids enjoy it, it’ll be a fruitful endeavor.