My husband and I have been homeschooling our daughter since she was in TK. Although some people thought it was strange, over the past few years, we’ve noticed that as our friends transitioned to jobs and businesses with home-based offices, they’ve also shifted their children to homeschool-based programs. Throughout the years, our daughter has attended homeschool charter school programs that allow us to personally select and teach her curriculum. Now, she attends a virtual program that enables her to interact with her classmates in person, participate in ongoing field trips, access free tutoring, mental health programs, and more. We feel blessed to provide her with the amenities of a private school via this free program. Here are 5 top tips for successful homeschooling.
Each year, the number of children being homeschooled increases. In fact, a recent study from the National Home Education Research Institute found that
However, while homeschooling has many benefits, it’s important to note that it isn’t without its challenges. With that in mind, here are some tips you can follow as a parent to succeed with homeschooling!
Have a routine in mind.
One of the benefits of homeschooling is that it allows for more flexibility when it comes to learning. For example, this means that you do not necessarily need to have “school” at the same time each day. However, the more consistent your schooling routine is, the easier it will be for your child to adapt to this learning style. For example, it means they’ll know what to expect from their day.
Plan your lessons ahead of time.
Planning your lessons or using lesson plans to learn bright is crucial when it comes to homeschooling. After all, it ensures that you’re covering a diverse curriculum and that there will be no gaps left in your child’s education. Furthermore, it makes it easier to structure the time you spend learning, ensuring that your child benefits from your tuition and independent work.
Make learning fun.
Another way in which you can ensure that you succeed when homeschooling is by finding a way to make learning fun. After all, failing to do so could mean your children aren’t engaged in class, which could mean they will not perform well in tests. Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can make learning fun, such as by playing educational games or finding new ways to bring lessons to life.
Encourage your child to pursue their hobbies.
Homeschooling often means that your children do not get to spend as much time with their peers as they would if they were in traditional schooling – though their siblings are likely the best classmates they can ask for. However, it’s still important that they spend time with other children their age and make as many friends as possible, as this can help with their personal development. One way in which you can achieve this goal is by encouraging your child to pursue their hobbies during their free time, placing a particular emphasis on group or team activities!
Don’t forget to take breaks.
While your child may be keen to keep working throughout the day, it’s important that you both take regular breaks when homeschooling. For example, not only should you stop to ensure a delicious lunch, but you should also take a short break in both the morning and afternoon, encouraging your child to spend some time outside.
This will give them a chance to decompress, relax and means that when they return to their desk, they’ll be ready to learn more. If they do not get regular breaks, they will likely feel tired and burned out.
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