Starting Your Homeschool
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For some reason you’ve decided to homeschool. Congratulations, according to me it is the best decision you have made so far.
It might be because you don’t like or agree with the curriculum of the public schools? Or maybe you don’t want your child to be exposed to the pressure before you’ve taught your child right and wrong?
Possibly it could also be because you’d like your child to attend private school but you just don’t have the finances to afford it.
Another possibility is that your child is a special needs child, ADHD, maybe slower than normal and you don’t trust the public schools to give him/her the special attention that you know they need.
Sometimes the school just interferes too much, take your child to this psychologist, that occupational therapist, try this program and so on, I am sure if you've been through this, you will understand exactly what I am talking about. Then the psychologist and doctor puts your child on Ritalin and you don't know your child anymore.
Whatever the reason, you’ve decided that you, as a parent, can do a better job of attending to and nurturing your child’s educational growth and learning than other alternatives available to you.
If you’re new to this, you’ll find that the biggest problem that you’ll encounter is that there’s almost no way to generalize the home school concept, because each case is different. There is no right and wrong. In fact – probably one of the unstated reasons you’ve chosen to do home schooling and one of the main benefits is that you get to pretty much create your own set of right and wrong rules.
You set the curriculum. And depending on what state you live in, you choose the instructional materials, the books, the hours, and so on.
And on the negative side, when you run into difficulties with your students (i.e., your kids) you and your family will have to resolve them yourself, with little or no help from the state.
No matter what your approach there are two things you are going to have to do:
1. EDUCATE YOURSELF:
You’re going to have to educate yourself about home schooling. This means renting or buying home school educational dvd’s. You should also make it a point to read books written by ordinary people who have gone through the very things you’re about to so you can avoid making their mistakes with your kids. The best way to learn is from other people’s mistakes, they don’t cost you anything!!
You can also look at the links page on this site to see some amazing homeschooling ideas to help you decide it you want to do this.
2. FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH LAWS OF YOUR STATE:
There is no nationwide agreement on what a home school accreditation program should look like or include. Each state, municipality, and school district is different. Unavoidably, you’re going to have to become familiar with and abide by the statues governing homeschooling in your particular state.
Aside from those two things that should help you when starting your homeschool, I think the basic thing you can give your home school child is a loving and supporting “classroom” environment .
Remember: It will not always be sunshine and rainbows:
When you decide to homeschool, there might be days when you feel like you want to run away, but when you look back over a year (or so) you will see how much your child has grown and it will be worth it in the end.
There are also other things to consider like you will be solely responsible for the education of your child(ren) and you will be spending every day teaching them.
If you decide that homeschooling is for you, you have to realize that it is not just a means to keep your children under your wing or have an eye on them all the time - you physically have to do work and teach. This means that it will take up most of your day and if you used to be a mother at home, doing your normal day care jobs, while your kids went to school or daycare, you will have less time for your chores. But the best thing is you have time to teach your children to help you and they get training in life skills.
Programs to consider:
When teaching reading and spelling, the all about Reading and all about Spelling programs are amazing. You can click on the links below to get your FREE materials to give you an idea of what they teach you as well as have something to start off with.
You can also visit the Homeschool Amazon store to see what products will fit your needs.
There is allot more to explore on this subject, stick around and learn more about Scheduling Your Homeschool Day|Time To Spare .