When it comes to homeschooling everyone has different ideas and opinions on what it is. But for you to know what it really consists of you must do your own thorough research. Every child is different and learns at their own pace, so only you as the parent can decide if homeschooling is right for your child.
There is many different schools and different types of programs. So when you decide to make that call to inquire about everything, have a clear mind, make sure you have had a meal, have some water, make sure to have something to take notes on, and plan on being on the phone for maybe two hours. With the first conversation you will be given tons of information, but don’t make any decisions yet. Take very good notes so you can review them later and come up with questions for another phone call. It took me a total of three phone calls and maybe each time I was on the phone for three hours. I wanted to be sure this is what I wanted and that I along with the kids could take this huge responsibility.
These are important things you want to consider before you choose a program: Do you want your child sitting on a computer 100% of the time? Maybe 50% online and 50% offline? Do you want them to still have physical interaction with other children? Do you want them to meet with their actual teacher once a week, twice a week or every three months? Is the program advanced? Do you know enough to teach your child advanced material?
You as the parent become the childs learning coach so you will need to make sure that you will have PLENTY of TIME to spend with your child. You cannot just have them go on the computer and not monitor what they are doing because no matter how responsible your child is they are still children and the internet has many distractions, especially if an adult is not present. The child will feel like they can do other stuff online and do assignments later, but this will only cause them to fall behind and when the parent does find out it’s already a huge problem.
Although every program is different they all come with many, many tools to guide you and help you with every single course. Homeschooling is not for the child alone it will require your help. There are courses that you will do online as the parent to help you understand the online and offline part of homeschooling. They have videos for everything along with live online help and help over the phone. There is no way of failing at this unless you are not monitoring what they are doing, going over the school work to make sure they are understanding the material, not constantly checking online to see what they are submitting and the grades the computer or teacher is giving them.
Once you have decided that homeschooling is for you and your child then you need to have a special area of your home dedicated for all school supplies and books. They will provide books for every single subject along with supplies such as paint, brushes, globes, maps, science equipment, P.E. equipment, computer, lap top and even a printer. It is very important to keep everything neat and in order. That way when you need something you know exactly where it is. Some things will need to be returned so take care of your supplies. When you receive everything you will be given a list with certain things marked that need to be returned. I put book covers on the books I know need to be returned and made a mark on the supplies I know they can keep so It makes it easier each time we use something.
Make sure that wherever your child will be doing work is clean and clear of anything he/she doesn’t need. So it isn’t a distraction. They will need enough space for their laptop and/or books. Every night you can over look what they will be working on the next day and prepare for it that way you can have an easier day. Have a routine, even if you work, and try to stick to it as much as you can. Make sure that your child has had breakfast before starting any schooling and have them start the hardest subjects first that way there mind is fresh and not stressed. If they take a quiz and don’t master it have them do a quick review of the material and retake the quiz since it will still be fresh in their mind. Have them keep a water bottle handy so they can stay hydrated. Be sure to make it clear that when they are doing school they need to feel like they are in a classroom setting and still need permission to use the restroom. Give them a ten minute break between subjects so they can have a stretch, use the restroom and clear their mind.
If you have decided to homeschool your children after reading this then also be prepared to gather and submit paperwork for enrollment online. It might seem stressful and overwhelming in the beginning but with time you will start to get used to it and get into a groove. After having done it for almost a year or two semesters I have realized that homeschooling really isn’t for all my children. No matter what you do to help your child learn and try to understand the material some children need to be in a classroom that is structured and that’s ok. Don’t force a child to do something he is not comfortable with and that’s not working out. Make a change before they fall back.
You will definitely NEED to have PATIENCE!!
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it”