Maybe you’re considering homeschooling your child. If so, there are a number of things to take into consideration before taking the plunge.
- Know what to expect, advises PBS Parents.There are legal aspects, social and practical aspects to consider. Laws regarding homeschooling are different for different states, so it’s wise to start by schooling yourself on how the laws apply to you and your child through your state’s homeschool association or the Home School Legal Defense Association. Also, talk to others who homeschool their children.
- Decide how you want to teach your child. This is one of the main advantages of whether it’s a traditional school setup or whether you want to allow your children to decide homeschooling, notes PBS Parents. You determine what and how you want to teach, what and how they learn. Your choice depends on you and your individual child. Again, it helps to talk to other homeschoolers, tapping into their experience to get their input, advice and suggestions.
- Have patience, as it takes time to get into the habit of successful homeschooling, adds PBS Parents. Check to see if there is a homeschooling co-op in your community, which can be a source of valuable information and support.
Simplehomeschooling.net offers a list of brief words of wisdom, whether you homeschool or not: 1. Read aloud every day from babyhood on. 2. Don’t get distracted by outsiders. 3. Don’t compare yourself — or your kids — to others. 4. Get outside. 5. Be nice. 6. Take trips. 7. Let them explore; don’t be controlling. 8. Let them get dirty. 9. Don’t label them. 10. Be flexible - they all learn differently. 11. Show them love. 12. Enjoy them. Don’t be laser-focused. They grow up fast.
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