My Top 16 Tips for Beginning Homeschoolers
the education of your children is a daunting task, and most of us
need simple baby steps to get started. Here are a few that have
worked for me and other homeschooling families.
1. Just forget
trying to duplicate a classroom environment, schedule and curriculum
in your home. Theres nothing sacred about sitting at desks,
having set amounts of time per subject, or using only textbooks.
In fact, until my daughter was 11 years old, she didnt even
know what a textbook was!
2. Ignore the
argument about homeschooled kids not being socialized. I challenge
the assumption that putting 20-30 kids, all the same age, in a room
for nine months is the best method for teaching empathy, self-control,
patience, generosity, and other desirable traits. Often, it achieves
just the opposite.
your role will be as a facilitator to your childs learning.
Theres no need to lecture, and very often youll find
yourself learning something new right alongside your child.
with other homeschooling families.
5. Once you
get inside the homeschooling inner circle, youll
be AMAZED at the resources
available to you! Here in the Phoenix area we have access to special
homeschooling classes at our Science Center. We get incredibly low
rates to virtually every cultural event in town, including the ballet,
opera, and museum tours. Youll find local homeschooling email
loops, forums, and more! Jump in and enjoy!
6. Try to attend
a homeschool conference if possible. Youll have the chance
to inspect a multitude of curriculum, listen to inspiring speakers,
and network with others.
assume that youll always use the same curriculum or belong
to the same homeschooling group. Youll be surprised at how
your educational philosophy evolves and how one group or activity
turns out to not be the best for your family
after all. Just roll with it.
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