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“Is Homeschool Best For Your Child?”
You walk into your child’s very first teacher conference ready to hear how amazing your child is doing so far in the school year. However, that’s not how it goes for every parent. The typical public school setting isn’t what is best for all kids, and, sometimes you have to wonder whether an alternative method could be the better choice. Is homeschool best for your child? How do you decide which schooling path is best?
What Are Your Child’s Needs?
You are your child’s biggest advocate, and in order to do your job, you must know their needs inside and out. You need to make sure that you attend teacher conferences, talk to your child about their day every single afternoon, and study their schoolwork and grades carefully.
Your parental intuition will kick in if something is not right, and if you feel like change is needed, there are resources available to help in making that decision. Make an appointment with the school guidance counselor, and discuss with him or her your suspicions about your child. A trip to the pediatrician also can’t hurt to make sure there isn’t a deeper issue going on, such as a learning disability.
The internet is a great resource and can provide a list of questions that you need to answer before jumping into this decision. Also, make sure to look up some local homeschool groups and set up a meeting with a parent. No one else will be able to provide insight into homeschooling like someone who is already living the experience.
What Would Homeschool Entail?
A big thing to consider is that if you choose to homeschool, you need to turn your home into school. Remember, it is home school, not school at home. Designate an area specifically for schoolwork. A chalkboard or dry erase board is an added bonus. You will need to purchase the typical school supplies you need, such as pencils, paper, and books.
Just like at school, there are practices you can follow at home to make sure your child is getting the correct education. Plan field trips outside of the home, and make sure to set aside time for art. Have time for physical education, and don’t forget to teach safety. To be prepared for disasters, you can perform safety drills for emergencies at home. Safety drills will prepare your child for emergencies, such as a fire, tornado or earthquake. You can even incorporate music into your child’s instruction.
How Do You Get Started?
You have made the decision to homeschool and prepared an area of your home, and now it is time to get started. The benefits of homeschooling include personalized curriculum for your child, so forget grade levels, and don’t get caught up in a specific curriculum. Relax. Play on your child’s strengths, help them improve their weaknesses and teach them to be a well-rounded student who will flourish both academically and socially.
One benefit of homeschooling is that you don’t have to do it alone. There are tutors out there whose expertise is in homeschooled children. I personally have been the main educational provider for several children and with structure, expertise, and guidance, they are able to excel despite the relatively unusual learning environment.
If your child needs extra help with school, let me help!
The decision to homeschool your child is a big one. It can seem like a scary, new thing for both your child and yourself. And even once you’ve decided and committed, you may be questioned by the naysayers out there:
“But are you sure?! Is homeschool best for your child?!”
However, when done correctly, a child who was struggling in the public education world can thrive under the guidance and influence of a homeschool curriculum.
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