A successful home-school only works with the support of everyone; God, your spouse, your children and yourself. Take time to think about what is best for your family. Homeschooling is not for everyone, but can be very enjoyable for those who choose that path.
Can your family afford to home school? Generally a homeschooling family lives on only one income. Think about this, if your family depends on two full time incomes, homeschooling may not be the best option for your family financially.
Next you need to think about what style of teaching method you want to use. There are many different methods you can use.
- Online – Lessons done entirely online
- Digital – Video or DVD lessons
- Parent Based – Lessons led and taught by a parent
- Student Based – Students master a skill or lesson before moving on to the next
- Group Lessons – Teaching multiple grades levels at one time.
There are also other methods:
The Charlotte Mason Method: great for parents who want…
- directly involved with their child’s education
- less rigid schedule
- a learning environment that uses exploration
- Evaluate child’s learning without written tests
- read looks of book
- well rounded education
The Montessori Method: great for parents who want…
- children to learn through their own errors
- children to learn at their own pace
- children to learn hands on
- less of a teaching role and children learn through self-motivation
No matter which method you prefer to use, or if you prefer to mix a few different methods together, there are plenty of options out there for you.
Next you will need to pick a curriculum or a combination of curriculums. Don’t let this overwhelm you. Spend time, do research, it’s never best to pick a curriculum on a whim as in more cases you will regret it later.
- How do you want to evaluate your child/children?
- Do you want book lesson or hands on lessons?
- What type of structure do you want?
- Do you want to teach all your children the same thing together?
- How do you look at education?
- What do you want your child/children to learn
Theses are just a few of the questions you need to be asking yourself when looking for a curriculum.
Once you’ve made the decision to home school there are a few things you should do first
- Check you local state regulations on homeschooling. Each state has different laws and regulations you have to follow.
- Look for local home-school/co-op groups. Most areas have local groups of other homeschooling families. This can be a great resource to ask questions, learn different or new curriculums you may have not found yet, and build relationships for yourself and your children.
- Build your support team. Your spouse, family, and even other home-school families.
- Attend book fairs or local home-school convection. Home-school conventions generally have different curriculums you can sample and even flip through to see if its a good fit your family.
Lastly, don’t get over whelmed. Take your time, do your research but most importantly pray.
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