For some students, conventional schooling might just not work. There are many reasons for this, but bullying and learning disabilities stand among the most popular reasons. For these students, perhaps a more tailored, milder, and more monitored method such as homeschooling would be the better choice.
However, switching from conventional schooling to homeschooling is a huge event in a child’s life, and it should not be trifled with. Preparations must be made beforehand so that your children can enjoy their new learning environment with the least interruptions. After you have made your decision to homeschool your children, below are the things you should prepare for.
The very first thing that you should do is to gather adequate legal information about homeschooling. It is important to remember that not all countries or states accept homeschooling as a legal teaching method. For this reason, before you set out to homeschool your children, send an inquiry to your local public schools or visit the state’s education department for confirmation. You will then be asked to provide several legal documents on a regular basis for the state to keep a check on your children.
You should also read up as many resources on homeschooling as you can. Meet with other parents, attend homeschooling conventions, or simply spend time at the local library to brush up on your knowledge on homeschooling. Doing these might even help you to choose a good approach for your children.
The first step involves choosing the main teacher for your children. As this can have a huge effect on you or your partner’s career, consult or compromise with each other when deciding who will be the main teacher. Then, you will have to design the curriculum. Fortunately, there are a lot of pre-packaged curricula on the market, and some are even available for free.
However, if you already have a pedagogy background and are knowledgeable on the matter, why not design your own curriculum to suit your children’s needs? If you lack ideas, it is always a choice to take inspiration from pre-packaged curricula and then add your own touch.
Now that everything is ready, it is time to set your plan into motion! Remember, you should incorporate your homeschooling routine into the usual routine to acclimate your children to the new schedule. Children can get distracted quite quickly, so you should split the tasks into blocks of 15 minutes, and add snacks time in-between. These new timetables will take some time to get used to, but with patience and effort, your children will be able to acclimate themselves to it in no time.
It takes quite some time to prepare your whole household for homeschooling. Daunting as they might be, these steps are essential in preparing your children with the best tools to thrive in their homeschooling environment. If you need further information on homeschooling, why not let us at Great Homeschool Conventions help you? As one of the top organizations on homeschooling, we host several workshops and conventions aiming at parents who want to homeschool their children.