The prospect of homeschooling is a daunting task as it has many advantages
and disadvantages. We know you want what is best for your children, and
so if you are thinking of homeschooling, here are some things you should
consider before making your final decision.
There are always a number of schooling choices in every neighborhood, so
you need to have a really strong idea of why you want to homeschool. Homeschooling
takes an enormous amount of your time, requires organization and a whole
lot of work on your behalf, so having really strongly formed reasons for
why you want to embark on this is important to keep you going.
What are the legal requirements?
Contact your local school boards for curriculums and the legal requirements
you have as a parent. Each school board has materials and books for homeschooling
that make it easier for you to create and follow a curriculum that covers
everything your child needs to learn in each semester.
Join homeschooling groups in your area as they will have a wealth of information
too. Register your family for homeschool and ensure that you know your
What is your homeschooling style?
As homeschooling develops, so does the number of homeschooling styles.
From classic to eclectic to unschooling, select your style and ensure
it fits with your child’s learning style.
Who will help you?
Most people have academic strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps you and your
husband have different talents and can share the workload or perhaps you
will need one-on-one
tutors to guide your child through those subjects that you don’t excel
at. Ensure that you have a plan that covers the entire curriculum and
don’t be afraid to ask for help; you don’t have to do everything
on your own.
Another possibility is to share classes with other homeschooling families
in a homeschooling co-op. This will help to reduce your work load and
will ensure that your children are getting a great education from likeminded
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
It’s really important to be honest about this; sure we would love
to do everything ourselves, but we have to provide the absolute best for
our children. If you are poor at discipline or schedules, then ask for
help making one that the family has to stick to. Know your strong points
and play to them; know your weaknesses and illicit help from your family
members, homeschooling community and tutors.
What is your support base?
Create a support base for yourself that will create a community of learning
that supports your children. Friends, family members and other homeschooling
families will help you to create a community in which your children are
free to learn, grow and play. This community is also there to help you
and to provide the support you need to enjoy your homeschooling experience
and to provide advice and ideas that you can adopt so your homeschooling
practice evolves and grows with your family.
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