4 Ways to Effectively Homeschool your Child

April 12, 2020

Despite schools being closed all over the world, school districts are still required by law to provide students with equitable learning opportunities.

Public and private schools are offering online studies, while some parents are turning to homeschooling. If you are one of those parents who decided to homeschool your child, know that it takes a lot of passion, temperament, time, and resources to effectively carry out this task. 

Why Homeschool Your Child?

Parents want to ensure that their kids are learning even when staying at home.

Homeschooling requires parents to take full responsibility for the education of their children. 

There are many benefits to homeschooling your children, such as:

  • Homeschooling allows one-on-one and personalized tutoring
  • Learning is tailored to your child’s specific educational needs
  • Kids can learn more independently without having to follow the ideas from other classmates
  • Provides a safe learning environment
  • Strengthens the closeness and relationship between a child and the parent
  • Makes kids work and strive for knowledge and values, instead of grades

Tips to Homeschool your Child Successfully

  • Check the Legalities of Homeschooling in your State

Homeschooling guidelines and regulations vary from state to state. Since it is regulated by the state and not by the federal government, every state will have its own rules when it comes to homeschooling.

In New York, for example, parents who wish to homeschool their child will need to submit an annual declaration of intent, including an individualized home instruction plan before starting to homeschool. Parents also need to keep track of attendance records, submit quarterly reports, and make sure that standardized tests are conducted.

Check with local and state homeschool groups. They can be an experienced and valuable resource regarding specific requirements for homeschooling your child.

  • Know your Child

Homeschooling can be started at any age—whether your child is a toddler or already has a few years in a more traditional school.

Every child is different, and so is their learning pattern. Kids who are strong learners can perform better independently, while weak learners may struggle being self-sufficient. Independent and online learning can be a challenge for some kids (even adults, sometimes)—it requires a lot of self-regulated learning skills.

Different children do better in different learning environments—whether in groups or individual learning. Assess your child and how they learn best. If your child learns better in groups, you can conduct a Zoom study session with some of his/her classmates. 

  • Make Homeschooling Fun

There will be times when you have doubts and question whether you can really be both a teacher and a parent. There will be challenges, but you can make it fun for both of you.

If you teach a French lesson, make crepes for brunch together. After a lesson on World War II, watch some movies or documentaries about the war. If you want to learn about playing the piano or develop a new skill, this is the perfect opportunity for that.

Homeschooling will enhance your curiosity and allow you to also learn new things while teaching your child.

  • Be Financially Prepared

With the rising cost of private education, you might think that homeschooling is a cheaper option. However, homeschooling can be expensive.

Despite the resources available online and in community groups, consider the cost of having one parent as the primary educator rather than in the workforce. There is also the cost of supplies, curricula, and the expenses needed for transforming a room in your home into a classroom.

Create a budget for all the resources and supplies you might need, right down to pencils. Have a concrete financial plan in place and give some cushion for unforeseen expenses along the way.

Final Thoughts

Homeschooling may be tough, especially if you lack the experience. However, given the right attitude and lots of patience, it can be pretty rewarding. Be patient with your child, as well as yourself. You can always try different approaches to determine what works for both you and your child. Learn as you go. 

Contact Everley Rose Centre to learn more about preschool education and support groups and resources you might need to homeschool your child.

 

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