Homeschooling was something that wasn’t even discussed when I was a child. Everyone attended public school, and people didn’t talk about any another option (except for private school and very few could afford that).
Nowadays with the Internet you can learn anything you want about homeschooling. It’s unprecedented for our generation. To have all the tools for educating your children at your fingertips.
If your family has a baby or young child, homeschooling a wide range of children will be more challenging, but God promises in His Word,Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me…for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matt. 11: 28-30)
You will need to set aside different times of the day for each of your children. Or even find things that can be taught to all of the kids together. Look for good opportunities to engage all of your children in activities. Almost any topic can be taught to all with the exception of Math and Language Arts lessons.
Though you might want to shield your children from negative influences. It is still important to be creative in finding ways for your child to interact with others. Join other homeschooling families and go on different field trips together. Your kids can have play dates with others. The park is a great place for your kids to meet other children.
Let them become part of a club. Signing your child up for a local sports team is a great way for them to make friends. You can also sign them up for Scouts or4-H. A.W.A.N.A has been a wonderful resource for our family.
Chosing to homeschool your children can wreck havoc on your finances. You may need to quit your line of work, which can be challenging. Learn to coupon, cook more meatless meals, use blogging sites to look for better deals on groceries. Negotiate new prices for your credit cards, insurance and other bills. We have had to adjust to living life on one income, but it has been the best decision for our family.
If you are educating young children you need to spend time with them one on one. Set aside some room where they can play or do arts and crafts. The older students can help by reading to them too. This fosters learning for your entire family, and it encourages your older children to gain confidence in their own abilities.
Also don’t do all the housework by yourself. Teach them cleaning skills when they are young and they will grow into wonderful helpers. They will learn the importance of being dilligent workers.
It is important to learn the laws and guidelines for your province or state that you need to follow. What you have to adhere to varies greatly from coast to coast. So as not to be charged with truancy, be sure the school district knows that you will be homeschooling your child. I would also recommend signing up with HSLDA, they are a truly wonderful organization.
Ensure that your children have a place to learn that is free from outside influence and distractions. If the area in which your child does schoolwork does not have storage areas, use a box to keep all learning materials organized. Workboxes are a great alternative to keeping organized.
When you have learned some simple ways to go about teaching your children try them out! If you’re not homeschooling yet, they’ll be a great jumping off point.