Homeschooling can either be a bliss or a nightmare. It might be a necessity because parents live in a remote area far from schools or some people choose homeschooling based on religious or other personal reasons. To make homeschooling a bliss, proper preparation is essential. There are three factors that can make or break the homeschooling experience.
Most countries have specific eduction legislation which parents have to adhere to. In America this legislation vary from state to state, It is, therefore, vital that parents who consider homeschooling must familiarise themselves with this legislation. Do the research well in advance to ensure you get the approval you need before you start your school.
Decide beforehand on where the school space will be. This should preferably not be a child’s bedroom, as they need to make a distinction between a school space and a personal space. The ideal will be a spare bedroom or study that can be turned into a classroom with all the trimmings associated with a learning and studying. The children can choose the paint colours and other decor for the classroom and can even help to get it ready. A separate space is not always available and many homeschooling families utilise kitchen or dining room tables with success. If you intend to use a shared space it is essential to have a set of rules for the rest of the household so that they will know during which times they would not be able to use that specific area. Because it is a shared place it will also be important to pack away all school items so the space can become a family space again, when school is out.
Once you have decided on a space to use, you have to consider a specific curriculum. Families who have very little or no knowledge of the education system, might benefit by signing up with an online provider where the curriculum and all the resources will be available to the child and the tutor. Online courses are seldom cheap so it is always good to find reviews about a specific provider before you sign up. Talking to other parents are always helpful, especially those how have some experience of homeschooling. There are online support groups available for homeschooling parents which is an excellent source of information and support.
If you don’t want to work through an online provider, you would need to research various curricula and exam boards, in your country, to find the ideal curriculum and subjects for your child. Curriculum and subject specifications are usually freely available on the Internet. In the United Kingdom there are various examination boards of which Edexcel, AQA and OCR are the most popular,
If at all possible consider including some sport and cultural activities as part of the extended curriculum, These activities might not necessarily be part of the formal curriculum, but it is essential for the a child’s social development. Most towns have sport and cultural clubs which will accommodate at least some of the children’s interests and talents.
With the curriculum in hand it is time to create a timetable and work schedules in collaboration with everybody who will be involved in the homeschooling process.
Parents don’t have to be teachers or education specialist, but they need to be organised and they need to know exactly how and when everything will be done. A proper structure and good time management will create a friendly and comfortable environment which is essential for learning.