Chapter 1: How to Homeschool Your Child?

Resource List

– This Great Guide from home-school.com has information on where to start when homeschooling.

This pdf document is a detailed guide on how to setup and start homeschooling. It also has details on california home schooling laws as a sidemark. This resource it self is by California Homeschool Network.

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Introduction

As a parent or a responsible adult, embarking on the journey of homeschooling could be a daunting task. In the early stages, you must be investing a lot of time pondering over this question: how to homeschool my child? how to start the curriculum? Is it feasible enough for me? These are all reasonable questions. The short answer to all this is that as a parent you will need to master this mode of education yourself in order to see the best results in your child.

In any case, you need to follow these basic steps if you just starting out. Take these steps as a way to guide you.

Step 1: Is it Legal in Your Country/State

This is very important. You do not want to start on this journey and later on find out that it is not legal in your country/state in the first place. That would be a huge blow to you and to your child. Not only do you need to know the legality of homeschooling in your region. You also need to be well versed in it.

In United States, you need to abide by law of the state in which you are currently staying (not from of your home state). This can sometimes be quite hectic if your family moves from state to state frequently. Therefore, you would be required to abide by the state laws even if you are there temporarily.

This resourceful website has all the information that you need to understand the legality of homeschooling in United States: HSLDA.org

Step 2: Feasibility

Teaching is not a skill that everyone posses. As a parent or a guardian you need to be certain about your strengths and weakness regarding this. Children who study at home need active participation by their parents. In school, things are different, there are teachers and counselors who can help groom your kid. However, in the case of homeschooling, although you have more control, you also need to give a lot more time.

Guiding and helping your kid academically is one thing, but grooming him/her as a person is an other. You need to make sure that he/she is learning new skills. You need to make sure that he/she is active socially. Also, you need to make certain that he/she understands the responsibility and burden of studies.

Often kids that are home-schooled become too laid back. They do not have to get up in the morning, eat their breakfast and then catch the bust to school. In these cases, they can lose the sense of responsibility and punctuality.  There is also no fear of teacher looming over their heads if they fail to do their homework. This can make studies seem trivial to home schooled children. Therefore, it is up to the parents to make sure that he/she successfully embeds all the values and essential skills in to their child.

If you are a single parent who works from morning to night, chances are home schooling is not feasible for you. If you move around in states too much, you can get yourself and your kids into the frustrating loop of readjusting to the new state laws every so often.

Another thing to consider is, would you be able to guide him/her academically? Suppose you are not good at maths and your teenage kid in 10th grade asks a questions on Algebra, how will you cope in that situation?

Would you and your kid be able to deal with the comments passed by the school goers? You will experience a lot of rejection. People will tell you and your kid that this is a bad idea. It could prove to be a test of your determination.

Therefore, you need to make sure if this mode of education is really feasible enough for you. It is about your child’s future after all.

Step 3 The Approach

Once you have decided that you are 100% cut out for this and that your state/country laws allow homeschooling, the next thing you need to decide is on the approach. There are many approaches on how to homeschool.

This is where you will finally be able to see the advantages that homeschooling holds for your child. The ability to choose and customize the styles of education that best suit your kid is perhaps the biggest benefit of home education.

There are many approaches that you can opt for such as Classical, Charlotte Mason, Unschooling, Eclectic, Unit Studies, Internet Schooling etc.

Remember, home schooling is a skill and just like how any other skill requires time and honing, this skill demands the same. You may start of with the simplest approach, and as you gain experience and grow more comfortable, you may start testing your waters with more unique methods of studying at home.

Read the post on Home Education Approaches.

Step 4: Join a Community/Group

Joining a community is an essential component. This is where you can share ideas on how to homeschool, how to start the curriculum, and learn from experiences from veteran home schoolers.

There are many online communities available such as forums. However, the healthier method is to join a physical community in your locality. Have a gathering with parents just like you over a cup of tea to discuss success stories, share your fears and learn new techniques.

A self of belonging is important for all those parents who have to constantly take the negative comments due to this mode of education. Your fears will be allayed this way.

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