How to Homeschool: Learning From Home Made Easy

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Learning how to homeschool can aid communicating with your child and meet their educational needs. (Source: NEC Corporation of America)

Homeschooling is becoming the norm in most households across the globe. Whether it is after school learning or an alternative to traditional classroom education, knowing how to homeschool is something that most parents and guardians are swiftly having to learn. Doing homework or setting up an inspirational and creative environment for children to learn and be in can be a difficult task. Luckily, there are plenty of online resources to ease the stresses of home learning. How to homeschool is made easier with teachers, programs, blogs, and other activities being freely available online, as well as a host of resources for those who are willing to pay a little extra for education. 

How To Homeschool: Different Times

Children crave structure and balance. These things are what come with school experience. During a time where going to school might not be possible, it is important to deliver some form of this structure for your kids. Communicating with your children about a change in routine is important for them to learn how to cope with these changes. Finding common ground in building a new routine with them and explaining your plans is a great way of introducing them to this new structure. Learning to separate those spaces can be a big deal, so give them time to deal with these changes.

Communication throughout this is key. Talking to your children about their expectations and yours is important. Discussing how to homeschool with them and being honest about your goals is key for them understanding what will be happening. Asking them if they’d prefer to do science in the morning or the afternoon, or asking when their preferred to break time is is key to their development. Giving them the opportunity to exercise their voice and discuss their own educational needs is a great way to encourage their learning process. It will reduce the confusion and frustration they might feel if they’ve been removed from a mainstream situation. 

With giving them some form of choice around their school day, children will respond much better to the lessons you are trying to deliver. If you are trying to homeschool in your kitchen, don’t try to recreate their school day. It’s usually a long day with a big class. With one on one tuition, it won’t take as long to get through the content that is needed. You will be able to help your child understand the concepts of the lessons while making sure they perfectly understand what they are excelling in and what they are not fully grasping. 

More than often, parents and guardians find that they can cover an eight hour day in two to three hours which is really striking. This means that your child can enjoy exercising, being outside, but also have needed downtime. They are getting personal tuition as well, which means you can really help them with things they are struggling with.

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Knowing how to homeschool can keep your child engaged with the content.

 

How to Homeschool: Creating Routine

Creating a routine for your children is an important part of their lives inside and outside of school. One of the fundamental parts of how to homeschool is creating this structure for your children. Making sure to have a space dedicated to learning in your home is a good way of creating a barrier between playtime and education time. They’ll know the difference between being at home and at school. If possible, integrate the technologies required into these spaces. If that isn’t possible, make sure to let your child know the boundaries around the technologies using timeframes – this way, they’ll have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. 

Educating someone is a daunting task but, luckily, there are a variety of resources available for parents and guardians that have been provided by teachers and other educators to assist with the perils of homeschooling. If you are homeschooling because school isn’t a valid option but your child is still enrolled, make use of the teacher’s available and ask them what resources they would recommend or the course of content you should be following. If you are homeschooling as a permanent fixture, there are a variety of options in regards to curriculum and programs available for parents and guardians to choose from. With a multitude of resources online, knowing how to homeschool has never been easier. 

If you are a creative person and have the time to plan your own lessons, there are many interactive options available for children to enjoy. There are websites specifically designed with games and activities that are interactive and engaging while fulfilling curriculum requirements. Having learning outcomes are important for structuring lesson plans or a curriculum because it gives yourself and child guidance for where the work is heading and what you expect to be gleaned from the lesson.

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Providing a clear lesson structure and spaces for your child that are designated for learning gives them support for their learning experience.

Have Fun: Learning at Home

Encouraging and stimulating learning can be an exhausting task for anyone involved. Learning can be done in a multitude of ways and it doesn’t always have to be done by reading books and websites. Breaking up the day’s activities to exercise or giving them an opportunity to bake or do something fun can make engagement much higher in the more complex content from more traditional subjects. 

If you are new to homeschooling, you may want to refresh your memory on some subjects you may not have looked at for a few years or ever before. One of the key parts of how to homeschool is actually having some base knowledge to share with your children and being able to instruct them in a concise and informative way. There are plenty of online resources designed specifically for parents to help them learn how to teach angles or what phonics are. Having flexibility about what your children are learning will also help. Your day may change up or perhaps they want to do maths early to get it out of the way so they can enjoy the rest of their days. These are all options for you to decide with your children. Knowing how to homeschool is a collaborative process and one you will learn ‘on the job’. Ease in slowly and enjoy learning with your child. 

 

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