How to Take Your First Steps in Home Schooling

Example of unschooling (home-based, interesed-...

Example of unschooling (home-based, interesed-led, child-led form of education). These children are trying to dig out bugpoop (insects’ excrements) out of tree bark. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is an ever growing number of American families shifting over to home schooling. From a very small number a few years ago, it has now increased dramatically. There are a lot of factors to which this increase can be attributed.

One factor for the increase in the popularity of this is the spread of awareness of the benefits that it can provide. Another factor is the fact that with the help of the Internet, it has become a lot easier.

If you happen to be interested in exploring this option for your child’s education then here are some simple steps that you can follow:

1. First of all, you should consider your personal situation. Home schooling is ideal for some families, but not for all. You should find out if it is going to be beneficial to your children or if you can handle the additional responsibility.

2. States have different laws regarding this. It then follows that you should familiarize yourself with the this laws that are in force in your area. You should also try to figure out how they can affect you and your children’s education.

3. After you have made the decision that you would really go through home schooling for your kids, your next move would be to get in touch with the groups in your area. Don’t worry, there’s sure to be such a group there, especially if you live in a populous area. You should ask for information and help from them on how you can get started.

4. Now comes one of the most vital decisions that you will be making concerning home schooling for your kids. That’s the choice of curriculum or publisher that you will be using for your child’s education. You should spend a lot of time in finding the right curriculum for your child.

A lot of things should be considered in making this decision. Your personal beliefs or religious views, for example, which could be a major factor in the decision to opt in the first place, would play a major role here. Other things to be considered are educational focus and difficulty.

5. Before you go ahead with the this kind of schooling, you should study the lessons on your own. Remember that you will be acting as a teacher to your child and while you might have authority over them, you will be taking on an added responsibility on your part, because you need to make sure that what you are teaching your child is correct. If possible you should get some training or you could read up on teaching methods and how to handle children’s education.

6. Start a record of your children’s home schooling. You will need that in order to map out their progress, as well as a reference should it be needed in the future.

These are just some of the things that you can follow when it comes to starting out for your kids.

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By Mandy McCormick

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