Homeschool Tips For Beginners
Homeschooling is a great way to educate your children, but it’s not always the easiest. There are a lot of benefits to homeschooling your kids, but it also has its challenges. The key is to be prepared and know what you’re getting into before you start. This article will help you get started on the right foot with some tips for success in homeschooling.
- Educate yourself.
- Read books about homeschooling and the subjects you want to teach. These can help you learn more about the world in which your child will be growing up, and can give you ideas for what your kids need to know and how you should teach it.
- Talk with other homeschoolers – ask them how they do things differently from one another, what worked or didn’t work for them, what helped their kids develop skills that they needed later on. You may also find out when certain opportunities will arise (like field trips), if there are any extra curricular activities you want your children involved in, etc., so that everyone is prepared when those events happen!
- Talk with their teachers – ask how grade-level material is covered in school classrooms; discuss different methods of teaching math or language arts; talk about specific topics such as history or science where there might be a gap between what’s taught at school versus at home (e.g., evolution vs creationism). Schools often have resources available online too (for instance: http://www2a..com/life/teaching-yourself-math/) — these could come in handy when trying new techniques out on your own kids!
Have realistic expectations
If you’re really just starting out with homeschooling, it’s important to have realistic expectations.
You can’t always do everything you want to do exactly the way that you want to do it. You will make mistakes from time to time, but this is okay! Nobody is born a perfect parent or teacher or student—and you don’t need to be either. The most important thing for you right now is just making sure that your child learns something each day and enjoys what they are learning.
Balance your time
Time management is the key to success in anything you do, and homeschooling is no exception. If you plan your day in advance and schedule things like meals or playtime, it will help you balance your family’s needs with schoolwork. A good rule of thumb is to create a schedule based on when your children are most likely to be awake, active, and engaged in learning activities.
- Plan your week in advance:
Planning ahead will make sure that there’s enough time for each subject throughout the week without rushing through lessons or spending hours on end trying to squeeze everything in at once. Even just thinking about what homework assignments need doing before bed can give parents more peace of mind so they can spend quality time with their kids during those precious moments before lights out!
Try to schedule socialization for your children
The importance of socialization cannot be overstated. You want your children to learn how to get along with others, how to cooperate and how to problem solve. Playing with other kids will help develop these skills, as well as teach them about friendship and teamwork.
Before you begin homeschooling, try making a list of the social activities that your child enjoys most. Are there any volunteer opportunities that could benefit from an extra set of hands? Is there a local sports team or music group that might need some new recruits? Are there any community events where your child might enjoy attending together?
If you have friends who already homeschool their children or participate in similar activities, ask them if they would be willing to let yours join in on the fun once in a while too! If not…you could consider starting up a playgroup at home so everyone has an easy time getting together regularly without having to travel far away from home (or even leave the house!).
First and foremost, being flexible is the key to success in homeschooling.
You’ll need to be flexible with your schedule, curriculum, goals, teaching style, expectations and approach.
The second thing you should know is that the more flexible you are about each of these things the better off you will be.
Don’t look for perfection
If this is your first year homeschooling, one of the most important things you can do is to not look for perfection. Let me repeat that: Don’t expect perfection. You will make mistakes, forget things, be frustrated and tired, and overwhelmed on occasion. It happens to everyone! And don’t let it keep you from continuing in your quest to educate your children.
Have a schedule
The first step to planning your homeschool day is making sure you have a plan for the day, week, month and year. The second step is to make sure you have a plan for the next 5 years.
Once these two steps are completed, it’s time to get into the real nitty-gritty of things: deciding what kind of activities will be included in each lesson and how long those lessons should take (so kids can go potty!).
This process can seem overwhelming at first but don’t forget that you’re doing this to empower your children with knowledge so they can grow up into independent thinkers who know how to do their own chores and cook meals without burning down the house.
Plan out how you will teach the things that you absolutely don’t know how to do yourself.
- Find out what your child’s interests are. If you already know, great! If not, explore some options together and make sure that you’re both on board with the choice.
- Find a good mentor. If your child has an interest in something (like sports or art) then find someone who can teach them those skills in person or online. You can also look up educational YouTube channels that specialize in teaching children the things they’re into (like Scratch Jr., which teaches kids how to code).
- Find a good curriculum. Get your hands on some curricula and see if they’re right for your family’s needs and goals before buying any of it—there’s no point buying something if it isn’t going to work for your family! You may even want to try using free resources like Khan Academy or Code School until you feel confident enough with software development or coding before investing money into more advanced programs like MIT Open Courseware ($50 for access to 900 courses).
- Find a teacher/book/video/website/blog/podcast about whatever topic interests you most strongly so that when something comes up later on down the road during homeschooling years (or even during Mommy & Me classes), there will always be someone else who knows more than either of us does because we’re both still learning ourselves but this person has been doing it longer than either one of us has been alive—so don’t worry about being “behind” just yet!
Give yourself some grace.
Start with the end in mind. You don’t have to be perfect, but you do need to know what you want your family to look like. What are your goals? What are your dreams? Make a list of what is important to you and then take steps toward those goals during each day or week.
For example, if your goal is for everyone in the house to have time together doing something fun as a family, then schedule that activity every Friday night at 6:00 pm. Don’t wait until 5:30 pm when everyone else has their backpacks on for school the next morning and is ready to go out the door before dinner! If this doesn’t work for you because of other obligations, maybe try Saturday mornings before church or Sunday afternoons after church instead.
You get the picture here—whatever works best for you and your family will be ok! Give yourself some grace when it comes down too hard on yourself or others; just keep working towards what matters most at that time in life with all those whom God has placed around us!
Homeschooling is rewarding but hard.
You are not alone if homeschooling is your first, second or third choice for educating your children. It’s a common misconception that it’s easy to teach your own kids at home and all you have to do is follow the instructions provided by a curriculum provider. While it does take some effort on your part, homeschooling can be rewarding but also hard work!
Here are some tips to help make the process smoother:
- Realize that teaching your children will require more than just following a curriculum provider’s instructions (though those are very important). You’ll need to take on the responsibility of creating an engaging learning environment for them where they’ll thrive and enjoy themselves while learning new things every day! This might mean coming up with fun ideas for projects or incorporating games into their lessons so they don’t get bored while studying at home every day…
We’ve covered a lot of information about what to expect when you’re just starting out homeschooling. You can use these tips to help ease your way into the process, but at the end of the day, it’s important to remember that this is something new for all of us. There will be ups and downs as you figure out how best to teach your children and how they learn best. Don’t worry too much if it takes some time!