50 Things to Know About Getting Started with Homeschool: Simple Tips for Any Family

HomeschoolEvery parent wants their children to have the best possible education.  In today’s society there are many parents that do not feel that this is what would happen if their children were to go to school.  With so many options available with homeschooling it can be overwhelming and something that many parents fear.

The fact is that you do not have to be afraid as there are some great resources available to you that will make homeschooling your child easy.  In addition to great resources there are many ways that you can find the perfect curriculum and even find everything that you need to give your child the best possible education.  No matter what your goals are, there are choices that will allow any family to homeschool in the way that is best for them.

Homeschooling has long been looked at as something that religious families did to keep their children from learning secular materials but today it is so much more.  There are families from all walks of life who choose to educate their children in their own.  There are even new methods of homeschool including unschooling in which children learn in ways that are best for them.

1.  Understand that Discipline is Important

If you are going to put in the time to home educate your children then you must first realize that it is going to be important that you discipline your children in the right way.  There has to be structure if your children are going to learn appropriately and without discipline you can not create the structure that is necessary for a solid education for your children.  Your children will have to listen to you and be ready to do what is needed for them to complete their school work.

2.  Learn that Following the Books Won’t Always Work

While books and curriculum are great tools you must learn that they are not always going to work.  You have to be willing to do the things that the books do not tell you and decide on your own what is going to work best for your family.  So learn when you start that while the book says one thing, you might have to go with your own plan to help your child learn his/her best.

3.  Make Sure to Take a Look at the Different Learning Styles

Before you get started you should know the different learning styles and try to figure out which one is going to work best for each of your children.  Once you know the best learning styles you will be able to make sure that each child gets the best possible education.  Remember that what works for one child might not be what works for the others and be flexible.

4.  Start Homeschooling Young

Even if you do not plan on homeschooling your child once they are primary or even preschool age, you should work on homeschooling them while they are young.  You want to make sure that you are teaching them a solid foundation for their education.  Make learning both fun and important and they will understand that it will get them through life.

5.  Acknowledge that You Cannot Do it All

There are many things that women try to do when they stay home with their children.  Even if they are homeschooling they are likely to try and do everything else as well including the housework, preparing their meals, and keeping everything in order for everyone.  Instead of working so hard to try and do it all remember that you can hire someone for the help that you need.

6.  Pick Chores for Your Children

If your children are going to be home all of the time there are many chores that they can do and these can start with easy tasks while they are young.  In fact at my house it is not uncommon to see my youngest child who is two working around the house helping with the chores that she can help with.  Toddlers can pick up toys, help take plates and dishes to the sink, and even help wipe things off easily.  Teaching them is not lazy or harsh but instead preparing them to be a better and more responsible adult.

7.  Plan Your Meals Ahead of Time

Meals are something that can throw any homeschool parent off no matter how much they have prepared for them.  If you plan your meals ahead of time you will not have to stop and think about what you will feed your children.  Make a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu every weekend for the following week and have things prepared ahead of time to save you time and energy.

8.  Choose a Routine Instead of a Schedule

Schedules are hard to stick to no matter who you are.  Most of the time you might even find yourself feeling rushed or frustrated with a schedule.  Instead of having a set time for everything, have a list of the things to do each day in a specific order.  This way if your child is not cooperating and does not want to do math instead of just giving up after a time limit you can tell them that they will move on to the next activity when finished.

9.  Have Fun in Your Routine

If your routine is all business you will find that learning is much harder.  Instead of having your routine be all about education have some things in there each day as well.  If you have a child that loves video games, have a set time where he can play a video game if his work is done by a certain time.  If you have a child that loves games have it in your routine to play a game each day, depending on the time that the previous work takes you will be able to play something that takes longer.

10.  Spend Time Focusing on Relationships

Strong relationships are important for any family.  If you are a homeschooling parent then they are even more important for you.  This is because you will want strong family relationships to keep your house positive during the experience.

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