Homeschooling – 4 steps to know where to start
Whether you’ve decided to homeschool or are just considering the possibility, there are some steps you can take to figure out where to start. The most important place to start is for your child to assess who they are and what they need.
1. Watch your children. How do they play? How do they interact with others? What do they like to do and what don’t they like to do? Do they like it loud or quiet? Do they like to create or fill in the blanks? The answers to all of these questions will help you know where to start when planning your homeschool.
2. What is your long-term goal? Write what you want your child to be when they are 18 years old. You can be as detailed as you want. What character would you like them to have? What qualities would you like them to have? Remember that people who write down their goals are 90% more likely to achieve their goals. Obviously, you don’t have complete control over how your child will develop. Much of who they become will be determined by the choices they make. However, you will be able to help with these choices.
3. Think about what you want your day to look like. Do you want to be fully involved in your child’s education or do you want them to be completely self-taught? How much time should you dedicate to homeschooling? Do your children respect you and listen to what you say? If they don’t now, then you may need to address this issue immediately. Do you want a more flexible approach to your day or do you want a more structured schedule?
4. See what’s available for homeschooling. This can be an overwhelming thought. I could write a whole book about what is available for homeschooling. Basically, you just need to know how your child learns best, what style you like, and go from there. Remember that more is not always better when buying books. You can always buy more later or get what you need from the library. I have resources available that send you a sampling of many different types of curriculum that you can explore in your own home.
Homeschooling doesn’t have to be difficult or overwhelming. When you know your child and yourself, you can see all the options available and make an informed choice.
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