The Decision to Bring (or Keep) Your Child at Home
For some, the decision to homeschool was made long before children were even born. For others, the decision to homeschool may come about through a variety of experiences – the student was floundering in a school, there's a lack of quality schools nearby, or the parent learns more about homeschooling from a group in the area where he or she lives.
When it comes to homeschooling, there is no one way to do it. There are multiple methods to sort through, and everyone has advice, though some of it might not be sound. Because it can seem so daunting to get started on your own homeschooling journey, it's important to organize this advice into subject areas. No matter whether you are new at the homeschooling lifestyle or you're a seasoned teacher in your home classroom, we've got advice to help you get through the grade school years.
Advice on Making the Decision
Making the decision to homeschool is not something that should be taken on lightly. There are many different methods for homeschooling your children. You have to determine whether you've got what it takes to commit to homeschooling children. You also should carefully evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling to see whether it is something for you. Once you've made the decision, it will be important to know how to talk to others about the decision you've made with confidence.
- The Top Ten Homeschooling Advantages
- Pros and Cons of Homeschooling Your Student
- Becoming Familiar with Homeschooling Laws
- Making the Decision to Homeschool
- Learning about the State and Federal Requirements for Homeschooling
- When is the Right Time to Start Homeschooling Your Child?
- Top Five Reasons You Should Not Homeschool
Advice on Choosing a Method
Classical, unschooling, Charlotte Mason, Montessori, Christian, school-at-home – which is the best method to use for homeschooling? It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the number of options available to parents. The method you choose to employ is largely a personal choice. Ultimately, many parents tend to use a combination of methods, referred to as eclectic homeschooling. It's important to find out what works best for your family and then tweak it so that you're sure you're always using what works the best.
- Devising a Plan for Choosing a Method for Homeschooling Your Student
- The Well Trained Mind and Classical Education
- Learn More about the Homeschool Christian Classical Curriculum
- What Are the Various Homeschool Teaching Styles You can Employ
- What is Montessori Unschooling All About?
- Putting the Waldorf Method to Work at Home
- The Pros and Cons of Unschooling
- Learn All about the Charlotte Mason Method
- Homeschooling Using an Umbrella School
Advice on Grade School Curricula
Once you've settled on the choice to homeschool and determined what sort of method you will use, it's important to choose the program that will work best for your family. There are a variety of programs available from programs that focus on certain methods to complete curricula to individual subjects. It's really important to make sure to preview any materials you will be using to make sure that they will fit well with your homeschooling goals and your family's values.
- Kindergarten Homeschool Programs to Help Your Child Get the Right Start
- Budget Homeschool Programs to Save Your Family Money
- Online Homeschooling Programs
- Determining What the Best Curriculum for Your Homeschool Is
- Using the K-12 Curriculum in Your Homeschool
- Using an IEP in Your Homeschool to Improve Student Success
- Taking Advantage of a Used Curriculum Exchange to Get Access to Curriculum
- Using a Technology Based Medium to Deliver Your Homeschool Curriculum
Advice on Grade School Socialization
Prepare yourself: No matter how long you've been homeschooling there are going to be people who upon hearing about your educational choice will ask, "But aren't you worried about socialization?" If you're like many, and wondering how it is that bullying, access to drugs, and peer pressure are healthy forms of socializing your children, then you're not alone. There have been many studies performed investigating the best ways to socialize a homeschooled child – and many studies have found that homeschooled children are actually better and more confident in social exchanges than traditionally schooled peers.
- Research Demonstrating the Success of Homeschooled Children
- Helping Homeschooled Children to Make Friends
- Homeschool Sports Involvement
- Promoting Socializing of Homeschool Students
- Horseback Riding for Homeschool Students
- Theater and Acting Opportunities for Homeschool Students
Advice on Lesson Planning
There's a group of different schools on how to plan your lessons for homeschooling. Some methods for homeschooling don't require lesson planning, others involve meticulous planning. No matter which camp you're in, it will help you to at least know something about how to plan lessons for the purpose of teaching your students important information.
- Using the Computer to Create Homeschool Lesson Plans
- Avoiding Homeschooling Burnout
- A Free Homeschooling Planner to Help You Organize Your Homeschooling Year
- Putting together Your Own Homeschooling Curriculum
- Homeschool Scheduling Software
Advice on Keeping Records
One of the necessities when working with homeschooled children is keeping accurate records for the long run. Whether the state you live in requires you to do so or not, you'll want to track your student's progress and ensure that your student is making adequate progress in his or her studies. You may wish to put together a portfolio of the student's best work for each grade level.
- A Guide to Record Keeping in Your Homeschool
- Guide to Homeschooling Records Keeping Software
- Keeping Records of Extracurricular Activities in Your Homeschool
- Portfolio Evaluation for Homeschooling Students
Life Balance Advice
Homeschooling requires a lot of time – especially when you have younger grade school students. It's so important that you work to balance your life, schedule your time, and take time off so that you do not get burned out on your homeschooling experience. By paying special attention to nurturing yourself, you can be a better homeschool teacher.
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- Making Sure You Have Enough Time to Get it All Done with a Plan
- Avoid Homeschool Burnout with These Tips
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