Last Updated on February 1, 2024 by Marie Bautista
Homeschooling can offer parents a more flexible way to teach their children than traditional mainstream education. And for those parents wanting to embark on educating their young ones themselves and giving them a different experience than they would in a regular school, getting started can seem like a daunting experience.
However, there are many tips and resources around to help you get started on your new journey and ensure that your children are learning in the best ways possible.
If you’re new to homeschooling or you’re wondering what your day could look like or what you need to put in a place for it to succeed, these pointers can help you out.
Create A Schedule
You don’t need to follow the times set out by your local school district for school days as per their establishments. If early mornings don’t work well for you, nor do afternoons, then you don’t need to be strictly educating during this time. But what you do need is a set schedule that fits into your family life if your kids know when to expect lessons and have a routine.
Create A Learning Space
You need to designate a specific space for learning, be it a room you convert to a classroom or a space in your home where all of your resources are kept and you sit down to carry out lessons; you need a defined space. Not only will this help you to keep everything in one place so you can remain organized, but you can also set the tone and create that definition in your day. That is where the classes are, and this is the space we learn in.
Develop Goals and Aims Each Week
Every week, you need to sit down and look at what you will do in the upcoming week, what your goals are, and what you aim to achieve via your lessons. This will help you monitor where you are and what your child might be struggling with and ensure you are staying on track and not falling behind or missing anything.
Set targets for you and your child to hit so you can make things fun and keep moving forward.
This can be applied to many different aspects of your homeschooling journey. Still, you must remember to stay flexible in how you approach your home education journey, lesson plans, and schedule.
Your child might need a different approach for specific topics, you might find you have a family emergency and need to change your schedule, or you might be ill one week and unable to complete your classes as intended. There is no harm in staying flexible when things need to be changed or adapted to make things go smoothly.
Use Online Resources
The internet can be an excellent resource for your lesson. From using education websites to help you teach lessons or to take over aspects, you are too confident in finding templates you can print out and use for classes or simply supporting independence in learning by letting your child take the reins. There are many ways you can utilize the internet. Plus, it can also be a part of your lesson, teaching things like how to stay safe online, stopping scams, coding, and even the benefits of using a vpn (a VPN can also allow you to access content not available in your area for a more excellent choice of resources too!)
Homeschooling isn’t the isolating, anti-social experience many people think it is. You will likely find many homeschooling parents in your local area, and groups set up to support you and them through this journey. Try to meet up with groups and other families to join in on lessons, help your child socialize, and enrich the experience for them and you. You can learn more tips and tricks from more experienced parents, help your child learn things in a fun way, and get some much-needed support, too.
Use your Local Area for Lessons
Making your lessons more engaging and interactive is vital to help you help your children learn everything they need to. To do this, you can use your local area to help support your lesson plans, from taking geography lessons outdoors on the beach or in local shopping centers to nature studies in woods and fields to using the library to find additional resources and information to monitoring pollution, the weather, and so much more. Don’t just continue your lesson to the classroom; get out and explore and see how you break the boredom out of some of the less fun aspects of learning.