How to Begin
Homeschooling Your Child
By Veronica Scott
Homeschooled children reap many benefits. They usually score higher on standardized testing, have one-on-one learning time, and a curriculum tailored to their specific needs and abilities. So it is no wonder why many parents choose to homeschool their children. But once the decision is made to homeschool, what do you do next? Here are some tips to get you headed in the right direction to homeschooling success!
Check on Your State Requirements
First you should check the legal requirements of your particular state. Homeschooling is legal in all fifty states. However, the law may differ in requirements from one state to another. Contact your local school superintendent to see what they are. Some states require a letter of intent, quarterly reports and annual testing while other states require less.
Choose Type of Curriculum
Do some research as to what type of curriculum will work best for both you and your child. Math, History, Science, English, and Physical Activity are standard subjects taught throughout the United States. When choosing a curriculum consider if you want more independent study or more instructional study? Do you want there to be religious concepts in the curriculum? Is the curriculum challenging enough for your child? And what is the cost of the curriculum?
Find Homeschooling Resources and Support
If there are any parentís who homeschool their children in your area they can be a welcome resource to give advice on any concerns you have. There may also be home school support groups in your area that can help you. Some homeschooling support groups also have regular educational trips and activities such as to the zoo, museums and libraries that you can join in on. If not, check out resources on the Internet and join an online homeschooling group.
Prepare The Home Environment
You will probably need to make some physical rearrangement of your home to cater an area for homeschooling. Children donít need a traditional desk and black board environment. But designate an area in your home that is organized and distraction-free to do assignments. This could be your kitchen table.
Creating a Homeschooling Schedule
You will need to come up with a study schedule for each day's lessons. Find out what type of schedule works out best for you and your child. Although a schedule is important providing variety is important also. With homeschooling you have the flexibility of taking a field trip one day or studying at the park. It also makes learning more interesting for your child.
Keep Track of Completed Tasks
It is also good to come up with a book keeping system to keep track of the tasks that have been completed. In some states, this is also a requirement and they require documented proof before the grades are accredited by the state education system.
Set up Goals for the Year
Set up specific goals for your child that you would like to achieve during the year. It may not go the way you plan but it is a good idea to have a guide to help you navigate throughout the year.
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