In days gone by, there was no homeschooling. Most people choose either public or private school for their child’s education. Homeschooling is now considered a legitimate schooling alternative, and resources such as this article will help you plan for your family’s transition.
Don’t limit your children only to the required books in a curriculum. Children should be reading all types of materials, including newspapers and periodicals. Current events can be the start of great discussions, so have your child read articles as part of their lessons. By asking them to tell you what they think about what they just read, you will help them learn how to analyze things, which is something they will need throughout life.
Meanwhile, you probably don’t want your children mixed up with the wrong crowd at a public school, they still external social interaction. Schedule play dates with kids from your neighborhood or even other homeschool families. Go to a park and let your kids play with other children. Allow your children to join various organizations, clubs and teams.
Research homeschool laws in your area. Each state has its own set of rules and requirements for homeschooling standards, so never assume that your bases are all covered. While certain states require you to submit lessons plans and standardized tests every year, others simply require that you file an exemption form with your school district. Some states might not allow homeschools unless they are registered private schools.
Don’t overlook the financial implications of choosing to homeschool your kids. It’s going to be a real hurdle if you must quit your job. Even stay at home parents should consider the time consumption that the homeschooling will take and consider the expenses that might add up for convenience.
Armed with the information you’ve learned here, you can create a vibrant and engaging lesson plan. If you have not yet begun homeschooling, these tips will be a great start for you. Your curriculum will only be as good as the creativity and knowledge that you put into it!