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Homeschooling Basics: Obtaining Curriculum Choices

Nov 14, 2007
As any set of parents who chose to send their children to public or private schools would do, there are also those who wanted to literally be a part of their offspring's educational advancement. As much as this requires one of them to spend full-time at home, there is also the need to gather basic facts and materials to cover the necessary lessons for each child in a year.

Homeschooling is indeed not an easy decision to tackle when it comes to dedication and commitment. A guardian or one of the parents has to be present during the day to be with the children and to meet their educational needs and appointments. The next necessary step to take is the selection of curriculum to be used for the program. The right books to use and age-appropriate activities to introduce to each child are common concerns especially for beginning teachers.

Since there is no perfect template to be followed as to how the process of homeschooling could be perfected, as that could be a subjective view, there are suggested programs provided by various organizations to enable the starting family launch on their personal homeschooling journey. The internet can provide a list of hosts that suggest books, materials and projects for the children.

If there are two or more children in the same homeschooling household, then it would be more practical to share the books of the older students to their younger siblings and create a pattern or program that fits with their learning curves. How the older ones fared with a certain subject may help gauge the younger ones' approach to the topics at hand. But this is a tricky approach to some extent.

As we are all different in a lot of ways, so does our handling of tasks both mentally and socially. Thus parents should not be surprised if they notice how different one child's reception to a lesson is compared to an older or younger sibling. This may come as a shock to some who expect that since these kids grew up together, they can have somewhat similar takes on their lessons.

Handling these children individually may be daunting to some. But they should see the beauty and the challenge in their differences. One child may be more active and extroverted to his approach in his lessons, while another might be more passive and receptive without much physical restlessness involved. Thus comes the need to discern what actions to take prior and after each lesson. Parents can personalize each lesson plan according to the strengths and weaknesses of each child, and take note of those differences. He or she can then note the improvements as the weeks and months progress.

The tie that binds to the successful outcome of homeschooling is the teacher's personalized handling of his/her kids both educationally and parentally. Children easily pick up the mood of the parent, and thus are sensitive to his/her personal struggles at home as well. This can also be regarded as a beautiful bond that cannot be obtained in a structured school setup. Although teachers in an institutionalized learning facility can be sensitive and approachable enough for their children, they could not replace the parent's role in the children's lives.
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