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Quick Tips for the Home Schooling Parent

Feb 26, 2008
There is no one perfect way in which parents can make homeschooling a positive experience. But you can always make an effort to make a difference in schooling the children at home. Home schooling is in itself a good approach to schooling kids. If differs from the rigors of the public schooling scenario. It helps bring about changes in the way the children look at studies and changes their approach to studies, filling it with enthusiasm.

The most important thing for a homeschooling parent is to avoid replicating the conventional public schooling ways and design a unique plan for schooling the kids. Meet with some homeschooling parents in your area or join some groups and share information about the best practices that each follow. This give and take can help you to improve on your way of schooling the kids. Only thing is to be organized and patient while dealing with the children in their studies. You have to play the role of a demanding teacher where the parent does not help and vice versa. Work as a team with the kids.

Like in a home office, if you have set aside a separate area for the homeschooling it sets apart the work life and the home life. You can have a well-lit, intelligently decorated spot away from distractions of the daily life. If you put up some pictures of various artists you can make your child aware of the world's greatest art works, or if you put up pictures, clippings of different birds, animals and so on the children can develop an interest in knowing about them. A child may remember the names of cartoon characters but may not be aware of the nature's gifts around them. Such display can make them aware about these things and make it easier to remember.

When you are teaching your kids you have to be well researched about the matter. You should be able to satisfy the curiosity of the children so that they maintain their interest in learning new things. You may use nature's notebooks or have nature drawings filled up with crayons. Everyone enjoys music. Use the audio books to create interest in reading and making studies more interesting. It helps improve vocabulary and develops listening skills as well. In the early years, keep the lessons short and sweet.

There has to be a method for evaluation of children. If you have clear goals and communicate the same to the children you can work towards achieving it together. Generally there would be some yearly evaluation of the student's progress by ways of tests, oral report, projects etc. Some people feel that homeschooling takes away the social aspect of public schooling. But you can involve your child in various activities like scouting, sports activities and community events and so on. They would find more time to involve in such activities than other kids do.

Plan outdoor sessions, which are enjoyable learning for the children and at the same time- fun. Focus your energy on creating such sessions around an activity, which the children like most. Focus on the positives and strengths of the child and concentrate on improving that. Though you should not ignore the weakness use the strengths to eliminate such weakness gradually.

Every parent has to find and devise his or her own ways of homeschooling the children. Eventually even if the child wishes to go to a regular public school weigh the pros and cons and come to a decision.
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