Veteran Homeschooling Parent Shares Tips To Get You Started On Your Homeschooling Journey
By Issa Mas
Does the pandemic have you worried about sending your child into a brick & mortar school, but you found your school district’s “distance learning” curriculum inadequate or its schedule too difficult to keep up with as a working parent? If you are considering homeschooling as an alternative for this upcoming school year but don’t know where to begin, here Tips To Get You Started On Your Homeschooling Journey
Tips To Get You Started On Your Homeschooling Journey
Be Honest With Yourself About Who Your Child Is
As parents, we have so many wishes and dreams for our children, and academic excellence is one of them. Knowing your child’s learning style, their tolerance for stress, and their personal interests will help you to understand what they will need in a homeschool curriculum. Are they avid readers? Consider a curriculum that is heavily literacy-based. Does your kid love math and science? Look for curriculums that are more STEM based to keep them engaged and interested.
Be Honest With Yourself About Who You Are As A Parent
Are you a hands-on parent who is exceedingly patient? Do you get frustrated easily and are prone to yelling? Look at your parenting style (without judgements!), and choose a curriculum that lends itself easily to your style. There are curriculums that are parent-labor-intensive for the parent who chooses to sit with their child every step of the way, and there are curriculums that are far more student-led, allowing the child to take on more personal responsibility for their studies with the parent taking on more of a supervisory role than a teacher role. Choose a curriculum that allows for the most ease and harmony in your home.
Outsource Wherever Possible
Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that the entirety of the homeschooling process has to fall on your shoulders. You may have a friend who is an incredible artist, or a sibling who is an expert musician, or a parent who is a math wiz. Reach out to the people in your village and ask if they would like to assist in your child’s homeschooling process. You will likely be pleasantly surprised at how many of your people would be more than thrilled to help!
Ask Yourself What Your Goals Are For The School Year
Are you looking to offer a rigorous level of academics to a highly gifted learner? Is your child’s mental health more of a concern right now? Look to curriculums that offer the level of rigor that is most appropriate for your both your child’s academic and emotional needs as they prepare to learn in the midst of a high-stress environment: a global pandemic.
Get Some Help To Get Started
If your family is fully on board in choosing homeschooling for this school year but you are overwhelmed with all of the many options and requirements, there’s help! I launched the Homeschool Starter Set to provide parents who are overwhelmed with the plethora of options out there with a set of documents that provide state homeschooling requirements, a shortlist of the most popular online homeschool curriculums and educational supplements, templates of required documents that must be submitted to your school districts, and more!
Whatever you choose, please be gentle with yourselves. This is an extremely difficult time for all parents, and you should know that whatever you choose you are doing what you feel is best for your family.