How to Homeschool Your Children
Homeschooling is a great way to build close relationships with your children while training them to become well-rounded adults. When you homeschool your children you are in charge of their education, what they learn and how they learn. You can tailor your children's education to each individual child, while incorporating your beliefs and morals into their daily lives.
Homeschooling is a lifestyle. Everyday is different, as is every family. Not every homeschooling curriculum will work for every family, or child for that matter. There are many different ways and methods to teaching your children at home. Finding what works for your family is a process of prayer, research, and trial and error. You cannot be afraid to chuck a curriculum out the door if it doesn't work for you or your child, no matter how much it costs. OK, don't toss it, resell it, but you get the idea. Eventually you will find what works for you and your children will thrive while learning at home.
How Do I get Started Teaching my Children at Home
The first thing to do it take it to the Lord. If you feel like He has planted this desire in your heart, then He will provide everything you need to make a go at it. I know when I first started homeschooling I didn't think I was good enough to teach my child, or very qualified either. Well, the good news is, the Lord does not call the qualified, He qualifies those whom He calls.
After you are confident in your decision to homeschool your children, you must find out what your state requirements and laws are for homeschooling. For state homeschooling laws, click here
. It is likely you will need to register your child with the county they are zoned to attend public school at.
After you have reviewed the laws and follow the steps necessary to teach your children at home, you will need to choose a curriculum(s). You can either get an "out of the box" curriculum which includes all subjects, or you can choose a different curriculum for each subject. Either way, it is good to browse the Internet for homeschooling curriculums and read reviews. A good place to start is www.homeschoolreviews.com. There are also many other websites that review homeschool curriculums. It is also a good idea to visit a local homeschool store or attend a homeschool convention so you can look at different curriculums and thoroughly review them before you purchase.
Once you choose a curriculum
and are ready to teach your children at home, try to come up with a general idea of how you want your day to go. If you are like some, you will have an hourly agenda and scheduled breaks. That's great if that works for you, but try to be flexible. Everyday is different and will come with it's own challenges. If you can't keep your schedule, try to learn to go with the flow. If you create a comfortable and easy-going atmosphere for teaching and learning, you and your children will thrive as you learn together. My favorite "homeschooling" scripture is found in Proverbs 16:21 "Sweetness of the lips increases learning". Try to avoid letting your frustrations show to your children. And you will get frustrated! That scripture has helped me a ton!
Click here for help with figuring out your teaching style and your child's learning style!
Be sure to keep a portfolio of your children's work. Most states/counties will require this to be kept up and available for review upon request. View your state's requirements by clicking here
. For ideas about how to start and maintain a portfolio, click here
Look into local homeschool support groups. There are many different types of homeschool groups, such as, co-ops, fellowship groups and activity groups. Many homeschool support groups incorporate fellowship and field trips as well as enbcouragement for each other as homeschooling moms. Check your local area for a homeschool support group. Consider checking out the group in person before you join. Not everyone is a good fit for every group. It is not only important for your children to find friends, but for you to find like-minded homeschool moms to be friends with as well. Trust me, you will need friends who understand what you are going through.
Many local areas offer free services to homeschoolers, such as homeschool PE. Be sure to check out what is available to you in your area.