Are you thinking about homeschooling your child? Maybe it seems daunting to you, but that’s OK; there’re a lot of factors to consider. Homeschooling will change your family’s dynamic, but it can be extremely rewarding and allow both your child and you to grow.
Choosing to homeschool will have a profound effect on their life and yours. But before you decide to take the plunge, there are four things you should know about homeschool.
You might worry about homeschooling because you don’t have a degree. Most states allow parents to homeschool their children with only a high school diploma. What’s important to remember is you don’t need to be an expert; you only need the right resources.
Luckily, there are many online resources and homeschooling communities you can access to help you create a curriculum and a schedule.
Do you have the time to dedicate hours to teaching your child every day? While it usually takes the dedication of one parent, homeschooling might not require the daily six to eight hours most students spend in public or private classrooms.
Teachers in formal schools have dozens of children to teach—you only have one or two (even three or four is doable). Find a schedule that works for your family and talk to other parents or homeschool specialists to help you find a homeschooling schedule that doesn’t infringe on your family’s happiness.
There is still a misconception that homeschooling produces children who don’t know how to socialize. This isn’t true. School isn’t the only place to make friends; sports, clubs, and volunteering are all structured settings where your child can meet other children. That’s not to mention organic opportunities, like meeting other children in the neighborhood or your friends’ children.
When you’re researching homeschool resources, talk to other homeschool parents for playgroups, intramural sports teams, and other ways for children to socialize.
Did you know that children’s brains develop during playtime? The flexibility in a homeschool schedule should include breaks to allow your child to move around, which is a must for children who are restless or have sensory needs.
Incorporating playtime breaks throughout the day can benefit children who fidget and learn better in smaller increments. If you think your child could benefit from small playtime breaks throughout the day, it’s another reason to explore your homeschooling options.
These four things to know about homeschool are a place to start learning about homeschool’s positive benefits to students. There are tons of reasons parents decide to homeschool, and a positive learning environment is one!