Updated: Apr 25, 2020
Deciding to home school your child is never an easy choice to make. However, there is a whole range of benefits to taking this approach over sending them to school. If you are thinking about taking on your child’s education and want to make sure that you get it right, here are some of the top tips on how to ace homeschooling for your child.
Don’t worry about creating a classroom at home
One of the first things that someone who is homeschooling will try and do is to create a classroom in their own home. Of course, having a space that is dedicated to learning is going to be hugely beneficial to you both, but you are never going to be able to create yourself a classroom in your home. So, stop worrying about where you learn and instead focus on how and what you will learn.
School when it suits you
Homeschooling means that you can work to your own schedule. Some children are early risers, which means that the best work could be done before everyone else has got up and out. Equally, some children learn better once they have properly woken up. Make sure that you enjoy this benefit to homeschooling and school when it suits. This could be afternoons, mornings, weekends and of course during the normal school holidays too. Pick a schedule that matches with your family.
Take the time to plan your days
Planning is a key part of being able to home school well. It might not be the most interesting of things to do, but being able to sit down and plan your day is going to really help you to get the most out of it. Whilst it is great to have long-term goals, it is best to take each day as it comes. Plan the night before what you will do the next day and not only will that mix things up a bit, but will also allow you to plan in some time away from learning.
Here I added an example of daily activity or routine planner for when you're starting to homeschool your child. This plan will work for children from 7-12 years old, it's just an example of a typical homeschooling day.
7:45 am - Get your children involved in preparing a healthy breakfast
8:00 am - Some dishes to put away and tidying up, getting ready for the day.
8:30 am - Start your online lessons with videos and tutorials, here is a recommendation
10:00 am - Read a chapter from your favourite book out loud to improve your diction
11: 00 am - Start a musical instrument practice. Here I put a link for more information.
11: 45 am - Prepare lunch with your child together, here are some ideas
12:30 pm - Have lunch in, or just walk somewhere in nature to have a picnic near your house. Talk to your child about anything, find interesting, educational subjects to discuss and debate. Use a conversation cube, play games, have fun, laugh, enjoy life
3:30 pm - After having a nice snack, do some more work on an easy subject
4:30 pm - Have a tutor over for some extra help, or go to a workshop class, an additional activity happening in your area. Swimming/Tennis lesson is another option.
6:00 pm - Help with dinner, eating together with the family.
9:30 pm - Read a book, write a journal, listen to relaxation music and good night.
Remember to be a family too
One of the drawbacks of homeschooling is that it can be hard to step away from that teaching role and instead focus on being a family. So, it is vital that you take the time to remember that you are a family too. Have some fun together, do things that you did before you homeschooled and this will help you to feel more connected as a family. This can also help to gain focus when the time comes to knuckle down and get some work done.
Homeschooling is hugely beneficial for both you and your child, however, it is vital that it is done right. Hopefully, these top tips have helped you to make sense of homeschooling as well as give you some of the ways that you can make sure that you are doing everything that you can for your child.
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