Homeschooling your kids is one of the wisest decisions you can ever make as a parent (pre and post-pandemic) and since you have already decided to homeschool your child, we will not get into great details about the advantages of going that route.
Homeschooling your children is a great way of helping them enjoy their studies more so they can attain better grades and keep attaining them. It’s also a great way to infuse your core values, beliefs, culture, and history into your child’s education.
Following are the best tips you can start using today as you continue or begin homeschooling your children:
1. Do your research.
The only way of ensuring your child gets the kind of education suited for him is by knowing the school’s curriculum. Find out the school’s course outline before you begin teaching your child and know where your child needs improvement.
When you are aware of the program offered by your kid’s academic institution, talk to your kids about your decision to start teaching them from home.
2. Set goals.
You will only hit your target and get what you are aiming for by setting clear goals for your kids’ education. Talk to them about what you intend to accomplish by homeschooling them and begin setting goals. For instance, if your 13-year old is facing some challenges with one specific topic, one of the goals you need to set is: Improve Algebra and outline the best ways of doing so.
3. Decide on the timetable with your kids.
The most important thing to remember when homeschooling your kids is that you must avoid overdoing it. The learning timetable or schedule must include constant breaks. Include 10-minute breaks after every topic that is more challenging to them before moving on to the next subject.
Avoid setting the timetable without asking them for suggestions. Your child will better enjoy his studies if he is actively involved in the learning process including deciding what to learn and when.
4. Make learning fun and enjoyable.
While it is important to focus on your child’s grades it is also wise to avoid turning the learning process into a grueling task or competition. Include fun activities and make learning from home enjoyable for your kids. Turn it into something they can look forward to by making the process easy.
One way of making learning easy for your kids is including creative activities they enjoy in the learning schedule. For example, if your daughter loves painting but it is not included in her curriculum, you can still add it to the homeschooling timetable at least once a day.
5. Cultivate your child’s passions.
Your kids have unique passions that need to be cultivated and showing you care for their interests will encourage them to be the best they can be in life and everything else they do.
6. Keep encouraging your kids to do better.
Improve your child’s grades by complimenting him or her for small victories. “Great job”, “Keep up the good work”, or a simple pat in the back for a job well done goes a long way. Positive compliments will not only boost your child’s self-esteem but it will also motivate him to love learning and continue improving. Positive comments are also one of the most effective ways of encouraging your kids to do better and be better.
7. Reward them for their successes.
Make learning enjoyable for your kids by rewarding them for accomplishing set goals, improving their understanding, performing better, and improving their grades. A few examples of some of the rewards you can give to your kids include buying them what they ask for, a bike, a pet, etc. You can also allow your child to watch his favorite animated movie after sticking to the daily learning routine. That would be one of the best rewards, trust me.
Ready to get started? Check out my Homeschool Get Going Guide!