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Home School Strategies

Set Up A Successful Home School Program For Your Child With Our TOP 10 Strategies

Introduction

Regardless of your reasons for wanting to home school, one of the questions that is probably burning in your mind is:

Do I have what it takes to be an effective teacher?

Will your children buckle down and get the work done? Can you get rid of the distractions in their lives so they can learn and focus more easily? How do you separate family time from school time so it’s well balanced?

And how will you still find time to complete your own personal tasks each day while still being available to your child?

One of the first things you need to keep in mind is to be a parent first and an educator second. Your kids are going to need Mom or Dad to love them, listen to them, and play with them.

Yes, you can do these things while they’re learning once you get the hang of things, but have those as your priorities, especially when you’re just starting out. That doesn’t mean school isn’t as important, but it does mean they need to realize that first of all, you’re Mom or Dad (or Grandma, Grandpa, whatever the case may be J.

They should feel free to come to you with their problems instead of worrying you’ll get upset or frustrated because they need extra help. 

Remember, this is a transition for both you and your child and it will require commitment, dedication and above all else, patience!

Here are ten tips you can follow that will allow you to home school without losing your marbles.
Let’s begin!

Create a Reasonable Plan

In order to be successful with home schooling your child, you need to create a plan of action. Your child’s school may be able to provide you with a curriculum you can follow. This might include worksheets, workbooks, or educational websites your child will need to use in order to complete specific tasks or assignments.

If you’re lucky enough to have the school’s help, your main job will be to make sure everyone’s participating, everything’s getting done on time, and everyone understands the lessons.

If your school isn’t all that involved, don’t panic. Yes, you’ll be making up your own lesson plans, but you’ll still have plenty of help. You want to base your plans around your child’s grade level, their skills and abilities, and on the work they were doing at school (if you can find that out).

Run a Google search for your child’s grade level and your State’s Board of Education to find learning goals for each of their subjects. You’ll want to concentrate on “The Three R’s” (reading, writing, and arithmetic AKA language arts and math) of course, but remember not to neglect the other courses. Your child will benefit from a solid knowledge of science or history, as well as the creativity taught by the arts.

There are plenty of online sources that can help as well. You can download entire textbooks, worksheets, workbooks, and lesson plans. You can also get involved in Facebook groups dedicated to home schooling, if you need help or feel you’d benefit from the encouragement from other parents who may be facing the same challenges.  

In addition, use Google to find language and math websites that offer online lessons or extra learning practice. Your local library can also be a lifesaver. Get to know your librarian and find out what kinds of resources they may offer!

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