As schools around the country have been forced to close their doors and switch to remote learning in the wake of COVID-19, more parents are finding themselves teaching their children from home these days.
But this new wave of learning from home isn’t exactly the same thing as homeschooling. Temporarily teaching from home and homeschooling your children may sound the same, but we want to clear the air and give parents a better picture of what regularly homeschooling your children actually looks like.
Homeschooling is a Choice, Not a Mandate
With little notice or chance to prepare, parents with their own work schedules and little to no teaching experience have been suddenly put into the role of being a tutor and problem-solver for their children on subjects they haven’t studied in years. But the decision to homeschool your children is a big choice, and it requires research and preparation to ensure you provide the best possible education for your child.
For most traditional homeschool parents, teaching their children is their full-time job. That choice alone takes commitment, and certainly requires a look at your schedule and your budget to make sure it’s a feasible option for your family.
Lesson Plans are Individual and Intentional
Public and private school distance learning lesson plans are designed for large numbers of students who are typically in class together, where each student is given the same class notes, assignments, and exams. One of the biggest advantages in homeschooling your children is the ability to dictate your own lesson plans and provide more personalized instruction. You know your child’s strengths and weaknesses, and you can develop your assignments around how they learn best.
Homeschool parents also need to consider activities for their children outside of the classroom. Though homeschooled children often get their lessons individually, they don’t live in a bubble. Parents of homeschooled children are encouraged to find a network in their communities where they can organize study groups or club and sport activities for their children.
Remote Learning is Temporary
In such an unprecedented time, it’s inspiring to see teachers, students, and parents from every educational background rise to the challenge of emergency remote learning. We all want what’s best for our students, no matter what environment they’re learning in.
As a trusted voice in the homeschooling community, South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools wants to help you provide the best possible education for your loved ones by offering counseling by the hour for any parents who find themselves temporarily homeschooling their children.And for parents considering making the switch to full-time homeschooling, we can give you the guidance and support you need to get started. Contact us to get in touch with one of our trained counselors today.