Have you been reconsidering if public education is right for your child? Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but it can be a great choice for providing a personalized, hands-on approach to educating your children, so long as you do your research and you’re well prepared. Here are our tips on the best way to get started:
Get the facts
First and foremost, be sure to check your state’s homeschooling laws before you make any big decisions. If you’re not sure where to begin, this will give you a clearer idea of what credentials you’ll need, and which rules and expectations you’ll need to follow to provide the best education for your child.
It’s also a good idea to seek out testimonials of people who are already homeschooling. What are their methods, what have they found to be the most or least effective, and what advice can they give you?
Make a Plan
Now that you’ve got the foundational information, it’s time to start planning. Determine your teaching style, write your lesson plans, and set yourself up for success from day one in your new classroom.
This is a learning experience for you just as much as it is for your children, and it’s normal to get a little overwhelmed, but don’t stress yourself out trying to be an expert in every subject. Take a breath and focus on getting a solid understanding of whichever lessons are in front of you. And always keep your notes, in case you need to teach the same subject again later or your children want to review.
Find A Community
Whether it be an online forum or a group in your own town, it’s important to establish a community with other homeschool teachers as you embark on this journey. Give and receive feedback, share lesson plans, and create a supportive environment for each other. This will become an invaluable asset to you, and it will help you feel a little less alone in the process.
Have Fun With It!
Educating is one of the most important things you can do, but it doesn’t always have to be so serious. This can be a great chance to bond with your students, and getting a little creative with your lessons can help them gain a deeper understanding of the material. So, are you ready to get started? Don’t do it alone! At South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools, we can give you the guidance and support you need to confidently develop your home schooling program and get you on your feet. Reach out today to speak to one of our experienced counselors!