Social media and various blogs might lead you to believe that educating your children at home will be a breeze. But what happens when you bring up the idea of homeschooling and your child is less than enthusiastic? It can be frustrating when you feel as if you are making the right choices for your child, but they would rather get on the big yellow bus.
When you determine that your child isn’t on board with a homeschooling journey, what’s your next step? Before you give up hope, here are a few ways you can introduce homeschooling to your reluctant child.
1. Investigate the Reasons for Resistance to Homeschooling
The first thing you’ll want to do is find out why your child is resistant to the idea of homeschooling. For example, a child who has already been in school might worry about missing their friends or favorite activities like sports, music, and art.
A child who hasn’t attended school before might have been excited about it based on its portrayal in movies, TV shows, and books. Or, their young friends might be talking about starting kindergarten.
2. Discuss the Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
It’s a good idea to create a list of the pros and cons of homeschooling so that you and your child can review these options together. For example, some of the pros of homeschooling would be more academic choices and freedom with your schedule. Cons might include not getting to play on the school playground or seeing friends every day.
After compiling the list, you may be able to address some of the concerns. For example, your child can play at the large city park instead, which has an even bigger playground. And, maybe they can see their friends after school or on the weekends.
3. Listen to Your Child’s Feedback
Homeschooling is something that is going to have a profound impact on your entire family. So, it’s important that you consider your child’s feedback in this decision. As you work through these issues, keep the lines of communication open so that you help your child embrace their new homeschooling journey.
4. Look for Ways to Compromise
When having these discussions with your child, see if there are any ways you can compromise to make them feel more comfortable with this transition. For example, are there any homeschool groups in your area that can connect them with other children for social interaction? What about signing them up for after-school sports teams or music lessons?
5. Offer Occasional Incentives
While some parents dislike offering incentives to children for doing schoolwork, there’s nothing wrong with giving your child rewards for dedicating themselves to something, like homeschooling. Only you know what truly works in getting your child motivated.
Get the Homeschooling Support You Need from SCAIHS
If you’re thinking about making the transition to homeschooling in South Carolina, you don’t have to handle everything on your own. Even if these suggestions get your child on board, there are plenty of things you’ll need to do. Fortunately, there is more support available than you may realize.
Since 1990, the South Carolina Association of Independent Home Schools (SCAIHS) has been supporting homeschooling parents and their children throughout the state. We offer curriculum assistance, academic programs, bookstore discounts, online reporting and documentation, and much more. Contact us to learn more about the benefits of SCAIHS membership, and let us help you get on the road to a successful homeschooling experience.