Home-Schooling Tips For Mothers

by : Kris Koonar

Who is a homeschooling mother. There are full-time afterschooling moms and homeschooling moms in every church, town, culture, in most countries. These moms are following the path laid by Adam and Eve, and carried forward for various reasons in various forms through the generations. However, today a homeschooling mom should follow certain steps to make sure the homeschool curriculum stays in its place.

Following are some tips you can follow to help simply the homeschooling process

Know your philosophy or approach.

Why do you want to opt for homeschooling for your kids at home? Is it because of the academics, safety, religious, or philosophical reasons? You need to have a clear answer before you design a homeschool program of your own and educate your children the right way.

Check the local regulations.

Education laws change by town and state. Consult the local school district for knowing what the basic requirements of the home-school programs in your area are. There are some that require a strict curriculum, whereas others specify that particular targets should be achieved by a certain age.

Be organized, patient, and flexible.

Your role would be doubled. You will have to be a parent as well as a teacher, and it is not possible for either to always agree. In instances, where a mom could be a pushover, the teacher on the other hand should expect and demand excellence, as productive education is the goal.

Develop a working relationship with the child.

What works for someone else may not work for you. Both, the student and teacher should be working together towards the goals set.

Find other homeschool parents.

Local community groups or the Internet are a great way for finding other parents and kids for science projects, field trips, support, and advice. However, the more diverse philosophies, the more diverse would be the homeschooling families. Before you get together, discuss the schooling approaches implemented. Besides, this also helps in widening the social circle with the kids interacting with the other homeschooling kids.

Set aside a time and place for academic work.

Many people with home offices believe that its important to have a specific area that keeps away home life from work life. The same applies to homeschooling. Your child and you need a comfortable workspace in a well-lighted place, devoid of all obligations and distractions of the household.

Be willing to Graduate your child to school, if and when he is ready to go.

Since you are the parent, you are the ultimate decision-maker. However in certain areas of life, listening to the desires and needs of the child would help you in making the best choices. As the child grows, he might wish to join a regular school while you would still want him at home. If you two talk about it, you can come to a common decision.

Have a method of evaluation for your child.

Many programs need some kind of yearly or more frequent evaluation of the home student progress. This could be an oral report, a test, project, or anything else.

Homeschooling mothers have raised children who have brought about a change the world. Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein were homeschooled. So were Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, Winston Churchill, Abigail Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and Woodrow Wilson. They also raised ordinary children who never made the history books, but who could look back and know their moms loved them enough to give up five prized hours of privacy and freedom to teach them to read.