Pre-covid, the US had around 1.5 million homeschooling families. Post-covid, that number has tripled, with more parents than ever before choosing to homeschool their children rather than sending them to a traditional school, and it’s easy to see why. Homeschooling boasts so many fantastic benefits, and others a unique and creative approach to education.
If you’re new to homeschooling then you are, most likely, feeling overwhelmed. Don’t worry, that’s a perfectly normal response. It’s one thing homeschooling through a pandemic but it’s completely another choosing to pull your kids out of school completely and take total charge of their education. It’s scary, daunting, and extremely overwhelming.
The good news is that there is an abundance of support on offer, so there is no need to feel like you are dealing with homeschooling on your own. There are plenty of resources, support groups, and guides designed to help make homeschooling as simple and straightforward as possible.
To help to make starting out as a homeschooler a little easier, we’ve put together a handy guide to lots of the ins and outs of homeschooling and all of the essentials that you should know.
There’s no right method
When it comes to homeschooling, don’t get caught up in the fact that there’s a certain method to getting homeschooling right, because that isn’t the case. There’s no right way to homeschool your children, the approach to home education is completely up to you. You need to carve your own path for educating your children at home. Don’t feel pressure to home school in a certain way – you need to homeschool in a way that is a good fit for you and your family.
Don’t forget that there are plenty of educational resources available to help make homeschooling as enjoyable as possible. There are lots of online learning resources, as well as the option of considering trying cyber schools to help make educating your children from home easier and less stressful.
Home education doesn’t have to mean doing everything yourself – don’t be afraid to utilize resources. Join local home education groups and learn from other parents. Take your children to local classes, such as Forest School classes and cooking classes. Take advantage of every resource available to you and your children. Homeschooling is about increasing the quality of education that a child has, so the more resources you can use, the better.
Make learning fun
Don’t forget that a key aspect of being able to home educate your children is being able to make learning fun and exciting. Don’t forget to take time to make learning enjoyable and memorable for your children.
Plan activities that you know they will love. Take day trips with them that will be exciting and interesting for them. For instance, say you are learning about natural habitats, you could plan a trip to a local wildlife park or zoo and attend the scheduled talks with your children offered by the attraction to help educate them about the habitats of the animals in the zoo or wildlife park.
There you have it, a guide to making homeschooling simpler and easier.