Homeschooling can be a great way to give your children the best possible start in life. Instead of competing with a class of over 30 other kids for their teacher’s attention, your kids get valuable one on one time with a dedicated teacher who knows them and their learning needs better than anyone else on the planet. When you’ve been homeschooling for a while, any other approach can seem way less efficient and conducive to academic excellence. But in order to be an outstanding teacher, parents also need to be outstanding students. After all, any classroom is only as good as the teacher at the head of it. And if you manage your homeschooling duties alongside other work and/or the myriad responsibilities of maintaining a house, it can feel as though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.
With that in mind, here are some ways to break down the barriers to your own learning so you can better educate your kids…
A productive brain starts with good nutrition!
If your mind isn’t well-nourished and well-rested, you’re building on an infirm foundation. Plus, you can become more prone to stress and frustration when teaching your kids. With that in mind, make sure that your meals are full of these plant-based foods known for their memory and brain-boosting faculties. If you’re too busy to cook and prepare nutritious meals, try blending some of these fruits, veggies, and grains into a smoothie. You can’t unlock your mind’s potential on PB&J! Plus, even eating right provides valuable learning potential to teach your kids about the importance of nutrition.
Learn on the go
Remember that knowledge doesn’t come exclusively from books!
In the digital age, a homeschooling parent can learn everything they need to educate their kids on the go through podcasts and an adult audiobook here and there. So long as it’s from a reliable source and properly aligned with the curriculum, you can teach yourself about whatever you need to teach your kids while driving in the car, working out at the gym or walking the dog. Need to note down some key facts, dates or stats? Either make a note on your phone or simply keep listening back to it until it sinks in. What a time to be alive.
Remember, everything’s a resource!
The beauty of being a parent and an educator is that you know what your kids will respond to and how you can supplement their learning. You know what stimulates and excites them better than any conventional classroom teacher possibly could.
Every book you read, every movie you watch, every piece of art you come across has the potential to tie into the curriculum you set out for your kids.
Get out of your home!
Finally, while the digital world can be invaluable to homeschooling parents, they should still take the time to explore the world outside their doors. The beauty of being a homeschooling parent is that you can take your kids to nearby galleries and museums or sites of natural and historical interests way more often than most kids get to go on field trips. And you won’t even have to fill in a single risk assessment!