A homeschooler’s guide to where to begin.
When it comes to educating your child at home, there are many options for how you want to go about it. And this is a perfect time to start choosing between the best schools and the best homeschoolers.
As a parent looking to learn more about homeschooling, here’s what you need to know about where to start with your education choice.
What Is Home Education?
Home education is the process of teaching children at home, using a variety of methods and practices that suit them best. Typically, these include things like reading lessons, science experiments, math lessons, and other educational topics. Depending on the needs of parents and their children, different types of homeschooling will be considered.
Why Do Parents Choose This Option?
There are several reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children. Some may believe that they can achieve an academic edge over the traditional school environment by teaching their child at home.
Other parents may not have access to quality education due to geographical constraints or financial issues. They may also be concerned about safety in public schools. Whatever the reason, most parents want the best education possible for their children, so they look into all available options before deciding on one.
How Does It Work?
Parents who choose to homeschool their children have a few options. The main method involves creating lesson plans, setting up schedules, and getting ready for school as if they were going through the traditional system. The only difference is the teacher-parent relationship, which makes it seem like the child is going to school. However, this isn’t always true.
Are There Any Downsides or Concerns?
Not really. In fact, the benefits far outweigh any negatives. If you are worried about the lack of structure or feeling like your child isn’t learning anything, then you might benefit from starting out with a curriculum provider. Many of these offer online courses that help provide structure and accountability to the parent/teacher dynamic.
Where Can You Get Started Today?
If you’re beginning your homeschool journey, you’re in luck. Many resources exist today that make it easy to get started. You can find a list of curriculum providers by searching Google, and even purchase a curriculum in person.
However, some people prefer to do it themselves. They often use free materials, such as books and websites, to create lesson plans that fit their family’s needs. This allows them to tailor the experience to fit exactly what their child learns best.
If you don’t feel confident enough to tackle it yourself, consider hiring a tutor or enrolling your child in a private or charter school.
When Should I Start My Child?
This varies greatly depending on your child’s needs, but typically, if they are still young, you should start as soon as they enter pre-K. If your child is older, or has already attended school, you could start them when they reach a certain age or grade level (usually around 7th).
In general, younger kids require less attention and a lot of hands-on activities while older students need more time for independent work.
How Long Will It Take Before We See Results?
It depends on the type of homeschool you decide on. A curriculum provider can usually help you plan lessons that fit a specific timeframe. On the other hand, parents who choose to teach themselves may take longer because they have to figure out everything themselves. Most likely, it will take a couple months before you see results.
How Much Money Will This Cost Me?
You can expect to spend anywhere from $0-$1000 per year. While this price range seems large, remember that you won’t pay for textbooks, supplies, or food. Instead, you will invest money into finding a curriculum (if you aren’t doing it yourself) or paying tutors or teachers. The amount you spend will depend on how involved you want to become and how much your child will need help with.