With school closings everywhere, the idea of homeschooling has become much more mainstream. But whether you are new to the concept, have been homeschooling for years, or you have thought of it and are taking this opportunity to transition into homeschooling full-time, there are many pros and cons involved. In particular, a lack of preparation can be the biggest factor in undermining you and your child’s success. Here are some tips to help you set the right expectations for a great homeschooling experience.
Structure is Key
There has long been a debate about how homeschooling compares to “real” school. But in the same way that there are different types of schools, such as public or private schools, that address student needs in different ways, homeschooling is what you make it. All arguments aside, when you approach homeschooling with the right amount of structure, you can handle all of the new responsibilities much more easily. For full-time homeschooling, choosing a curriculum is the first step, and there are countless resources from homeschool organizations. Next, consider making a designated school space in your home if you have the room because this will help your child stay focused. Lastly, creating a schedule that works for your family is vital. The benefit of homeschooling is that you don’t have it follow a traditional schedule. You can pick times of day when your child can work best.
Set the Pace
There are many reasons why parents choose to homeschool their children. But one of the most common reasons is because parents are concerned about the traditional school program being the best fit for their children. Especially if your child has a special need, it is perfectly understandable if you want to personally facilitate their growth at home. After all, you know what’s best for your child. The flexibility of homeschooling makes it easy for parents to let their children move up in subjects where they excel while also focusing on areas where they might struggle. Keep this in mind when you homeschool your child. Also, homeschooling works very well with occupational therapy, or any other types of therapy your child participates in. You can incorporate techniques that your child is working on in therapy at different points during your school day, or maybe even in the lessons themselves.
The Connections Therapy Center
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