Entering into the world of Home Schooling can seem like a big step. Once you have chosen to go forth and you have selected an educational provider to support you and your children, here are a few suggestions.
- Decide on a daily schedule: One of the fun parts of Home Schooling is your flexibility. Balancing flexibility with structure and consistency is a key factor. What times of day are you available to provide instruction and supervision? Will you use online study groups and resources. When will phone or email assistance from a teacher be available?
- Setting realistic outcomes: How much work in each subject area is expected each day? A child’s age and attention span are important factors to consider. Outcomes are more important than time spent on a subject. Agree on methods of documenting your child’s mastery of content areas.
- Create a Home Schooling space: It is helpful to create a space where your curriculum materials are kept, along with materials; computers, calculators or whatever fits the program. Having the space be child friendly and organized is often a plus.
- Addressing extracurricular: How will your child get social contact? There are many community activities in which Home School students have the option to participate. You may wish to team up with other families for educational field trips? Your program provider, such as IEM, will have suggestions for enrichment activities that support your child’s educational program. Home School parents are a great source of ideas for group-based experiences.