Is homeschooling right for you and your child? There are many benefits to homeschooling, which I’ve previously written about (most recently in my May 7 post). However, it’s nothing to rush into. Here are three important considerations, three critical thoughts, before you take the homeschooling route–which can prove an exciting journey.
First, are you willing to make the personal sacrifice you’ll be accepting? In general, homeschool parents have very little personal time. Each day, you’ll need to make an effort create even a small amount of alone time. While your child is working on learning management system work, for example, you might find a moment for yourself. Or perhaps a tutor comes a couple of hours a week to teach math or aide with an online courseware subject. Just remember that your personal time–however miniscule–is important for your mental health, so be sure to take advantage of any opportunity that presents itself.
Second, is everyone in the family on board with the decision to homeschool? This is an essential precondition of homeschooling: that both parents (if applicable) are in agreement about the decision. It will prove very difficult for everyone involved if one parent is against it. If this is the case for you, try talking to more people and doing more research on homeschooling. Read up on learning management systems and other learning materials before bringing up the topic with your spouse again.
Third, are you a generally organized person? (And if not, are you ready to change your ways?) Organization is essential in a homeschool environment, not only to combat the clutter that naturally accumulates with experiments and projects, but also to track your child’s progress. If your child is homeschooled, you may want to consider using a learning management system to meet both your child’s and your needs. A learning management system is a great way to both integrate technology into your lesson plans as well as organize and keep on top of your child’s educational journey.
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