Today, more moms and dads are considering home schooling their children because of all the benefits it holds. Some opt for this because they want more control over what their kids are learning and want to make sure that they are on track or even ahead of their peers if their mental capacity allows.
The proof is in the pudding that home schooled children tend to be much smarter than the average public and private school child. This is because all of your focus is on the child, rather than it being split between 20+ students.
I home school my two older children and plan to do the same for my three pre-schoolers. It was a real learning curve, since I didn’t have anyone to guide me through the process, so hopefully, you will find the following tips to be helpful in getting you started with schooling your elementary children at home.
Check with your state’s home school regulations
The first thing you need to do is check with your state’s educational department to determine how you can register your child as a home schooler. In most cases, you have to fill out a form and submit it.
Certain states require that your child be evaluated by a licensed teacher at the end of every year, while others give parents more freedom, only requiring state tests to be performed every three years (3rd grade, 6th grade, etc.), which can be done in you home.
You’re also usually required to keep these tests and all the work your child does for up to two years, in case your child needs to be evaluated by the state. The regulations also include how many hours per day your child needs to be in “school”, so make sure to keep track of attendance.
Buying school supplies
For the children who can’t read, I recommend buying hooked on phonics math and reading. This is a great program and has helped my two children learn to read and count without much help from me.
Once they learn to read, the teaching gets 10 times easier, since they can begin reading comprehension lessons and start to pretty much teach themselves.
Amazon also has a lot of elementary activity books that are highly rated by teachers across the nation. These are actual worksheets that are used in public schools. I purchased these in Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade before moving them over to computer-based learning.
Look into the different home school options available
There are a variety of online and off-line home school courses available. Depending on how much you’re willing to spend each month, you can find something suitable for your child.
I opted for online learning because I want my children to learn to operate the computer, and it checks the work for me, so that I don’t have to.
As a work-at-home mom, I’m looking for as much help as I can get in schooling them. Today, they pretty much learn on their own, using Time4Learning.com’s Common Core educational program. I know that they’re learning the same things public school children are and more (the side stuff I like to teach).
It’s very affordable, especially if you have more than one child (they offer discounts for multiple children). As you’re getting your children ready for school, it’s important that you stick to a schedule, so that they can get used to an educational atmosphere.
Stay on top of their lessons and stay consistent. It’s easy to fall behind as a home schooler, so try to be organized and remain firm about your child’s education.