Your Home School Program – What Does it Look Like?
You may be wondering what you should be doing for home schooling. The truth is that your home school is unique. It will not be like any other home school in the world. You and your children are unique individuals and will learn and relate in different ways.
Here are a few things that will determine what your home school looks like:
1. Who are you and your children as individuals? How do each of you learn best? Public schools tend to use the visual or auditory methods of teaching. With home schooling you can determine your children's learning style and how they learn best. Then you can implement learning to help them learn the way they learn best.
2. What is the routine of your day? Most people need a basic structure to their day. It can be formed around mealtimes. You get up, get dressed, and eat. Then you can do certain things in the morning, some other routines in the afternoon and others after dinner. Once children can read they can learn many things on their own. Reading, writing and arithmetic are the most important routines. Then you can add the other subjects you think are important. If your expectations are clearly stated, your children will know what is expected of them each day.
3. What are the boundaries in your home? What are people allowed or not allowed to do? Can your children watch TV before their work is done for the day? How are they allowed to speak to their parents and siblings? If you lay down some guidelines for proper behavior, everyone knows where the boundary lines are and you do not have to feel guilty enforcing those.
Most of all your child needs to feel loved and accepted. They will not remember most of their lessons, although they will grow by working each day. What they will remember most is how they felt when they were around you and how you treated them.