Homeschooling - So Many Questions
By Mary Joyce
A huge decision it is … homeschooling. Now that you’ve made this decision to teach at home, the many questions you thought you had now seem to have doubled. Doubled at least! Now one question just seems to lead to three more. Questions will need to be answered on curriculum, on testing and assessing. What about the style of teaching and curriculum.
Have you check out and become familiar with all of the state and local mandates concerning operating a home school in your area? As a parent you want the best for your child…. But what is the best? And on and on.
When you think about it, the driving force behind all of this is one word…. Learning. Ask yourself. How does my child learn? Have you just taken the time to really observe how your child learns? If not, do so. Think about yourself. How do you learn? What type of learning technique really sticks in your mind? Visual? Hands on? Reading? Do you learn better in a small group or left more alone to figure it out?
No matter the type of learning environment or technique that works best for you, there is one underlying principle to learning and that is motivation. For you, the homeschool parent, creating nothing could be easier. Placing the child in a caring, loving environment, with the natural encouragement of their parent directly addresses the element of motivation. Every child loves to please and hear the praises of the parents.
As a parent your child’s well being and educational success are naturally at the forefront. As the child’s primary educator and parent, your success is already on a successful track. Read and research, then read and research some more. Your teaching at home style will come... actually you already own a patent on the style... Your love for your child.
Mary Joyce is a former educator, successful homeschool parent, and has written many articles on teaching your child at home for the Homeschool-Curriculum-4u website. Please visit (http://www.homeschool-curriculum-4u.com/) for more of Mary's articles.