Here are some tips from SFK Media Specially for Kids Corp., the company that developed the ReadEnt at-home learning program.
- Connect with other home-schooling families through community groups or online. Such groups often organize field trips, discuss approaches to home schooling and share stories and advice.
- Designate a separate area of your home to serve as the "classroom." It should be someplace that is comfortable and free of distractions.
- Involve your child in the curriculum. Let your child choose some of the workbooks for each subject, but steer him or her to the appropriate grade level. The more your child is involved in the process, the more excited he or she will be about the subject matter.
- Keep your child active. It is important that home-schooled children socialize with others. Encourage your child to become active in sports, music or clubs, just as any child attending school.
- Learn about your local regulations governing home schooling. Education laws vary by state and town.
- Look for "teaching moments." For example, if you bake cookies at home, ask your child how many you baked. If you take a walk to the park, turn it into a lesson in science and nature.
- Use unique learning tools to keep your student interested. SFK's Reading Movies, for example, improve reading, comprehension and vocabulary skills and are entertaining at the same time.
These interactive movies use a patented technology called Action Captions in which each spoken word appears on the screen in real time, without interfering with the flow or entertainment of the movie. The movies are available in a set of three DVDs featuring such classics as "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," "Gulliver's Travels" and "The Trojan Horse". As a result, reading and spoken language skills develop naturally.