I already decided to implement it, now what?, I want to do homeschool but I do not know how … When we try to take the next step we find ourselves with many doubts, How does homeschooling work? Where do I begin? What books do I buy?
How Does Homeschooling Work? Decisions, Decisions…
One of the things that happen to parents when starting and not knowing how does homeschooling work, is that we believe that we should recreate the school at home, that is, bring textbooks, subjects, schedules, the same method, to be able to do “school at home” It does not have to be this way. We are going by parts, these are my suggestions:
The first thing to answer is why I want to educate at home, what are your reasons for not entering your children to school or to get them out of the school system. These may be for academic, physical, emotional, or spiritual needs. If you want, make a list, so you can remember if you ever have doubts.
2.- ESTABLISH PRIORITIES.
Keep in mind the priorities for your family and your children in the short and long term. Having your objectives clear helps you to know what approach you want to take and what learning environment will be best for your family.
What do you want for your children, what will be your mission in their education, what is your philosophy of learning, how do you see your children in their development, do you want freedom or structure, what do they want to focus on, etc.?
3.- KNOW THE METHODS TO MAKE HOMESCHOOL.
There are different ways to do it, research each one so you can find the one that is most suitable for your family and your lifestyle.
4.- MAKE YOUR PLAN
Imagine the ideal environment for learning, what resources you have, what your goals are, how you learn, how you live. You can create that environment.
Once you have an idea of what you want to achieve and how you want to do it, create a plan to organize yourself.
5.- FIND A SUPPORT GROUP
Try to contact other families, not only to get to know each other but also to exchange information, ideas and resources. For this, social networks are a great tool.
OBSERVE YOUR CHILDREN, investigate what their learning style is, what their personality is, what they are interested in, learn best in the mornings or afternoons, some learn better in group, others independently, some learn in a visual way, others learn when doing, others when hearing; what can you do to help them in their learning.
Spend time, and give yourself time to adjust, do not expect or demand instant results, this goes little by little. Take them out of the house, take them to the library, to museums, to parks and do not rush them, let them be there as much as they want. The “official” school is 12 years old, do not try to do everything in your first year.
LEARN TOGETHER Share your work and interests, have conversations about what you are doing, try to include them in activities in your daily life.