Every parent’s experience before homeschooling can range from reasonably bad to extremely dreadful. Their children might have experienced bullying and extremely embarrassing situations before. Why do parents have to wait for the worst situations to occur before taking the necessary actions?
Parents doubt whether or not they are qualified and “skilled” enough to homeschool their children. Still, the real fear lies in their child’s daily encounters with defective educational systems, peer pressure, harsh societal expectations, and unqualified educators. These factors can be detrimental to your child’s psychological wellbeing. They should not be considered a “normal” part of the learning process.
By now, the thought of homeschooling your child might already have comforted you a bit, but before fully committing to this matter, here are three things you must know:
1. It might take more than a year to discover the rhythm of your homeschooling routine.
People often say, “we will homeschool until New Year, and then we will decide if we have to continue.” As soon as you can adjust to significant transitions in your life, it is often difficult to immediately detach from it and start another routine again. This is because, just like any full-time job, homeschooling will generally be a part of your routine. Once you’ve mastered its rhythm, you will indeed enjoy it.
2. If you are only duplicating an exhausting, complicated system, then homeschooling will not work for you.
There’s no point in pulling your child out of their traditional school when you’re just planning to recreate the same struggling environment.
In the first place, you shifted from traditional educational systems to homeschooling. You may believe that homeschooling is better for your child’s education and health. However, as a parent, if you only replicate the same learning environment, homeschooling wouldn’t work. Change the learning environment, go on field trips and meet up with other homeschoolers.
3. To unlock their passion for learning, you have to find their most real passions first.
You cannot homeschool your child by being that strict tutor who always forces them to memorize the same textbook page in four hours. If that’s the case, then you will witness how your child’s learning appetite declines.
If you’re aiming to see the best results of homeschooling, allow your child to discover his or her most genuine passions. Then, associate all of them with your curriculum plan. Your daily lesson plan should exercise not only memorization skills but also encourage creativity.