Last weekend, Jamma Jango hosted a booth at the 2018 Texas Homeschool Convention in Fort Worth. I learned a great deal from the homeschooling community. I was especially impressed by the many parents who dedicate their time to homeschooling their children--to give them a well-rounded education, tailored specifically to their needs and interests.
I didn't know there were so many types of homeschooling methods. I also learned that some parents homeschool full time, while others supplement their children’s homeschool curriculum with tutoring or classes outside the home.
Although I don’t homeschool my children full time, I do teach my daughters Chinese and Spanish at home because they don’t learn those languages at school. I was fortunate to learn a couple of helpful tips from other parents about homeschooling which I’d like to share with you below.
5 Simple Tips for Homeschool Beginners
Try to encourage your children’s love of learning by:
- teaching topics that interest them
- incorporating games, songs, and fun activities
- allowing your children to learn at their own pace
- encouraging questions and dialogue
Don’t feel pressured to teach every subject or to duplicate what the public schools are doing. Even public schools can’t cover all subjects out there. And you don’t need to teach multiple subjects in one day.
Try not to over plan your children’s day that it becomes too overwhelming. Some days can be fuller than others. While other days can be filled with playtime. It’s up to you what works best for you and your kids!
Take your children on trips and walks outside to apply what you’re teaching at home to their external environment. You can even bring flashcards and books outside with you.
- Engage with other homeschooling families and communities to learn what works for them and what doesn’t.
Do you homeschool your children? What are some words of wisdom you would share with other parents interested in schooling their children at home? Feel free to add a comment or share a tip of your own!
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