November 9, 2010 by USA Post
Edhelper, More than 1 and half million U.S. children are home schooled each year and that number is growing. There are several reasons: dissatisfaction with public school education, religious reasons, the ability to customize teaching to learning style and specific needs of your child the opportunity to spend quality time with your child. Whatever the reason, it is important to know that every parent has the right to home school their children and it is not difficult to start than you might think.
Many parents have turned to home schooling because of dissatisfaction with the education their child received at their local public schools. Although many private schools offer a more nurturing environment, with today’s economy, unfortunately, the private school is not an option for many of us. Tuition fees have skyrocketed in recent years and so many parents are turning to home schooling as a means to ensure their children receive the best education possible.
Getting started may seem a little intimidating. But once you take the plunge and spend the first year, I am convinced that you and your child will find home schooling to be the most rewarding thing you’ve ever done. You’ll learn about your child in a way you never imagined. This does not mean that it will be all fun and games. There is much work for you as a teacher. I sometimes spent more time preparing a lesson that I teach in the past. But the results were amazing. My child has learned a lot and I am able to focus on its strengths, weaknesses and interests allow me to make our home schooling experience rewarding and memorable.
The first step for you as a parent interested in home schooling is to call or meet with the director of the school of your town or village. They will send you specific legal requirements for home schooling in your community. Do not get overwhelmed by the law, they could send you. This may seem complicated, but it usually just requires that you teach 180 days a year and spend about six hours by the lessons of instruction per day. Now, most people who host school tell you that it rarely takes 6 hours to get through the lessons one day. Remember, you are a teacher on an individual basis, without distractions. Therefore, I found that I can do much more in much less time than they do in a traditional school. They will probably ask you to submit timesheets at the end of the year so they have a folder that your child has been taught. Apart from that, they really cannot tell you what you have to teach. So where do you go from here?
Choosing what to teach may be the biggest obstacle that keeps many potential parents of the school at home. Unless you’re interested in “uncoiling” your child, I suggest more or less following the standard curriculum is taught to other children in the class your child is currently as a taxpayer, you are entitled to use text books that the public school children are using. So I always ask at the beginning of the year. This gives me an idea of what other kids will learn and gives me a starting point. Between these books and other online resources such as edHelper, I am able to develop a program specific to the needs and interests of my child. Some curricula buy house parents at the school. They can be a bit expensive but if you’re really nervous about what to teach, it may be the answer. They usually come with books, workbooks, teacher guides, and even tests and quiz all ready to go. There are many home school programs available for purchase and can be accessed online. Another option is an online school. I have no experience with them, but I know they are growing in popularity. With access to the Internet, your child attends school every day online. Assignments and tests are given in line with the help of the teachers live.
Whichever route you take, remember you should not be a stressful situation. Laugh and have fun with your child. Color, draw, paint, make volcanoes and watch them explode! Do jumping jacks while learning the multiplication tables. But do not forget to cover the basics so that your child is ready to go in the world and become a productive member of society. And finally, ask your child what they want to learn. This is their education. Make an experience that none of you will never forget.
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