Settling on a homeschooling program will require that you make sacrifices for your child in order for the whole process to be a big success. You have to ensure that your child is okay with the whole homeschooling idea and then see to it that you take keen interest on how they fare on in the program with key decisions having to be made by you. It quite a taxing process but with sufficient endurance and patience you are good to go. As all the decisions that you will make will have an impact on your child’s initial and proceeding performance, you need to ensure that they are the right ones as a parent.
We have a few principles that will help you while at this and they are outlined below;
- You should allow or rather facilitate your child in handling many areas as opposed to dwelling on one subject for too long to ensure that they are all rounded while on an online homeschooling program.
- Less of your energy should be spent on the weak areas of your child but you should instead put most of your efforts in guiding them and appreciating what they have been able to accomplish. Their strong academic areas should be used as pillars to motivate them to pull up their socks in other less performed areas.
- It is worth noting that your child’s goals in online homeschooling are somehow different from those of a public school child. With a curriculum such as the Christian homeschooling curriculum, the content will be covered adequately but using a different tact and method which isn’t the same to that used in public schools.
- As mentioned in the latter point, homeschooling is a bit different and unique and so are the means employed to evaluate the homeschoolers. Use of conventional tests is discouraged and instead set goals are used to monitor the performance of an online homeschooler.
- The learning of the various subjects with online homeschooling is facilitated through an integrated approach. Learning of the subject in separation is avoided by teaching most of the subjects at one go. This will help the homeschooler interlink the various subjects and hence boost the understanding and achieve more after the whole learning process.
- Most of the content in online homeschooling is tackled from a practical point of view. It is more of a hands-on affair with the use of books at a minimum.
- Acquisition of the skills and expertise in a given area or subject is what homeschooling is all about. Mere acquisition of knowledge is not enough with homeschooling. A manifestation of this through a display of the acquired skills is a huge benefit.
- Other activities in the learning environment, which is your home, should be incorporated into the learning process. Indoor and outdoor activities should be used to reinforce the knowledge acquired.
- It I will not be prudent to force your child to give it another shot in a grade they fared on dismally. It would be wise to bring in the areas of weakness at a later stage but your child repeating a grade is highly discouraged.
- A good deed deserves a good turn, and rewards should not be left out in the learning process. They act as a motivation to do even better and this is very healthy for your child after achievement of the specific goals sent. Make sure that they are reasonable and achievable goals.
To make sure that the above principles are achieved effectively, as parent you have to ensure that the following items are in place;
- Study books, the needed stationery, and other reference materials should be readily available
- Field trips outside the home environment are a must.
- Have sessions with your child where you can both reflect on their performance in the online homeschooling programs
- The study room or place used for study should be well-furnished to guarantee the comfort of your child.
- Keep a good record of your child’s performance and access the achievement of set goals.
Online homeschooling can be challenging but I hope with this guidance the task will be a bit lighter for you. Good schooling!
Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.