By: Krystle Crossman
Home-schooling your child is a big deal for not only your child, but for you as well. You need to be able to make the time and have the confidence to teach your child. Many people want to home-school their children but don’t want to have the responsibility of it simply because they are afraid that they will fail their child. If this sounds like you here are a few things that you should remember if you truly want to do this:
1. Even if your children are going to public school their education is still your responsibility. You are responsible for making sure that they are studying, that they are doing their homework, and that they are trying their best to achieve success in school.
2. There are certain things that you may believe about their education that may or may not be true, but some of the myths that you have heard are holding you back from teaching your child. Some of the things that you may believe about the educational system that may not be true are:
a. You are not qualified to teach your child
b. School needs to be boring in order for them to learn
c. You need to be an expert in a subject or subjects in order to teach
d. The current curriculum is just the way education is
e. I haven’t learned anything until “they” say I have
Throw all of these thoughts out of your mind because they are not true. You do not need a special degree in order to home-school and you do not have to be an expert.
3. Your success with home-schooling is all in the relationship that you have with your child. Your biggest responsibility to them is to love them. When you have a close relationship with your child right from the start they will respect you more as a teacher. They will listen to you and take what you have to say to heart. School will be that much better for them because they are learning from someone that they trust and they know that they are going to get the best education they can get.
4. Understand that there are going to be gaps in the education. Other kids may be learning about a certain war or a certain math theory while your child is learning more about science. That is okay. As long as you are giving them a solid educational foundation, that is all that matters. Was your school perfect? Probably not. Don’t worry about what others are learning. Worry about your child, how they are feeling, and what subject they are really interested in and what values are being instilled in them.