By Nigel Boys
Latoya Edwards, the mother of two young boys, says she has been teaching her children at home for two years and admits she still has a lot to learn about homeschooling but she has learned many things in the process.
Edwards writes on her blog, that the older of her two boys suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the younger one, although quick to learn to read, has a slight speech impediment.
During her homeschooling experience, the dedicated mother and blogger has picked up a few pointers to remember when teaching kids at home. Here are a few of them:
1. You can’t be everything to your children.
Edwards believes that homeschooling mothers can’t always join in with the fun and games of their children, especially if they are boys. She adds that boys sometimes like to play war games that you just wouldn’t understand if you tried to join in with them, so don’t try to play with them on these occasions, just try to be the best mom you can be.
2. Don’t let your boys watch action packed movies or shows, like ones with fighting fantasy characters, early in the day.
If you do this, before you begin their lessons for the day, you’ll have a difficult time getting their attention.
3. Don’t force your children to sit quietly while they are doing their lessons.
According to Edwards, if you let your children run around a little or make noise, when they want, you’ll find that your teaching will become that much easier than if you try to keep them focused and quiet. Boys have a lot of energy and they should be allowed to run around and be active.
4. Include toys that they love in your children’s lessons.
The homeschooling blogger says that if you let them play with their favorite toys, such as guns and swords, if they are boys, as part of the learning process, they will have much more fun learning and will pay attention to their lessons.
5. Don’t forget to give your children exercise and fresh air.
Edwards believes that an important part of homeschooling your children, is to get them outdoors. She adds that you can include nature walks as part of their learning process and you may want them to let off steam by riding their bikes.
To learn more from Edwards about homeschooling your children, just visit her blog.