When you begin to home-school you may feel lost. There is so much information out there on what to do, it can become very confusing. Here are five things that you should not do once you begin home-schooling your child:
1. Don’t feel that you need to do what they do in public schools. You are teaching your child at home for a reason and one of the best parts about that is that you don’t have to follow a strict curriculum. Make sure that you look up your state’s regulations for home-schooling and then build your own lesson plans around those regulations. You can teach however you choose, as long as your child is learning.
2. Don’t buy a bunch of different curriculums when you see them advertised. Just because someone says that they have the “best” new program out there doesn’t mean that they do. All children have a different learning style and all parents have a different teaching style. Building your own curriculum is your “best” bet!
3. Don’t run out and buy a ton of books right away. Again, your children are not in public school for a reason. You do not need to follow textbooks that are not going to be pertinent to what you are doing. Figure out a lesson plan that will work best for you and your child and then once you have that nailed down you can go shopping for the books that you will need. This will save a lot of time and money.
4. Do not spend 8 hours at a desk with your child. Home-school is meant to be different in that you can take breaks, you can go outside and learn, you can go on a field trip whenever you want. Your child will be able to focus better if you switch things up a little.
5. You don’t need to spend all day trying to cram every subject in. Some subjects require a lot less time than others, so figure out ways that you can effectively teach all of the subjects spread out through the week. It is less likely that you will burn out this way as well.