By: Krystle Crossman
Home-schooling is a big decision and an even bigger commitment. Before you make the leap make sure that you know what you need to do. Here are some tips from blogger Marcy Crabtree of BenAndMe.com to help you get started:
1. Mission Statement – If you have a mission statement you have a clear focus as to where you want to go with home-schooling. It gives both you and your child direction and a goal to work for. Whenever you feel like quitting or it becomes too stressful pull out the mission statement to reassure yourself that you did this for a reason and reaffirms your beliefs in home-schooling.
2. Goals – If you have a list of clear goals in mind it helps you to focus on the important things. It is also a great motivator because you can check off the goals as you complete them. A list makes it easier to visualize where you need to be heading with your lessons.
3. Other parents – Get connected with other parents in your area that home-school. They may have a few tips and tricks that can make the process easier. You may even be able to teach them a thing or two as well!
4. Passion – If your child is passionate about something specific such as dinosaurs, immerse them in that subject. Doing this will help them to love learning because your lesson plans revolve around what they love. Have them read books about their favorite subject and incorporate that subject into other areas such as math and history.
5. Curriculum – The best part about home-schooling is that you don’t need to focus on a specific curriculum. You can create your own that is tailored to your child.
6. Mess – It is okay to let things get a little messy sometimes when they are creating. This means that they are learning about something they are curious of and allows them to be more free and creative. It can also teach them the responsibility of picking up after themselves.
7. Book Basket – Grab a basket and have your kids fill it with books about the things that they love and then incorporate them into lessons.
8. Worth – Just remember that if things get tough and you feel like you should be sending them back to school because you can’t handle the stress, there is a reason that you are doing this and it is all worth it.
9. Fear – Every mother second guesses herself and thinks that she may not be doing something right. This is completely normal and happens all the time. Just remember that you are doing a great job and don’t let the fear control your life.