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Home-school Mom Answers The Questions of How To Decide What To Teach

By: Krystle Crossman

When you bring your kids into home-school it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what you want them to learn. Simple Homeschool contributor Renee Tougas has some great solutions to figuring out your home-school curriculum.

1. Sit down with your entire family and think about what your mission with home-schooling is. Think about your family values and morals and also think about what your children like to learn about the most. You can build a curriculum around your family’s mission which is one of the best parts about home-schooling. There is a great flexibility in being able to build your own school program. Think about the big picture and your family’s long-term goals instead of the minute details at this point.

2. Next comes the research. There are different government regulations and restrictions that need to be adhered to in order for the home-schooling to be accredited. There are different local and state laws so make sure you understand what needs to be taught and what paperwork needs to be turned in so that your children get the credit for doing the work. If you come to a block where you aren’t able to teach your children what you want to you can either take a creative approach, teach them outside of the home-school program, or contact legal assistance if necessary.

3. Take what you are interested and teach these things to your children. If you love to ride horses, take them on a horseback riding adventure and teach them about things such as English and bareback riding. If you are interested in astronomy get a telescope and bring them out to look at the night sky. If they know that you are interested and passionate about the subject they are going to be more willing to learn it as well.

4. Get to know your children. Learn about their different learning styles and what they like to learn. If they are not interested in something they may have a hard time and may give you a hard time as well. Of course there are going to be times when they need to learn subjects that are of no interest to them but that is where creativity comes in. Tailor the lessons around their learning style and interests and you will be amazed at how much they learn.

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