Making Your Child A Part Of The Homeschooling Process
There are a myriad of different reasons why people choose to
homeschool their children: there is the economic benefit of
avoiding high private school fees; there is the convenience of
scheduling schooling around other family activities etc. . . One
of the most important benefits of homeschooling is the
flexibility with which you can tailor your child's education. It
is a well known fact that every individual has individual needs,
and homeschooling allows you to create a learning environment
that suits your child particularly.
When you undergo homeschooling, it is important that you have a
clear curriculum and mind and a plan to execute it. But within
that plan, you should understand that you have a tremendous
amount of flexibility: there are many different ways that a
child can learn something, and many different things to learn in
a given subject.
One of the best ways that you can ensure a high level of
learning retention is to encourage your child to take a personal
interest in his or her education. Although this may seem
obvious, many people growing up who went though a traditional
school system will probably agree that their education was
received in an authoritative way: schooling and your education
was something that was done to you, not with you.
When homeschooling, however, you can take advantage of the
almost unlimited flexibility at your disposal and let your child
take a more active role. While you can't, obviously, let your
child do whatever he or she wants education-wise, you should
always explain to him or her a given education plan, and see
what he thinks.
For example, when you start your school day, outline the plan
for the day with your child. Depending on his or her age you can
also explain the reasoning behind the plan. If there are any
things the child seems averse to doing, try and take them
seriously. You should not, of course, avoid certain subjects or
activities simply because your child doesn't like them. You
should, however, ask your child why he or she doesn't like
something in the day's plan, and to suggest alternatives. In
many cases you will be pleasantly surprised by what your child
comes up with, and be able to incorporate it into the day's work.
As much as possible, you should have a list of alternatives in
mind for assigned activities. The idea is to try and think of
alternative activities that accomplish the same task. If your
child protests against a certain exercise, then, you can offer
them an alternative. This can be extremely effective in getting
your children to learn material that they dislike.
Oftentimes the child simply has to feel that he or she is more
in control of the situation to enjoy it. Even though you are
ultimately controlling your child's education, by granting them
small allowances and choices, while still sticking with the
larger picture, everybody wins: your child feels he is doing
what he wants to do, and you are still teaching your child what
you want him to learn.