Homeschooling is a great approach to education when one or both parents want to be intimately involved in their child’s learning. There are several methods of home learning, each with similar and different costs depending on the direction that is selected. A good first step is to compare the available options and decide which is the right plan for the family, so the child receives the education they need to become successful in the future and parents are satisfied with the investment.
One reason to enroll in a Christian homeschool program is to ensure that faith is not just something that is learned on the weekends or in Church. Instead, it is part of a child’s education which takes place from about age 5-18 and gives them a defined understanding of what they believe and how to defend it. Faith, for many, is more than just a Sunday School lesson because it shapes their worldview and how they view everything from creation to historical events. By participating in a homeschool program that brings both pieces together, students learn firsthand the effect faith has on their studies while excelling in their academic work.
The average third grader is about 8 years old and has 2-3 years of schooling which is plenty of time to form an opinion about whether they like school or would rather be doing anything else. Along with that, this grade is a transition from black/white topics on the page to encouraging the student to think for themselves, evaluate and see beyond what is written. This can be very challenging for some students, so it is important that homeschool teachers (either online or the at-home parent) take time to understand where the child is at and how best to help them. Curriculum can be ordered in either the print textbooks or the online portal classes depending on which approach is preferred by the student to make learning during this year easier.
Flexibility is the hallmark characteristic of homeschooling, not just in how work gets done during the day or where it gets accomplished but even in creating formal flex schedules in class assignment at the high school level.
Parents determine the best education for their child but as the student enters high school, this should become a discussion to ensure that the teen is able to work towards their goals and graduate in the best position to move forward.
The first thing is to know and accept each child’s personality and approach to learning for what it is because fighting it will only bring frustration for both you and the student. Every child has a unique way of learning information, processing the material and being able to complete assignments with effective study habits. Whether you have one student or several, success is built on knowing their learning style and how best to get them to focus and learn what it is they need to know.
Organization balanced with flexibility is the hallmark of every great homeschooling experience. This means having a scheduled start/end time is important, but it may be different depending on what works best for your children. Having them all on the same schedule is easiest and a good way of starting when they are younger but as they transition into middle and high school, be aware that it may be more beneficial to let them adjust the times so they can do better with the work.
Some families want to homeschool their children but cannot afford to have one parent stay at home and teach full-time, so they skip the option and either have to keep their kids in public school or spend a large portion of their budget for a private education. However, the top online homeschooling platforms provide an easy solution with professional teachers that work directly with each student, assignments and exams are on the computer and a daily lesson planner helps to keep the child on track. Parents still can retain an important and effective supporting role and monitor their progress with their parent portal.
Parents who choose to homeschool their elementary children are committing themselves to being intimately involved with their child’s education on a daily basis. Every subject can be taught by the parent if that is the option they select, along with the traditional responsibilities that come with this role, so it is important to find a balance so that everyone has a good experience and develops strong relationships.
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