Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Seven Ways to Home School Your Child

Here are 7 ways in which you can homeschool your kid.

1. Use a structured course content

Some parents find that a packaged curriculum saves time as it is pre-planned. You could buy it at a curriculum sale or online. The lessons can take from an hour to six daily. Some curriculums have accompanying computer programs to aid you with grading and lesson planning.

2. Create your own course content

Check the state laws. You have a certain degree of flexibility in teaching but some states will require you to include science, math, language arts, and civic studies or history in curriculum and devote time to each of them daily. Creating curriculum by yourself will require you to find online material and get in touch with other parents who home school their kids. The personalized curriculum is cost effective and makes use best use of child's capabilities as it can be tailored according to his strengths and weaknesses.

3. Use a computer program or a DVD

DVD curriculum can homeschool your kid for you. The tutorials are available for every course.

4. Get the help of a public school online

An online public school has its own curriculum and materials. The child will learn from an online coach.

5. Homeschool your kid with an online private school

Some home schooling companies offer access to both public school and private school learning on their websites. The kids learn along with many other students around the world who are enrolled in the classroom from their homes. The teacher guides the kid online or through phone.

6. Use the unschooling technique

This approach takes into account child's interest in a particular topic. The curriculum is led by the child. The term was coined by John Holt in the 1970's. For instance, your child is interested Egyptian history. You could teach him from books, show educational movies or take him to a natural history museum and continue with the topic until the child is ready to move to another one.

7. Get the help of an educational advocate

An educational advocate works with you and your kid to formulate a curriculum for the child. Your child's progress is monitored by educational consultants. Some even plan field trips as part of home schooling to enhance learning.

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