Homeschooling involves making some decisions. At first, many of those decisions involve purchasing curriculum or books. Here are some common mistakes people make and the solutions to help you avoid them:1. In a hurry to buy curriculum – When you decide to home school you may be excited to go out and buy everything you see. The most important thing you can do to avoid this mistake is to get to know your child/children. Watch them for a while when they play and interact with others. Do they like to be alone or with others? Do they enjoy reading? Do they enjoy filling in notebooks or workbooks? Do they hate reading? These are all questions that will help you determine how your child learns best. You can also look into having them take a learning style assessment to see how they learn best. While you are observing your child, start exploring the different home school approaches and how they might fit in with your personality and that of your child/children.2. Buy a curriculum because someone else likes it – Have you ever gone to a restaurant that someone else just raved about and you didn’t think it was all that special or you hated their food? Making curriculum choices are certainly more important than choosing a restaurant, but the point is that just because someone else likes a curriculum, it doesn’t mean that it is right for you and your family or that you will like it. Accept the recommendation from that person and then research it fully to make sure it fits in with your personality and the learning styles of your children.3. Buy more than you need – Realize that not every subject needs a curriculum and that you don’t have to purchase every part of a curriculum. Science and History can easily be taught from good books and life experiences. Math can be taught using workbooks, but can be enhanced with money, M&Ms and other hands on resources. If you have taken some time to write down your goals and what you think you need for each child, you can avoid buying too much and getting frustrated. Remember that less is better. You can always buy more later or add to what you have. If you have too much to work with you will get frustrated and might frustrate your children by piling on too much work and causing them to lose their desire to learn.Everyone is going to buy at least ONE thing that they didn’t need. You can’t avoid all purchasing mistakes, but with a plan and some guidance you can purchase more of what you need and less of what you don’t need. Sit back and determine your goals for your children and what you want to accomplish taking into account their learning style, and you will avoid many mistakes when it comes to purchasing home school curriculum.
Many parents heartily agreed engaging a child in home school curriculum is never an easy task. There are some workable tips here for you to solve this situation.1) Read RightSteer clear of stuff that teaches you ‘how to teach your children’! Too many book choices may confuse you! A few quality guides are all you need. The rest should come from your innate love for teaching and enjoyment of the subject!2) Read Up On Different SubjectsRead up on history, geography-ethnic diversity and interesting tidbits about cuisine (that way you can introduce your kids to the vegetation of the area!), literature and bio diversity. Children’s books give you a wonderful perspective on all subjects. Believe me, once you read up on these, your home school curriculum will not be the drag it is now!3) Make It FunEvery child learns differently. Your child may love painting, playing with blocks or clay modeling. He might be interest in dancing or enjoy playing musical instruments. Customize your home school curriculum to what he likes, your battle will be half won.A child learn through many ways including visual, auditory or kinesthetic. If you child prefer learning by using their sense of sight, you can provide him or her visual aids such as flash card, work books or matching games. Auditory learners will benefit from educational rhymes and songs, instruments or books that are read out. Take this in mind, he learns through touching. Kinesthetic learners will love models, nature walks, gardening and puzzles.A child will learn through all these processes. Providing your child proper material become very important. Focus on getting the right materials instead of those material that doesn’t do any good in your child’s learning.4) Set the Right GoalsWe understand that you want your child to come up great. Therefore, setting more concise gals will help you in the long run. Do you want them to excel academically? Are you carrying on established traditions? Or have you just lost it? (You’ll often experience situation like this, so put down your answer!)Gear your activities accordingly.Here are some important points for you to take into consideration:a) Language skillsIf you are insistent on language skills that help them survive in society, your home school curriculum should stress on resumes, applications, conversation etc.b) Social studiesThis approach concentrate on the world systems. Your child can’t learn life if the material he learned can’t connect to real life. For example, you could watch a film Britain film fter you have been through the history. Kids love to relate everything they learn. This will certainly add fun to your home school curriculum.c) Science-RelateThis is mainly about learning science through the things you’ve taught him in daily activities. For instance, if his latest lesson has been about the boiling point, let him participate learn temperature by boiling his own egg.There are times your child need to endure boredom. That is just something you have to teach your kid – life is not just about having fun. They need to endure boredom and practice consistently in order for them to reach greatness. This is a valuable lesson you will be instilling in your kid, as part of your fun home school curriculum!