How To Be A Good Homeschool Teacher

Studies show that the training or degree of parents is not an essential factor in the success of homeschooled children. More critical than a degree or a college diploma is your concern, commitment, and eagerness to give your child the best kind of education that he/she deserves.

The fact that almost all homeschool parents are not professional teachers, they should select a curriculum that best suits the child’s learning style, capacity, and needs and finds ways to support that plan.

The qualities of an efficient and effective teacher vary; however, they should possess good character, display enthusiasm in teaching and have the dedication to work with their students.

Here are some guidelines to help you become the best teacher for your child:

1. Choose the curriculum for your child well. Make sure that you recognize the goals defined by a particular curriculum.

Examine it to determine if the goals match those defined by your State as a standard for each level, as well as if it matches your child’s learning style and capabilities.

2. Be prepared.

Study the curriculum well so that you are well educated when you teach your child.

3. Determine your child’s learning style.

It is only through proper determination of your child’s learning style that you can effectively teach him/her.

Note that there are children who learn well visually, so in this case, reading and videos can be a better teaching tool. Some are listeners, in such cases, music, reading to them out loud and humming, for instance, their mathematics tables can be a better method of teaching.

4. Be creative.

Homeschool instruction doesn’t have to be a one way kind of teaching. Encourage your child to ask questions so you both can discuss the subject matter in a way that the child does not only listen and get information from you but that your child is actively explaining and expressing his/her own opinion or views.

5. Be understanding.

When you feel that your child is having difficulties on a particular subject, then give him/her time and provide careful guidance, by asking her what she finds difficult so you both can work up a plan as well as enough time to solve the problem. Understand that children are not robots who readily absorb information. Allow them to have their ‘shortcomings.’

6. Recognize that above all; you are a parent.

Parents do what’s best for their children. Following your instinct as a mom will make you the best teacher for your child. And it comes naturally!

What To Teach Your Children

The first dilemma that may enter a parent’s mind when he or she decides to homeschool his child is what to teach. Fortunately, some states require certain subjects to be taught to students. Colorado, for example, needs children to be taught in communication skills of reading, writing, and speaking, mathematics, history, science, literature, the Constitution of the United States and civics.

Different states require different subjects and different numbers of teaching hours for homeschooling; however, this should not limit the potential of homeschooling. Homeschooling is the most lenient of the schooling systems, and as long as the minimum requirements are attained, a parent shouldn’t have any problem.

One of the good points of homeschooling is the freedom to teach almost anything to your child. Parents should focus, aside from the general subjects, on things that their children are most interested in, on skills that they enjoy using, as these will be very useful to the child when he goes to face the real world.

Consequently, homeschooling need not be confined in the four walls of the house, as schooling in itself isn’t confined to the four walls of the classroom. Some parents of homeschooling children organize get-togethers and field trips with neighbors. Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an anti-social experience; rather, it should be a way to promote socialization using the parameters of the real world. There are no school rules, but the ethics of the real world apply.

There are many types of homeschooling approaches. Those most popular are structured, interest-initiated, and eclectic. Structured is more like the formal education you get at school and is probably the most formal of all approaches. The interest initiated approach, on the contrary, focuses on real-life experiences, and the children learn it based on their interests. The eclectic approach makes use of a random, or chosen combination of all other criteria, depending on the family’s needs.

Indeed sometimes homeschooled children excel in socialization and communication more than formally schooled children. However, not all homeschooling is good schooling, and not all homeschooling programs apply to your child. This is why you, with or without professional programs, should monitor what to teach and when to teach it.

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Sounds like this is all great advice for homeschooling. Although I'm not in the demographic, I'll pin this so hopefully someone else will find it useful. Thanks!

My husband and I have talked about the possibility of homeschooling our children in the future. We would love to travel and expose them to other places and cultures and really submerge ourselves, but that's hard to do on a school schedule. There's so much to learn by "doing" rather than sitting in a classroom. That being said, my oldest is in kindergarten and has an amazing teacher and a wonderful school, so it would be hard to pull him away from that.

Great information for the homeschool moms out there….I truly give it up to you…such work and dedication. I don't think I could ever do it but I totally give it to those dedicated mommas out there.

Some great advice! We don't really have much homeschooling in the UK. This is really interesting, though, because I've always wondered what home schooling entailed.

As a homeschooled child who fell through the cracks I have a lot of feelings about homeschooling. As long as there's strict rules in place and check ups, I think homeschooling is the best way to educate anyone, purely for the fact that the teaching can be adjusted to suit how the child learns!

This is so informative. Even though we dont plan to homeschool its interesting to read about

I could NEVER pull this off, I don't think; kudos to anyone who does. My kids are in a great district that is working hard to meet their needs, but at some point if they leave the regular public school system, we will probably have them participate in one our state's many excellent cyber-charters, rather than home school them per se.

As a private preschool teacher, these are great tips for being a homeschool teacher. Being creative is very important as you can create an interesting lesson.

I have such respect for those who homeschool. I’m not sure it’s the right choice for me and my family, but I still have a few more years to decide.

I love those ideas you shared. Actually, I do not know how to guide my son and when I finally read this, it really help me and thanks so much for that!

Great tips for people wanting to home school their kids. Don't think it's for me as I think i don't have a lot of patient . Kudos to the parents that can pull this off

Great tips for people wanting to home school their kids. Don't think it's for me as I think i don't have a lot of patient . Kudos to the parents that can pull this off.

Homeschooling can definitely be challenging. It is definitely not for everyone and there is a ton of planning involved!

I have always considered homeschooling my little ones. I never knew that certain stares require certain curriculum. I assumed it was a crossed the board. These are great tips to check out.

Precise and very informative post, I've learned so much from this post. Thank you so much,

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