Getting started in homeschooling is on a lot of parents’ minds. Covid19 change the way children learn by shifting the education from the schoolroom to the living room of homes. With the approach of the coming school year and things still being uncertain, some parents are considering homeschooling. For many families, homeschooling is a way of life and it is not to be compared with virtual classes. There are many factors the parents are struggling with, the risk of their children becoming ill versus isolation at home from other children and of course the wearing of a mask, and what would the classes look like. For those who think they want to homeschool are at a lost as to what it should look like.
If you choose to homeschool you need to consider your reason, what curriculum will you use, where will you teach your children, where will you store supplies, and what will your days look like. I chose to homeschool both of my sons after my oldest son was struggling with being bullied. He is ADHD and it was frustrating that the focus of his school was the sports program. My son was not sports-oriented, he was science-oriented. He loved astronomy, botany, and biology. The decision I made was personal and would impact my household financially. After a lot of prayer, research, talking to other homeschool moms; I jumped in full throttle. There was no looking back and it was the best decision I made.
Choosing curriculum – there are so many options that are tailored to your child’s needs and your values. Once you’ve decided on the curriculum you will also need to choose a teacher planner. This will help you keep track of lessons and testings. An important thing to do is a Google search in your area for a homeschool support group. It is there that you will be able to talk to other veteran homeschool families to continue guiding you. The good news is you don’t have to teach every subject. I hire tutors for areas that I was not comfortable with. Many of these can be done virtually.
Choosing the space – this is also a big topic because it’s how your child learns. Considerations being are they a morning or evening person. What is their learning style: visual, auditory, or tactile. As tempting as it may seem kitchen tables are not always the best place. If you use the kitchen table you’ll have to change the seating kitchen tables represent eating. I had come to see with my children that my oldest child was very much distracted by the window and he did much better on the sofa in the living room the other son did much better by the window it caused him to be creative and productive. With a little planning, you will be able to find your perfect spot to teach and then for them to continue doing their seat work
Storing school supplies – This is where you will make adjustments in either cabinets or closets or by purchasing a piece of furniture to store school supplies. A couple of examples are: designating a lower kitchen cabinet with plastic containers for each child and supplies, a piece of furniture such as a buffet server or armoire are also options. If you have a home office then it’s great to be able to utilize the closet as well.
Setting up a schedule will be the key to your sanity and success in teaching your children and a part of getting started in homeschooling. Download a sample schedule that I used and have taught other home school families.
Lisa Giesler, Professional Organizer, Life Coach, Speaker, Author