Homeschooling has become a very popular option lately. Some people make the decision spontaneously and others research and plan before taking the plunge. REGARDLESS of which method dropped you into schooling your children at home there are ALWAYS decisions to make in homeschooling your youngsters.
What decisions you ask? Well there tons of things to consider as you consider the decisions to make in homeschooling.
Questions to ask
I won’t go into exhaustive detail here, I just want to prod you into some of questions you might wish to ask. This list should get you started and possibly generate more for you.
- What style will you use and what curriculum will fit your style?
- How do your children learn and how will that influence your day and teaching methods?
- Are there books you should read to further your knowledge base?
- What around homeschool groups… do you join one or keep visiting homeshool groups on facebook?
- Where will you find your curriculla?
- Will you go for purchased or free options?
- Textbook or living book style?
- Hands-on, get dirty and right into it? Or videos, textbooks, online teaching?
- Will you make a vision or mission statement?
- Self-taught, parent-taught, or teacher taught, or some combination thereof?
- Will you combine grades and subjects?
- Will you partake of any public school offerings? (dependent on your school board of course)
- Faith-based, secular, or a meld?
- Ebooks, physical books, online.
- Will you embrace a methodology of teaching such as Charlotte Mason, Child-led, Eclectic, Classical etc.
- What type of scheduling will you lay out?
- Will you school year round? Take regular breaks? Do modified summer school?
- Many homeschools are mom-led, but sometimes grandparents teach, or even dad. How will it look for you?
- How about co-ops? Is there one close by or do you need to start your own?
- What about where you will do your schooling? Designated room or use of your entire house?
- How will you manage younger and older siblings? Keeping toddlers busy whilst helping older students grasp difficult concepts.