Preparing to Homeschool for Success
Congratulations! You've made the exciting decision to explore homeschooling options. No matter if you are new to homeschooling or have years of experience, there are several important considerations to ensure a successful homeschool year.
DECIDING WHAT TO TEACH
Other homeschooling families select a packaged curriculum to lessen preparation time and maximize teaching time, and to assure no gaps in instruction. These families benefit from the integration of subjects as well as the reinforcement of concepts throughout the lessons.
Each approach has its merits. Identifying your child's learning style, especially for new homeschoolers, is helpful. Is he or she an auditory learner, a visual learner, or a kinesthetic learner? Effective home teachers use lessons that vary the learning modalities.
CREATING A CLASSROOM
Establishing an environment for learning early in the homeschooling process supports your educational efforts in several key ways:
Creating a good educational environment is especially important for new homeschoolers, and for students who need additional help in focusing on the lessons at hand. The following helpful suggestions for building the right homeschool classroom were complied from conversations with the experts -- experienced homeschooling families.
SETTING UP THE CLASSROOM
A comfortable chair and desk--or other workspace--is important. If homeschooling several children, study carrels are helpful. They provide private work areas for each child and limit distractions. Study carrels can be created by using large cardboard boxes to create partitions that can be folded and put away when not in use. Your child can personalize his carrel by creating artwork on the cardboard walls with markers, crayons, or stickers.
Having an easel, flip chart, or chalkboard available can enhance instruction. You will also want to have wall space available for displaying your student's work, maps, and posters. Access to a globe, a dictionary, other reference materials, and a computer are helpful additions to the academic setting.
ESTABLISHING THE RULES
KEEPING TO TASK
Everyone can benefit from the creation of the proper "home school" environment. Most children thrive when placed in a proper environment for learning and when the guidelines for their behavior and expectations are clear. Parents benefit by not having to constantly establish order or create a space for schooling. Try including your children in setting up the classroom so that you both feel comfortable in the space.
Successful homeschooling occurs when you select appropriate lessons for your child and create a good environment for learning, and it is maintained by a parent committed to inspiring the best in a child.
Inspire the best in your child with the best in homeschooling.
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The delivery of our course is just the beginning of your Calvert Connection as we are here to assist you in understanding your child's needs, learning styles, and development. To speak with an Education Counselor or Client Services representative about your child, call 1-888-487-4652, visit http://www.calvertschool.org, or email us at [email protected].
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