Common Homeschooling Mistakes to Avoid
More and more families are choosing to homeschool their children, and I think these parents are making a great decision. Homeschooling has enormous benefits, but I understand that putting the child’s education on your hands can be daunting. Here are a few things we learned to avoid to keep our little homeschool running smoothly.
There must be a balance between fun and learning to get your children excited about getting up in the morning and making new discoveries. Have them go on field trips, or go outside for play time just like children who go to regular school.
Find out your children’s learning curves and give them time to absorb everything. Stick to the lesson plan, but feel free to get creative and go a little out of the box. Homeschooling environment is less restricting than a regular school, so use that to your advantage.
Take more time with subjects your child finds more difficult, and breeze through lessons they find easy. As long as you know that they are learning, there is no reason to bog yourself down too much with curriculum.
Doing everything alone
“No man is an island,” and there is no reason why you have to be. You’re going to need help, so don’t hesitate to ask for it. If one parent stays at home and the other goes to work full-time, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the parent at home is solely in charge of the child’s education. Prepare lesson plans and set goals together. It is important to share ideas and find out which one of you is well-versed in a subject.
Look for support groups for parents who homeschool their children. These parents have plenty of tips and ideas to help you keep your homeschool an enriching, creative and fun experience.
Aiming for perfection
Nobody’s perfect, not even homeschooling parents. Being a perfect homeschool teacher, parent, wife or husband all at the same time is an impossible dream, so don’t be hard on yourself. You may be extremely organized and have made back-up plans, but sometimes things just go wrong or get delayed. Just look at the bright side; there surely is one. Breathe, pray and take comfort in the fact that God is always with you.
Setting unrealistic expectations
You may want your child to be the next Doogie Howser without realizing that this may do more harm than good. Setting lofty, unrealistic expectations can be stressful for you and, most importantly, for your child. Observe his skills and abilities, and set your expectations based on what he can or cannot do.
Yes, homeschooling is the road less traveled in educating a child. It is full of twists and turns, but if one avoids the above road bumps, you’ll surely find the road a joy to tread.
Emmy is a freelance writer for an online retailer of rosaries, Bibles, first Communion favors, and many more. Her twin daughters were homeschooled for a year and it was one of the most rewarding things she’s ever experienced.