Tips for First Time Homeschoolers:
There will never be a perfect educational system. Different people find it easier to learn through different forms of education. The most accepted kind of education is basically learning through lectures and discussions inside a room. However, other students say that they learn more through hands-on experimentation, outside of the classroom, or even through self-learning.
One slightly unexplored kind of education is through homeschooling. So, if you think you can homeschool your children to learn as much as when they enroll in an international school in the Philippines, then here are some tips to help you achieve your goals.
Tip # 1 Learn About Teaching
You don’t need to learn how to teach like a professional. But you do need to know how to effectively communicate your knowledge onto your child. Being a math guru or a science master won’t be enough. As is with many professionals who teach for a living, depth of knowledge is second only to the ability to impart said information.
Tip # 2 Be Financially Prepared
Most people who consider homeschooling see it as a cheap option as compared to enrolling in an educational institution. These people do not see the many aspects that need constant financial backing. The parent who will do all the teaching will have to stay at home. This means only one of the parents will be able to work and provide for the whole family. Not to mention the costs for all the supplies you’ll need for homeschooling, as well as the resources that you might use, such as books, online resources and other kinds of educational properties.
Tip # 3 Put a Focus on Character Development
The flexibility of homeschooling is one of the reasons people consider it an option for education. Unlike traditional schools that operate in 4 walled classrooms, homeschooling opens the opportunity for a focus on character development and relationship management. It is no secret that character development is a concept that should be prioritized in educational systems.
The smartness of people will always be underwhelmed by the character traits of an individual.
Tip # 4 Tailor it to your Student
As mentioned above, every person learns differently. With that being said, make sure that your teaching methods are aligned with your student’s learning style to ensure that you’ll be using your time efficiently. It will also help your child appreciate your teaching more, especially since you’ll be focusing solely on their improvement instead of trying to shove information into multiple kids in a classroom.
Speaking of tailoring your teaching style, you should make your methods as fun as possible! When someone enjoys what they are doing, they become more enthusiastic and better at absorbing what they see. It will also remove the usual stigma of education as a boring endeavor.
When a child starts to see learning as a fun activity early on, they will find it a happy necessity throughout their lives.
Homeschooling is just one of the many options that you have for the education of your child. If done correctly, your teaching may be even or better in quality than some international schools in the Philippines!
When you do choose to homeschool, follow these tips to make both your and your child’s lives easier!