Is Homeschooling Right for your Family?
Making the choice to homeschool your children is an important decision that should take a lot of thought and consideration. Although many families homeschool their children successfully, this is not the right decision for everyone. Is homeschooling the right choice for your family? Ask yourself these questions to find out:
Do I have the time?
Successfully homeschooling your children will take up a lot of your time. You will need to be able to set aside large chunks of time dedicated to teaching your children. If you have multiple children, you can definitely teach some skills as a group, but other skills will need more one-on-one time.
Do I know what to teach?
You’ll also want to be familiar with the skills your child needs to learn each year. If you don’t have a background in education, you can easily access your state’s Department of Education website and see what learning standards public schools are using for each grade. You can then decide if you feel comfortable teaching these topics and skills.
Does my spouse support this decision?
Presenting a united front to your children is key to homeschool success. If you want to homeschool your children, make sure you discuss your plan with your spouse first. Everyone in the family is affected by this change, even if your spouse isn’t going to teach your children.
Do my children want this?
Although your children should not be the deciding factor in homeschooling, it definitely helps if they want to be homeschooled as well. If you have a child who does not want to homeschool, it will be more difficult for you to successfully teach them. It is still possible, but will require even more hard work and dedication.
If you have answered yes to all of these questions and think you’re ready to start homeschooling, the final step is to join a local homeschooling group. You can also look on social media for additional homeschool groups for your state. By getting support from existing homeschooling families, you’ll have a safe place to go to ask questions and get advice.
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