As I alluded to previously, homeschooling my boys taught me a thing or two about myself. Where once I had little confidence that I was actually a capable mom, I found that I really could be successful at homeschooling my kids.
And, it turns out that it wasn’t completely my task to “make them learn.” Children have an ability of their own to learn. Somewhere between my teaching and exposing them to learning opportunities along with their ability to take in information, it has worked out well–especially if you use some simple and fun tips for teaching young children at home.
Becoming a homeschooling mom has really helped me see that learning is a way of life–at least a way of life I want for my boys. Had I left their education totally up to the priorities and control of the public school system, I think I would have been numb to the fact that I had any real control over the direction of my boys’ education.
If you are considering homeschooling your child instead going the “traditional” school route, you should know that there are many different methods you can choose. State laws vary from one another and there are a lot of options regarding a curriculum. You can even write your own and put together unit studies to meet your specific needs.
I homeschool very frugally and my method is eclectic. Personally, I enjoy picking and choosing what I want to teach and how I want to accomplish teaching it. I have also happily found many free printable resources and ways to buy brand new curricula for very little out-of-pocket money.
One thing to remember is that every child is different and may vary greatly in how they learn as individuals. I don’t care much for text book learning myself and homeschooling can involve a textbook or not. Learning can happen during cooking to cover science and math topics, as well as during playtime for areas like building relationships and learning to share. It can also include books and fun educational videos from the library, “field trips” to areas of interest or even helping Grandpa plant his garden. I’m a visual learner and teacher, so I use a variety of methods to teach my boys. I’m thankful for the freedom to be creative in how I get it done.
Whether you homeschool or not, learning doesn’t have to be an August through June practice. It can be any time and all year round. You can help your child learn just by exposing them to opportunities to grow in knowledge. Get them involved in some hands-on activities like crafts or helping you bake, take “field trips” to the zoo and local museums, visit the library, check out your local parks and look online to see what’s going on in your community–and in the process remember one thing: learning is a way of life.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://www.primeparentsclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/primeparentpic.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]About the Author
“Homeschooling-mom” and “mom-blogger” are two roles Tracy Zdelar didn’t plan on owning. However, as they often do, things changed. She is the Prime Parents’ Club Homeschooling Contributor and also writes at her blog Hall of Fame Moms. You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter.[/author_info]
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