How to start Homeschooling – The Basics
I am an Early Childhood Educationist.
I am homeschooling my daughter from the age of 12 months she is 2 years 9 months now. Here is my POV for parents who want to homeschool their children but are confused about where to start.
1. Your child’s age – Keep in mind what your child’s age is and what kind of milestones they should be completing.
Example – if your child is 4 year old you should start with language development first.
2. Research – Research on what homeschooling is and also try to explore other options like unschooling. Decide what will be best for your family right now considering the time you have, the financial support, your capability to create new materials, etc.
3. Method – If you decide to Homeschool, research on methods to homeschool and decide the one that your family can adopt easily. Remember, when you homeschool you have to follow the principles 24×7 at home of the method you follow otherwise if will be difficult for the child to understand and follow.
Some methods – Montessori, Kindergarten or play way, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf,etc
4. Time – You need to decide what timings are suitable for your kids and is it going to be a formal school set up like 2-6 hours continuously with tiffin breaks or whole day filled with activities.
5. Curriculum – This is the most tricky part. But it is more easier than you think. You have readily made curriculums which you can buy or you can create one that is good for your child and family. (I have attached a sample of my daughters weekly curriculum please do not steal it and portray it as your own.) Make sure you cover social, emotional, moral, cognitive, fine and gross motor, creative, physical, language and logical (math) domains while you make curriculum.
6. Resources – There are tons of free resources available on the net. If you are a DIY parent you can make your own. I will suggest you to stick to worksheets instead of books unless you read the entire workbook before buying it as there are so many books where harmful things are written. (I have read a book where there was an science experiment for kids to pack a kitty in a box to see if its a living thing). I have also attached a sample of a work sheet which I made during my Diploma.
7. Assessment – The most important part, which 99% parents forget when they homeschool their children. By assessment I don’t mean giving your children marks. I mean, recording their progress. Observe what your child is doing, observe them and write things down.
Example – Today your child is doing the activity walking on a straight line, observe if his gross motor skills were stable and if he was able to perform the activity easily, moderately or with difficulty keeping in mind her age, her health and her tantrums. Also assess her on the scale of fun that is whether she enjoyed the activity, didn’t like the activity or did it just for doing it. This is important to understand what your child’s likes dislikes are. Record everything date and time wise.
8. Learn – As a homeschooling parent, you need to keep on continuously learn, keep yourself updated about new things happening around. When I started my journey I knew there was a lot to learn, I was a new single mom and a filming student with no knowledge about education. I started self educated my self by reading books, blogs and course materials before I finally enrolled myself in the diploma. But I came to a realisation that a degree is not important to teach your child if you are willing to learn. I got access to free learning opportunities by reading course materials from IGNOU. You can read B.ed course materials here http://egyankosh.ac.in/handle/123456789/2318 if your child is older than 6 years. And early childhood education here http://egyankosh.ac.in/handle/123456789/32274 if your child is younger than 6 years.
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