How to start Homeschooling – The Basics

Hello Parents!
I am an Early Childhood Educationist.

HOW TO START HOMESCHOOLING?
I am homeschooling my daughter from the age of 12 months she is 3years 8months 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. Schools or curriculum planners follow Developmentally Appropriate Practice (more on this in my next homeschooling post)

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, and most importantly your child’s interest.

3. Method – If you decide to Homeschool, research on methods to homeschool and decide the one that your family can adapt 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, Charlotte Mason, 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 the whole day filled with activities. I don’t follow a strict timing but we do have our simple homeschool routine.

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.  Make sure you cover social, emotional, moral, cognitive, fine and gross motor, creative, physical, language and logical (math) domains while you make the curriculum.

6. Resources – There are tons of free resources available on the net. If you are a DIY parent you can make your own.
7. Assessment – The most important part, which 99% of parents forget when they homeschool their children. By assessment, I don’t mean giving your children marks or grades. 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 mood. 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. Write down at least a short para every single homeschool day. This will help you in planning your lessons and understand your child’s needs.

8. Learn – As a homeschooling parent, you need to keep on continuously learning, 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 filmmaking student with no knowledge of early education. I started self-educating my self by reading books, blogs, and course materials before I finally enrolled myself in the diploma in Early Childhood Care, Education, and Development. But I came to a realization 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.

My only goal while homeschooling Ira is that I provide her with Free play opportunities. But these opportunities are not aimless, I make sure that every opportunity she gets helps her learn something.

You can drop a comment below if you have any queries or want me to pen down any new topic regarding homeschooling.

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