When you first start homeschooling there are plenty of things that are not recommend. By taking the time to read the list below you will find some things that you can avoid, and by doing so you will make your first year of homeschooling go a lot smoother. These tips are really just suggestions that some moms have tried, and have helped with managing the first year of homeschooling.
1. Don’t rush right into the curriculum the day after you withdraw your child from school. Some parents are so excited about the fact that they are homeschooling they tend to rush into it. Most children need a little bit of downtime to be unschooled. This is especially the case if they were having difficulty in the school you withdrew them from.
2. Avoid purchasing the first curriculum you find. By purchasing the first curriculum you find, you will be saving yourself plenty of money and headache. It is important to take the time and research curriculum. Try visiting a few homeschooling forums, and talk with other parents on which curriculum they use.
3. You should avoid trying to homeschool without a schedule. It can be a real challenge when you are first getting started to make sure that your child is learning everything they need. The only way to ensure that everything is being covered is to set up a schedule, and be sure to follow it. Without a schedule you will find yourself struggling to get it all done.
4. Don’t try to follow the schools curriculum. Remember that you removed your child from the public school system for a reason. There way of doing things was clearly not working for your child. So instead you can try to take the time to find out what works best for your child. This may mean that you have to take the time to sample some curriculums until you find the one that will work best for you.
5. Avoid isolating your child. The one thing that you want to make sure of is association for your child. Allow them to keep in touch with their friends. If they don’t have any real friends, you can sign them up for different groups, and activities that will provide them with the opportunity to make more friends.
Remember that these are a just a few ideas, and suggestions that may help for parents who are just starting to homeschool. You will see by the suggestions, that a lot of the tips are for parents who have had their children in school in the past, and have had to remove them. If you are a homeschooler and you have additional ideas and suggestions for parents you can put them in the comments section below.