Homeschool education is the approach used by most parents today. As the personal instructor or teacher, parents get to pick the topics to be discussed and the manner of teaching that is suitable for learning. The parent and the child can customize the classroom work station and the schedule of classes based on their preference. By doing so, the parent and child have ample time to build a better relationship.
If truth be told, children have little attention span. That's why homeschooling them should be interactive, fun and creative. Keeping them busy will reward you of their attention and focus as well as good performance.
Moreover, to avoid any untoward incidents, it is imperative that as parents, you review the policies and laws in your state about homeschooling. Make sure that the regulations and policies fit with your curriculum, topics of discussion and classroom setting among others. Contacting your local education board will certainly ease your mind about compliance to the laws governing homeschooling.
If you're sure that you fit the requirements provided by your state, you can now begin with the fun part - conceptualizing topics. It will certainly help you if you know where your child stands. Be sure that you assess your child's learning abilities, preference and interests. Make a short note and list your child's requirements for his or her age and jot down your child's preferences as well. So it helps if the child is involved with the decision making process. This way, the child will understand the importance of his/her classes because the child helped to conceptualize it. For example, if your child is very fond of animals, you can include a discussion about different animal groups using his/her toys then make a trip to the zoo. Other members of the family can help in the learning process too. Invite them to be "guest teacher" and surely it will be a great learning experience for the family.
With homeschool education, a formally constructed classroom that will cost you a fortune is not ideal. What is required is for you to find a location in the house that is ideal for studying. For example, you can hold a night classes in the attic or roof top when your subject is about science and different heavenly bodies at night. Holding math class by counting pebbles by the river sounds great too.
After conceptualizing the subject matter, it will be best supplemented with curriculum programs. There are a wide array of programs and curriculum in the internet. This way, you can be sure that you are following the process and that you will not skip topics of discussion. You wouldn't want to do all these by impulse and very randomly. Before downloading, you can review first the documents to check if the curriculum if legitimate and updated.
As exciting as it may sound, home schooling will still require so much time, hard work and money. You can assess your financial sources to make sure you can provide for the materials you needed to make your home school education experience worthwhile and a success. Though there are families that spent $300 - $1,000 yearly, prioritizing what you need to what you want, looking for sales and discounts will save you a fortune.