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Preparing for Homeschooling

June 12th, 2009

Getting a child prepared for homeschooling requires the parent to consider a multitude of options. Any parent who considers homeschooling must ask themselves some pertinent questions. For instance, has the child been informed that he or she will be homeschooled? Have educational criteria such as academic level, subjects required, and the attitude or willingness of the child been considered? Have the academic abilities of the parents been addressed? Has the child been assessed for possible learning issues that could not be properly addressed in a home environment?

The first and most important issue involves the attitude and willingness of the child to be a participant in the process. The parent should sit down and carefully discuss the homeschooling decision with the child in a democratic manner. The child should never be forced to undertake the process as an unwilling participant. To do so provides no useful benefit. This is especially true of adolescents. The willing attitude of a child to be homeschooled is the first and primary preparation factor if real success is to be achieved.

The parent needs to undertake an assortment of action steps. For example, the child’s academic level must be assessed. This should typically occur a few months before the onset of each academic school year. Additionally, the child’s curriculum needs to be developed. Tutors should be in place in case extra help is needed for your child. Materials, books, folders, and other assorted requirements need to be readily available. A quiet area for your child’s learning environment should be developed. Are you prepared to satisfy the requirements (legally) of all local, state, and federal guidelines? The above-mentioned items are critical aspects of any homeschooling effort.

Preparing to homeschool a child requires attention to countless details. You must decide how long the school year will last. Research any existing organizations that can be utilized to assist with the homeschooling process. Be aware of who is the contact person is in the local school system. Know the the laws and requirements for homeschooling a child. Determine how you will assess your child’s development. Whenever possible, don’t be afraid to interact with other homeschool parents and discuss the pros and cons of the process. Ask yourself if you have the ability and expertise to homeschool your child. What if your child asks you how to find the area of a circle? Would you know how to answer this question? If you can’t, you need to have a way to find out the answer.

In conclusion, preparation to be successful in a homeschool situation requires several considerations. First, make sure the child is ready, willing, and able to participate. Make sure that you possess the attitude and ability to undertake such a task. Research and ascertain all of the logistical and legal considerations involved. Make sure that you network and have backup (tutors, other parents, etc.) in place if additional assistance is required. Keep good records and consistently evaluate your child to ensure ongoing progress. Stay abreast of all new developments regarding the homeschooling realm. Finally, be proactive. Address all problems and issues in a timely manner. Always be aware of what you are doing and the purpose for your efforts — the successful education of your precious child.

Constant Content author “Wakefield” has produced a total of four articles covering the topic of homeschooling.

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