Are you still asking how to start homeschooling? If yes, read through this post to learn about 8 things you need to do before you start homeschooling.
In this blog, I will share with you what are the things you need to do before starting homeschooling. I did all of these and they are very helpful especially for starting homeschooling parents
Deciding to start homeschooling would give you a feeling of excitement and anxiety. It’s another journey that you will take as a parent.
After you have figured out your top reasons for homeschooling, it is now time to get ready on how to start homeschooling.
Read article or videos about homeschooling
Sometimes, people may think that homeschooling is “easy.” But I tell you now; it is very challenging. Before you even decide to enroll, immerse yourself into the experiences of others.
Then ask yourself, can I really do it? Is it really possible?
Articles and videos will give you abundant ideas about how mothers/parents are working on their homeschooling.
Ooops, I almost forgot to say, I also attended webinars to learn more about the process.
Before you dive into homeschooling, your child needs to undergo a process of deschooling. This is the process of disconnecting them from “school”.
You must share your decision with them and explain the process that you are going to do.
Explain to children what they are going to expect on your new journey in homeschooling.
The pandemic has given us an ample amount of time to deschool my grade 2 son. And, I used these days to introduce some alearning activities that give them a picture of what will be our homeschool life.
learn more about deschooling by clicking the link below:
Find out accredited homeschool providers in your country.
Accreditation that cover homeschooling is an important aspect that you need to know before starting homeschooling. It sounds complicated, but there are available resources online.
Here is the list of Homeschool providers in the Philippines:
Choose homeschool provider or decide to do independent homeschooling
Having a homeschooling provider and becoming an independent homeschooling parent is quite different. There are pros and cons on choosing either of these two.
Homeschool providers provide you with a curriculum to guide you at each level. DepEd-accredited providers base their requirements on the learning competencies set by DepEd. Additionally, they help in record keeping and provide homeschool ID.
Homeschool Student ID Number is important to transition your children to traditional school.
We enrolled our children homeschool global because its a Philippine accredited Homeschool provider. Additionally, homeschool global has a hub in Qatar which can make it easier to access inquiries or challenges in our homeschooling.
Moreover, they have year-round cycles. So, you can choose any time, whenever you are ready.
Some of my friends enrolled in Seton, a US-based homeschool provider with strong community support in Qatar. I also heard excellent experience with this homeschool provider.
When you decide to become a independent homeschooling parent, you can have open curriculum. Parents can choose their own materials, schedules and activities for their children.
Additionally, parents do the record-keeping and tracking of the grade levels. Keeping other documents to support the homeschooling is very important.
DepEd examinations, like the Philippine Educational Placement Test (PEPT), or the Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) Exam under the Alternative Learning System (ALS), should be scheduled by the parents when you need to transition to traditional school.
Click the link below to learn more about the difference between homeschooling provider and independent homeschooling.
Explore different homeschooling methodologies
Every family has a different outlook on homeschooling. Different styles and different strategies are available online
Since I was not a homeschool child, I needed to learn methodologies of homeschooling that I can integrate into my teaching.
Also, it is essential to have an idea about what methodology is most applicable or appropriate in your homeschool schedule and approach.
Understand your child’s learning style
Once you already have the idea about the methodologies to use in your homeschooling, relook at your children’s learning style.
You can do this during the deschooling. Prepare learning activities before the actual homeschooling. This activities will allow you to understand the learning preference or style of your child.
Moreover, do not compare your children. Each would have their own learning pace. One can be good at visual learning; one could be good at writing or at listening.
Find a community support in your area
I joined Facebook Homeschooling community before I even enrolled my children because I want to understand the connections among homeschooling parents.
I am really amazed on how they share their activities and support one another.
Homeschool global Qatar has also made their own page. Coordinators and parents share important updates and activities.
Ones pandemic is over, we can reconnect socially to families outside our homes. And having a community will make it more easier.
Establish a friendly learning environment.
Learning can be anywhere. And it can occur in different places in our home. After all, It all depends on the approach that you want to integrate.
However, for me, I find it important to have a comfortable space to learn. I set up a homeschooling area where they can work on their assignments and or crafts.
Nevertheless, we use all the areas of our house for homeschooling.
Now you are set to start your homeschooling journey! Enjoy!
Homeschooling is both a challenge and an exciting journey. Before you dive into homeschooling, there are things that you need to do:
- Read articles or videos about homeschooling: this will give you an idea about what homeschooling parents are experiencing.
- Deschooling- disconnecting your children to school is a crucial stage before you embrace homeschooling.
- Find out accredited homeschool providers in your country- learning what the law states is essential to ensure transitioning from homeschooling to traditional schooling.
- Choose homeschool provider or decide to do independent homeschooling.
- Explore different homeschooling methodologies-there many approaches that you can use, and you need to choose what suits your family. And you have to learn before you start homeschooling.
- Understand your child’s learning style-learning is not a race; it is how you allow your children to learn according to ways they can adapt.
- Find community support in your area-homeschooling is quite challenging; you want to make sure that you have a support system available.
- Establish a friendly learning environment- learning should be fun. Also, there should be a learning-friendly atmosphere.
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