However, having the proper materials is not enough. The greatest factor in effective homeschooling in your home depends on you. Before you begin ask yourself these questions: Am I qualified to teach my child all that he/she can learn in an educational facility? Do I have the time to commit fully to the education of my child on a daily basis?
Can I create a curriculum guide and follow through with it without exception? Why do I believe my child should be homeschooled? In my experience what begins with the best of intentions does not end the way you plan. You must be able to devote at least 6hrs per day to your child’s learning. Just having a lesson plan is not enough if you do not follow through with it. When you begin homeschooling in your home you have now taken on the role of teacher not just parent. You must follow through with each days plan and not falter from it.
If you are serious about homeschooling your child I do have some recommendations. It is very important that you yourself have a college education of at least 4 years and are familiar with the field of education. Be aware that every child learns differently. Some children learn simply by being fed information but you must incorporate applying the knowledge you provide them with practical ways. Help your child to understand the information they learn in terms that they can understand in their own lives. Make sure to allow for creative outlets and hands on experience. Most importantly follow through with discipline and always try to complement your child and their progress. Focus on the positive and the can. If you must reprimand or tell your child you are not pleased with something they have done make sure to emphasize the good first. Always make sure that your child understands what is expected of them before they begin and take the time to try to explain things in a different manner if necessary for total comprehension. Allow your child to master on learning task before moving on to the next. If you can integrate one part of a particular subject with any aspect of another subject are take the time to do so. This will allow your child to apply concepts in different ways and improve their learning capacity.
If you have considered these things carefully then you are ready to make your decision.
However, if you find that things are not going as planned do not allow the situation to continue. The longer you continue to homeschool your child without success they run the risk of allowing them to fall behind in their age and grade level. Keeping up is much easier than catching up. If you do return your child to the education system be sure to help them when they get home and they can be just as successful as they would be if you homeschool them properly.