How to Start Homeschooling and Support Your Child in Education
When considering your homeschool options, or considering at home education in general, there are a lot of questions that come up.
How will my family adjust to the new lifestyle?
Are we doing homeschooling, unschooling, or other types of schooling? Where does the curriculum fit in?
Am I educated enough to teach my child everything they need to know?
And how can I assure they’ll be prepared for the future with at home education...?
These questions are normal, common and definitely solvable. Read on for an insight into these three experts’ views on how to start homeschooling. And how to adjust to all the changes to starting an at home education routine.
What label of homeschooling should I choose?
People love labeling! But the title of homeschooling you do does not need to define the homeschooler you are.
People are trying to find their online communities, which is why these groups and labels can become important. But whether it is after schoolers, homeschoolers who school at home, or unschooling families, it’s about the way that works for you.
If you aren’t sure how to start homeschooling, the best way is to just start. You’ll find your groove eventually.
What made you start homeschooling?
When Peggy’s daughter was just a baby, she was also a teacher of English as a second language. You know, the ol’ ESL way we all know and love. She had a daughter and needed someone to babysit while she taught.
Peggy had a friend who had three daughters and this friend decided to start homeschooling the oldest one. It was as simple as picking up a book and reading all the how-to’s she needed. Books from the library, just FYI (for your information).
Peggy was intrigued and received advice from this friend to read all books from John Holt. The quote which brought Peggy to a halt was; “fish swim and humans learn”. As much as this sentence makes sense, it transcended Peggy into a different mindset.
Peggy followed in the footsteps of her friend to get started, she needed to learn how to start unschooling first.
How did you manage to start homeschooling without being a teacher?
You don’t need to know everything, you just need to know how to get access to everything. There is a difference.
If you aren’t smart enough to teach all the subjects your kids need, you are certainly smart enough to get them access to all the homeschool options. It’s all about giving them access to resources.
Galileo has plenty of resources for your child’s at home education, such as Khan Academy, a world-renowned Math platform for kids.
Daniel Prince answers the age-old question of how he and his family got started with homeschooling, without him being a qualified teacher.
For Daniel, it was accepting that all teachers aren’t experts at everything. Teaching history is all games and war until you realize that the teacher wasn’t even alive when that specific event happened.
Teachers aren’t the know-it-all people we’ve made them out to be.
Therefore, helping your own kids with their education is okay. You don’t need to be qualified as a teacher, you simply need to show them how to explore the topics they are interested in.
Have you noticed any changes after your children started homeschooling?
It was a gradual change for the Prince family!
They didn’t notice any big changes in their kids at first but the one change which stood out was their youngest daughter’s interest in reading.
Daniel and his wife compared their daughter’s reading interests, or lack thereof, to other kids her age. In most cases, they just became more worried that her reading was not up to scratch.
A month or two into partnering with Galileo was when the uninterested bookworm started to read the same Harry Potter book twice! Expelliarmus, indeed!
Daniel’s other daughter had absolutely no interest in math, and within two months of using Kahn Academy, with her dad learning with her, she wanted to learn more! From order of operations to fractions and long division and even angles. They spoke of Uncle Sam as a term of endearment and very much enjoyed math lessons.
This would not have been the way the cookie crumbles in a public school.
Foundational blocks are laid and had this been in a classroom setup, Daniel’s daughter would probably not have been able to get it. Learning takes time, a good foundation, and a little bit of fun.
What do you see after the first year of homeschooling?
Peggy tells us that at the end of the year, some kids want to go back to school or some parents give up on homeschooling completely.
If you can get past the first year and you are considering a second, Peggy at West River Academy can be contacted to assess the progress that was made. The student and the family can provide reasons for why the first year was not successful.
In most cases, parents become controlling when it comes to all the homeschooling options.
They are afraid of the child failing which leads to a miserable family and a rebellious child. Controlling your fear by educating yourself is the number one step.
If needed and asked for, West River Academy can provide a transcript to show that the student completed a specific school year. In the event that a student wishes to return to public school, this transcript is the proof a student needs to show that an entire school year was completed.
Families can get hold of numerous online homeschool options with the touch of a button, or by reaching out to West River Academy.
There have been a lot of homeschoolers due to the pandemic who will most likely go back to public school after one year. But there are also families who simply need to get out of the public school system who have been discussing homeschooling for a very long time.
The important thing is to deschool as a family. Read more about deschooling and what it takes, right here.