Homeschooling isn’t always walk in the park, especially when you combine it with working remotely. Interestingly, as of 2019, about 2.5 million children were homeschooled, representing about 4% of school-aged kids in the US. While your child derives significant benefits from homeschooling, it’s vital to fully acknowledge what is (and isn’t) age-appropriate for your child. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to focus on what is more critical with your priorities set right. That said, here are three things to prioritize when homeschooling your kids.
Focus on literacy skills
Children build their vocabulary through reading and verbal interactions. Additionally, reading is a critical component of the education system, which is no different for homeschooled children. The more kids read, the higher their understanding of the world around them. As expected, reading boosts cognitive functions and puts the child in a strategic position to access academic opportunities. Thankfully, there are many social interventions that you will find beneficial if you’re looking for support in this area. An example is the Teach For America program which enrolls qualified applicants in a five-week training to become teachers.
Although TFA focuses on giving minorities in society the best education, the program equips trainees with the relevant techniques to build literacy skills. If you enroll and complete this five-week course, you would have acquired the ability to use learned skills to teach your homeschooled kids how to read.
Build your child’s interest in Math
Math is a subject better practiced daily. Therefore, if the learning week commences on Monday and ends on Friday, make it a point to include Math every day of the week for at least one hour per session. In most mainstream schools, the teaching schedule may treat Math at least four times weekly. Helping your child build an excellent foundation in Math is a goal you should aim for.
What’s more, mathematics forms the basis for several courses at the college and university level. Additionally, it is a gradable subject for enrolling your child into a school. This means they will be assessed to check their understanding of the subject before they are admitted.
An early grasp of Math builds problem-solving skills and critical judgment. Fortunately, there are several Math online materials and programs such as Mathletics for different age groups. It would help if you took advantage of these valuable materials.
Character and social skills
Have you ever encountered a person with excellent academic laurels but flawed character and social skills? Now that is what you want to avoid in your homeschooled child. There is a general belief that homeschooled kids lack social skills because of a lack of interaction with their peers in a typical school setting. This may have been the case decades ago, but there are endless opportunities for homeschool children to meet up with other homeschooled children through co-ops, social groups, etc.
It doesn’t matter what you believe or where you stand on this sensitive issue. However, your focus must be on nurturing your child to be confident, well-mannered, and at ease in social settings. While at it, do not forget to make science a fun subject for your young ones.