You may have heard something about homeschooling in Hong Kong, but not really understood how it works. Teaching your children at home is a perfectly acceptable alternative to sending them to a public or private school. Before you get started, however, you need to know the basics. Keep reading to find out more.
Do not be afraid to get help with a troublesome subject
You may find that math is not your strong suit when teaching your child, which means you should look on homeschool community forums for help, or call upon family or friends. It is best to find someone that can offer a better understanding of the material and help your child flourish.
How well do you understand your child’s learning style?
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that all children do not learn the same way. What may have worked for you might not be the finest approach for your home schooled child. Research different learning styles and apply them to the chosen curriculum for the best results.
Just because you follow a curriculum from another source, does not mean you must follow it to the letter. There are often going to be parts of a curriculum that do not suit your child’s learning style or schedule. Be flexible with a curriculum and do not be afraid to drop those parts that are not fitting for your educational plan.
Here are some stunning stats by College at Home showing the difference between homeschooling and public school
Sourced from collegeathome.com
What now… Homeschool really the way to go?
While you want your home schooled student(s) to learn as much or more as their traditionally schooled counterparts, remember that you don’t have to follow any guidelines when you are the teacher. Try different teaching and learning techniques to see what works best for your student. Also, consider using a reward program to make learning more exciting.
When you homeschool your kids, many financial hurdles will have to be overcome. Think carefully before you engage down this path.
- Can you afford for one parent to stay home and not work?
- How will you pay for all the supplies, lesson material and outings necessary to provide a great learning environment?
Treat homeschooling like a job
You’re a teacher now, and that means you also have to seek out more education. Professional teachers take “PA” days to attend conferences and training, so you should, too! Find homeschooling events near you or even attend one as a vacation. You’ll find they teach you not only specific topics you might not know a lot about, but also how to be a better teacher and how to plan out homeschooling lessons like a pro.
Cook bulk meals a couple times a week
Having a few dinners frozen and ready to heat and eat in the freezer can make crazy days better. Worrying about what you are going to feed your family as you are trying to homeschool will make things more stressful than they need to be.
Understand what your local school board offers in the way of resources for homeschooling
Often you will find that your school board will reimburse you for educational supplies and field trips. Do your research and understand what is expected on your part as far as receipts, fees and the extent of reimbursement.
Remember that when you are homeschooling you do not need to follow a classroom set up
The learning environment can be a lot more flexible, and you can tailor it to fit you and the child’s needs. If your child has a hard time rising in the morning, instead of trying to teach them, chemistry at 7am, start their classes a little later in the morning or later in the afternoon.
Once you have educated yourself on the basics of homeschooling…
you can decide whether this is something you want to try. Many children thrive when they are taught at home, while others do better in school. Consider your children and their learning styles before you make a final decision about their education.
Homeschooling & Social Skills – the correlation
Below are moms sharing their experience with homeschooling:
Studies conducted by various professors and various researchers have concluded that kids with homeschooling does also help develop social skills. Schooling in a public school does not guarantee the acquisition of social skills. Kids and teachers has to be proactive to build that social skills and research shows that in a public school setting, students are not socialising due to various constraints, i.e. teacher ordering to be quiet, restriction on play, negative feedback such as, “don’t use this for that”.