(Variety of sources and opinions)
How and Why
Home education is a ticket to a vast amount of freedom and flexibility to put together a curriculum that would be tailor made for your child, one that would afford them the best education possible. You already have more advantages, vastly superior, to even the most gifted of teachers in the most expensively equipped classrooms....and that is before we even start talking about curriculum resources!
Think about is the long term picture and what you want for your children. You can pass on to your child(ren) what you know, what you know they REALLY needs to learn, all those lessons in life (the most important ones of all).
No one on this earth is more motivated for your child(ren)'s success than you.
No one else is willing to be with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, which means no one else will ever be able to observe them as closely and come to know their interests, passions, aspirations, abilities, inclinations, aptitudes and favourite/ most efficient ways in which they learn.
You are THE AUTHORITY in and of your child(ren)'s life.
- Chill, take it slow.
- Don't assume you have to have a curriculum.
- Don't assume its 9am – 3pm.
- If you have a boy take a deep breath.
- Its not 'school' at home. Education and schooling are two very different things. Go for real-life education in the real world.
- Lower your expectations. Do what you enjoy and can cope with, then add in the other bits.
- Become part of a local home education network for support.
- You can train his character and build in the character qualities you know his future employers, his future wife, his future children will want to see in him and that he will definitely need to possess.
- The most important and useful thing you can do for him is both motivate him to learn and at the same time give him a vision for taking upon his own shoulders, as appropriate, more and more of the responsibility for his own education.
- Your own personal confidence level and commitment are the deciding factors, not any set of text books or resources or pre-existing ability.
- Join email discussion groups.
- One-on-one instruction coupled with a vigorously interactive format is the most efficient form of learning full stop.
- There is formal learning: when parents directly teach, instruct or explain with or without text books or work books.
- There is informal learning, when you are discussing a book you are reading together or to them, or interacting over the things seen along the way as you drive from A to B. This is the heart of mentoring: reading and discussing and interacting together over all the issues of life as they come your way.
- There is incidental learning which your children just pick up as you go about your daily business, things that are caught rather than taught. This includes much in the area of character training, which may be far more important and valuable to your children when it's all said and done than their academic accomplishments.
- There is self-learning, self-instruction that takes place when the children have free play, pursue hobbies, experiment on their own, are set tasks and put in charge or made responsible for regular chores, or when they just sit down and start reading for their own enjoyment and edification.
- Then there is learning that takes place when you aren't even there: when they join clubs, go to scouts, church groups, camps, sports teams, visit Uncle Ted up the valley and help milk the cows, etc. As long as they are awake, they are learning something.
- There may be precious little "work" produced as in schools, but that is because "school work" is another one of those logistical requirements of schools to ensure the children are in fact doing "something", for the teacher cannot possibly know where each child is up to.