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Even before I had children I knew I wanted to homeschool them. Interestingly, I didn't have an idea what homeschooling really was about. However, as my baby was growing into a curious toddler and then into an "ask a thousand question" preschooler I realized I was on my way to becoming a homeschooling mama. It somehow never crossed my mind to ignore a curiosity driven little one but I kept on answering her questions and explaining the facts of life. There were times I spent hours sitting with my daughter nestled comfortably next to me and we explored children's encyclopedias and reading her favorite books. So when the time arrived for us to send her to kindergarten it was obvious I was going to continue the way we were already doing.
There are various ways to homeschool depending on state you live in. It is good to check the laws pertaining to homeschooling to know you are on a right track: http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp. Some states require more paperwork than other and some are more relaxed about the amount of documentation you need to provide.
Learn more about different homeschooling methods:
- Unschooling - how we do it in our family
People nowadays are familiar with homeschooling and what that may entail but when it comes to unschooling they may not know exactly what it is. The term unschooling was originally coined by John Holt in 1970s....
Find out what is your child's learning style
Regardless of approach you choose to tackle homeschooling make sure you follow your child's interests and draw on that. Some children love hands on approach and plenty of cool experiments while other will prefer books and quiet time to immerse themselves in their activity. Each child is different and trying to compare yours to other homeschoolers will not usually work because everyone has a different learning style: http://www.ldpride.net/learningstyles.MI.htm and each family has different needs. Focus on what is interesting to your child and let him lead you. If this is allowed to happen you will discover that she will shine in certain areas of study. Children who are homeschooled are usually very vocal about what they want to know and they have that natural innate curiosity that drives them. They have never been intimidated by the system, squashed and silenced into submission. They are individuals with strong preferences and open minds. Thus they are perfectly able to explore and dive into a new project, execute it and later on move on. There are no set limits on how much or little they have to do, no set timelines by a teacher. You are their teacher but you need to know that the older they get the more in charge they are. They eventually discover what they want to be in the future and if that requires studying calculus or a foreign language, they will do it.
You are your child's first teacher.
Now, I have to say that there are days in our homeschooling life that are not that perfect. However, looking globally at the choice we have made, I have no doubt about all the good that came out of that.
If you consider homeschooling and are wondering whether you could do it, think about yourself as of your child's first ever teacher. You taught your son the language he speaks now fluently and answered millions of questions in meantime. You know your child the best. Do you think any institution could have a better grasp on your child and potentially a better influence on his education? Probably not.