Thursday, September 6, 2007

Tips to Make Homeschooling Easier for Parents

Homeschooling, while it affords you certain freedoms when
educating your child, is not always easy. But there are things
that you can do to make homeschooling easier for yourself as a
parent. The following tips may help make your job as a
homeschooling parent a little easier.

1. If in doubt, look on the Internet. If you are in doubt about
your method of homeschooling, use the internet to seek another
method. In fact, you can use the internet to help you in regard
to nearly everything homeschool related. Do you need something
to keep your little one busy while you're working with an older
child? The internet has coloring sheets galore, as well as
worksheets, mazes, and puzzles.

2. Choose a complete curriculum. Complete curriculums will also
make homeschooling easier on you as a parent. Instead of having
to search through multiple catalogs to find just the right
curriculum, choose a complete curriculum. Not only will it save
you time, it may even save you money, in the long run.

3. Cut yourself some slack. Don't expect yourself to be the
perfect teacher. Unless you have an education degree, you most
likely will make mistakes along the way. Don't beat yourself up
about them. Learn from the mistakes and try not to repeat them

4. Allow your children to help themselves. You can't be expected
to know everything, so if your child wants to learn something
you don't know, give them the freedom to follow their interests.
You might be pleasantly surprised to find that they learn more
on their own than they did while you were more involved.

5. Seek the help from others. When in doubt about anything
dealing with homeschooling, seek the advice from those who have
been homeschooling for longer than you. Even though they may not
have dealt with exactly what you're dealing with, chances are
they will be able to give you advice or point you in the right
direction. Take advantage of your homeschooling peers' offers of
help, there might be a time where you'll be able to return the

6. Online communities are available. If you don't know people
that homeschool in your local area, there are literally hundreds
of homeschooling communities on the Internet. Search online for
homeschooling groups or forums. They can be found in every
state, and even some outside of the United States. You may have
to register to join a homeschool group or forum, but you can be
as active as you like and remain anonymous if you like.

Homeschooling doesn't have to be hard. In fact, one of the
reasons most people choose to homeschool is the ease and freedom
associated with it. When you have difficulty, however, you may
feel as if you need help. The above tips, when followed, can
help make homeschooling a little bit easier.

About the author:

Jane Saeman runs an In-Home Tutoring service called Aim High
Tutors. Find out about how to help your student
reach their full potential at


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