Homeschooling Tips for Beginners

start-beginnersSo you’ve made the decision to homeschool your kindergartner!  Now what?  If you’re wondering where to start as you embark on this journey, take a look at these five homeschooling tips to help you on your way:

Do your research.

My first homeschooling tip is extremely important before you get started.  Make sure you know the educational requirements for your state.  Each state has specific guidelines for home school learning.  Contact your local education office or agency for details to ensure you include the proper subjects/areas in your curriculum.

Be flexible.

As you begin developing a process for homeschooling, your curriculum, scheduling, and layout preferences may change.  It may be beneficial to take the lead from your little one.  How do they seem to learn best?  Takes cues from your student(s) and be willing to adjust based upon their needs.

Have fun.

This is a major undertaking, but I cannot stress how important it is for you to have fun during this process.  The more enthusiastic and excited you are, the more your kindergartner will reflect the same feelings.  Look for ways to make lessons fun and stay away from rigid processes.  Remember, it is a privilege to teach your little one!

Do what works for you.

Don’t feel like your home school environment has to look like anyone else’s.  Do what works for you and your family.  This goes for curriculum choices, scheduling, and any other decisions you make regarding homeschooling.  Definitely use other examples to help you get started (no need to reinvent the wheel), but don’t think you have to follow someone else’s plan to the letter.  Make your own path to homeschooling success.

Mix things up.

Use different mediums to present your curriculum, to add variety and excitement to the learning process.  You should seek to incorporate computers, hard copy books, workbooks, free resources, paid resources, etc.

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