As the new school year arrives parents are busy helping their children get ready for school. New clothing, pens, paper, school books, and much more are needed to get students up and running in preparation for the return to school. The excitement is palpable, but for many parents and their children who homeschool, there is a different mood. Since part of the theory behind homeschooling is that every moment of every day is an opportunity for learning, summer is not really a vacation, but just another time to learn about different subjects in a different setting.
The summer is a great time for homeschoolers to take a break from their more formal studies such as math, science or history, but it doesn’t mean they stop learning about science or math. On the contrary. A trip to the beach can easily turn into an informal lesson about marine life, or the discovery and exploration of the new world, or estimating the number of people who are at the beach. When parents homeschool their children, they have a homeschooling mindset, and everything becomes interesting and worthy of learning.
Parents who don’t homeschool, but have thought about it, can examine the many resources available to help them get started. It is not necessary to invest in school furniture, classroom chairs or classroom tables. A school desk, kitchen table, or even folding tables will do perfectly for the more formal aspects of homeschooling. But a trip to the beach, a hike in the mountains, or even a walk to the mailbox, is also a classroom for homeschoolers.
Have you ever thought about homeschooling for your children? Here are some pointers to help you get started:
· *Begin a collection of resources which will help teach your children: Create a list of items that will be useful in teaching your children. Borrow or buy the things on that list which you don’t already own. Here is a short list of things you might think having in your homeschool environment: a globe, atlas, GPS, measuring cups, rulers, scales, a garden, tools, art supplies, reference books, magazines and newspapers to discuss topics of interest or current events.
· *Know what community resources there are in your area: the library can be an amazing place for you and your homeschoolers. Enrichment programs abound in most places. Don’t hesitate to supplement your children’s homeschooling with sports programs, language programs, and art classes. One interesting enrichment program is carpentry, where homeschoolers can actually learn to make school furniture and other interesting objects.
· *Distribute household chores among your homeschoolers: With the kids around all day every day it might be hard for the burden of cleaning and cooking to fall on just one or two people; namely mom and dad. Homeschoolers can also learn to share in the chores, not only easing the burden on parents, but learning essential skills which will be useful for the rest of your children’s lives.
Homeschooling can be an exciting adventure that does not have to be complicated or difficult. The challenge is to bring back the joy of learning to your children in everything they do.