As you know, school house teachers prepare for their career path through many hours of course
work, methodology classes, and student teaching before they begin teaching school. So how in
the world could a parent without such training and preparations expect to be able to successfully
home school their children?
As someone who has accomplished both, I can tell you that home schooling is quite a different
job than classroom teaching. For instance, a classroom teacher is tasked with the rather
prodigious challenge of conveying specific skills to a large group of kids with many different
learning abilities and learning styles and certainly they come from different backgrounds. I can tell
you, as a teacher, the temperament toward learning in which the child is exposed to at home is a
huge influencing factor when it comes to the child’s performance at school. Whether a child
comes from a home environment that embraces and nurtures learning or not makes teaching a
large group of students an even more challenging task. Then there are those discipline issues
that inevitably come. When this occurs, the schoolteacher is bound to follow rules, regulations,
and policies. And may or may not have the support of the parents in correcting the behavior.
Disciplinary action is a whole different arena when you are a homeschooling parent. This is a
natural duty for you as a parent and as such you can incorporate the rules and policies that not
only work best for your homeschool but for your family as well.
As a homeschooling parent, you are in control of the home environment of student(s)! And
homeschoolers certainly don’t have to teach, motivate, and reach out to an entire room full of
children at one time. We only have to motivate and manage one (or several) children, and even
then (if you’re creative with your scheduling and planning) it doesn’t have to be all at the same
time. As parents, homeschoolers are driven by the highest of motivators… the love for their
children and the desire for them to be successful.
When it comes to the curriculum, schoolteachers are largely bound by a prescribed program and
schedule. In the traditional classroom, because of scheduling and time constraints (along with
everything else) a teacher must instruct as efficiently as possible. Too much time on one unit will
probably mean cuts being made in others. One of the biggest challenges schoolteachers face
with the larger class sizes is finding teaching pace that will not out run the slower student yet
deliver to the higher learners subject matter that challenges them as well. Unfortunately, the
answer is usually a compromise that neither works for the slower or the faster students.
As a homeschooling parent you don’t have to work within the time
constraints or the class sizes. And you certainly won’t get called into
the office because you spent too much time on one subject either
because your child really took to it and you wanted to dig deeper, or
your child struggled to understand some of the concepts and you
wanted to review, test and teach some more before you moved on. As
a whole the homeschooling parent can work with and help their
children fully learn something without having to worry about any
myriad of issues that schoolteachers face.
It’s been documented that one on one instruction facilitates learning
at a much greater pace than can be done in a one to many
environment. The homeschooling parent has the flexibility to adjust
the schedule as learning dictates. You’ll find that because this
teaching model is so much more efficient than classroom learning,
that you’ll be able to dig deeper and stay longer within subjects and
still have plenty of time on your homeschool yearly calendar.
Preparation is always a good thing and with today’s technologies it’s
much easier. Get out there and read books, find some good online
homeschooling forums that you like and jump in. You’ll soon get a
feel for how those ahead of you on the path have approached the very
same questions that you have. Be prepared for some sanding and
buffing of your schedule and your plans until you find what works best
for you, your child(ren) and your family.
Do you have educational training and pedigrees that schoolteachers
have? Probably not; but as you now know, in the case of
homeschooling you don’t need many of them.
So, homeschooling… can you really do this? I think you’ll find that with
the availability of so many resources today, combined with your
enthusiasm for your child’s success and the love of being their parent
that… yes you can do this.
Mary Joyce is a former educator, successful homeschool parent, and
has written many articles on
teaching your child at home for the Homeschool-Curriculum-4u
website. Please visit (http://www.homeschool-curriculum-4u.com) for
more of Mary's articles, resources on homeschool, ideas, and
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