Creating your own home schooling curriculum requires a lot of research and careful consideration. Creating a curriculum is a very rewarding enterprise and will help your child excel but it does require a lot of effort. Part of the dilemma when creating a home school curriculum is that there are so many great resources available it is hard to narrow down the resources you want to use.
Many parents quickly become overwhelmed when putting together a home schooling curriculum. However, it is very possible to create a great curriculum with the proper resources. One of the easiest ways to get started is by obtaining a copy of your local school district’s curriculum. This may provide you with a basic outline that you can copy or adapt for your purposes. It will also help you cover all of the subjects you may be required to cover by law depending on where you live.
Of course, many parents decide to home school their children because they want them to get a better education than what is offered at the schools but getting a copy of their curriculum still may give you some ideas and work as a guide. The internet is another great resource for home schooling curriculum.
Many websites offer free home schooling curriculum guides. Home schooling can get expensive so anything you can get for free will help. Many online home school groups have areas where members can post their home school curriculum for the year to share with others. Once you have created your home schooling curriculum there are a few other tips you may want to consider.
For example, many home school families work very hard to create social opportunities for their children. Just because they won’t be at school with children their same age all day doesn’t mean your children won’t have chances to socialize. However, in some cases you may need to work harder to ensure these opportunities exist.
You can organize play groups, help your children join clubs, sign up for sports, take them to church activities, or get together with other home schooling families on a regular basis. Not feeling isolated will help many home schooling families thrive and keep the parents from feeling overwhelmed. Another thing to consider is having a special room set aside for home schooling. This isn’t necessary, of course.
Many families happily home school at the kitchen table or on the living room couch. But, if you have a room available, a special home school room makes life much easier. You won’t have to wonder and worry about where to store things and putting away projects that aren’t finished yet.