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Why you need to balance parent/student interaction in your homeschool
My children have a pet peeve. I guess you could say I am their pet peeve, but to put a finer point on it, it’s really my hovering over them while they do their homeschool work that causes issues. I have this sort of “guilt complex” if I’m not actively involved, and yet, it can make them feel claustrophobic. Finding the right balance between being involved in their learning and giving them enough space to breathe is a constant challenge.
After speaking with some homeschooling friends, though, I learned about online homeschooling methods. Because some online providers design their curriculum to actually interact with my children, it can actually be the best of both worlds.
The lessons break down the concepts for them by applying real life examples to math, language arts, science, social studies, and more. But, when lesson time is over, we can go over anything they didn’t understand, discuss some of the finer points, and even add in some hands-on reinforcement activities.
Independent Learning Benefits Us All
When I first started out homeschooling, I felt compelled to do all of the instruction, lesson planning, and grading. After all, isn’t that what I’m “supposed” to do? If I’m not actively involved in everything they are doing, then how will I know what they are learning. In spite of my enthusiasm and best laid plans, I struggled to give all of my children the proper “face time” they required. My youngest needed me more, but my oldest would also struggle with math. It was like a tug of war where I was the rope being tugged in all directions!
It took some time, but I eventually realized that there is a balance between independent learning and interacting with my students. And my student’s independent learning is just as important as their knowledge in geometry and physical science. Now, my oldest, who suddenly likes math, busies himself with his online studies as I help my youngest children with the more hands-on part of their homeschool.
Doing part of their homeschooling online provides my children with the opportunity to learn independently, gain problem solving skills, and get a true sense of accountability. I don’t have to stand over their shoulders or constantly provide assistance, something they truly appreciate.
Flexibility and Freedom
One of the other benefits of finding balance between me and my homeschoolers and using an online curriculum to help us in that effort is that I have the flexibility to let my children study at any time during the day or night because we can access our curriculum from anywhere with an internet connection. They work and advance independently, and at their own pace; and it’s not always dictated by my availability.
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I’m new to hs also and have no idea how to start….
I’m getting ready to homeschool my 3 children and I don’t know how to start it?
Hi Michelle! I remember being where you are! Homeschooling is awesome, but definitely can be a little nerve wracking. 🙂 We started to homeschool when I pulled my oldest son of public school less than 2 months into his 1st grade year. He just graduated!
I would say to first make sure you find out what your state homeschooling laws are, and that you understand what they expect of homeschoolers. This might be a good place to start: http://a2zhomeschooling.com/regional/us/homeschool_laws_by_state_province_or_country/
This ebook was really helpful for me, it has a lot of advice/tips/ideas from veteran homeschoolers. It’s a free download. https://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/how-to-homeschool.shtml
It’s normal to be nervous, but remember to have fun, lol! I forgot that in the beginning and wish someone would have reminded me. Even through the harder periods, making the decision to homeschool turned out to be one of the best decisions we made.
If you have more questions, feel free to post them! Good luck. 🙂