Lack of confidence on the part of parents can be the single greatest obstacle that prevents them from succeeding as homeschoolers. Many parents fear that they are personally or professionally unprepared for the requirements of homeschooling, yet they very much want to educate their children at home. Despite the fears of inadequacy, most parents can easily access and employ a variety of resources that will place them in a position to succeed as homeschooling parents.
For starters, it is a good idea for any parent considering the homsechooling approach to become familiar with the idea itself. This might mean conducting research at a local library or the Internet to find information on what a homeschooling curriculum might entail. It might even mean setting up a meeting with a local homeschooling group or taking a trip to a local homeschooling fair or convention to locate resources and individuals who can be of assistance.
Once a parent has become familiar and comfortable with the idea of homeschooling a child, the next step might be to find a proper curriculum plan or program that will address the specific academic needs of a child. Once again, the Internet, a local library, or even a bookstore can be great places for parents to find information on state standards and curriculum requirements, especially in terms of how thy apply to a homeschooled child. Parents will eventually have to make the decision about the particular type and style of curriculum that they want to use in the education of their child. For some, it might be best to self-develop a curriculum, others might consider using a distance learning or cyber-school, while still other parents may consider using a combination of the two.
Taking the time to understand the particular learning needs and learning styles of a child is also another important factor that any successful homeschooling parent should consider. By knowing the interests of a child, and a child’s particular learning style, parents can place themselves in a position to select the program, plan, or curriculum that will best meet the needs of the child.
Successful homeschooling parents should also consider that a curriculum can be implemented piece by piece instead of all at once. Most parents are under the impression that they have to teach their children everything, when in fact it is often best to begin a curriculum in a more supplementary form. Parents can begin homeschooling their children by offering them extra tutoring or supplemental material on a particular subject. Parents can then gradually begin extending and adding to the curriculum as they and the child become more comfortable with the process.
There is certainly no single approach that can guarantee that a parent will succeed as a homeschooler. However, the right approach, together with the right frame of mind and the proper curriculum can go a long way toward helping parents educate their children in a way that they see is best for their overall academic benefit.