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How many of you will be homeschooling your children in the new year? How many of you are homeschooling because of the virus? Homeschooling was very popular before the pandemic and now many families are homeschooling due to the pandemic. Whatever reason you have for homeschooling, the responsibility is real. All parents want their children to learn well.
As a retired homeschool mom, I understand all the pros and cons, the struggles, and the victories. I lived through the curriculum changes, the learning differences, and the horrors of teaching math. I have lived to make it to the other side and have good news for you. If you make it a top priority it will work!
My three children are now adults and they turned out really well. They got into college and graduated with advanced degrees. They didn’t forget who they were, nor did they lose their faith. They got good jobs and married well. I was rewarded by becoming a grandmother…. wink.wink…
I remember that there were times when I was in the midst of tough days and weeks that my inner strength would fade and I wanted to quit. How many times did I threaten to put them on a school bus? It’s funny, but a real part of being a homeschool mom. Most days were filled with great learning experiences, but we all go through days when a child is whining or they just can’t remember their multiplication facts.
All of these things would happen to your child in a brick and mortar school, just like they happen in homeschool. The great thing about homeschooling is that you can be there to coach them through healthy responses to problems at home. Tough lessons can be learned without shame or bullying that might occur in schools.
The love of learning is one of the most important goals in home education. Children can grow up and still enjoy learning. Many children who attend school will have trouble with a subject or a bad teacher and then start hating school. There are often many reasons that children grow to hate learning. As homeschool moms, another goal should be to make learning enjoyable.
Learning can be fun, but it doesn’t all need to be. Learning should occur in a setting that is positive and moms can ‘draw the student into’ the lesson by using methods that entice each child to want to learn. By understanding how your child learns and what they’re interested in, the homeschool mom can customize each lesson. It sounds complicated, but gets very easy over time.
Think of using the child’s senses in the learning experience. Using tools like: Graphic Organizers, Art, Music, or activity, will help each child learn in more than one way. Some children learn great by hearing where others learn by seeing. Learning styles can increase the child’s ability to learn at a mastery level. I studied a lot about how children learn in college and used that knowledge to individualize each of my children’s education.
Many moms who are homeschooling because of the virus can help to supplement their child’s education at home by asking the teacher for ideas. With elementary students, moms can usually add to the lessons on their own. Adding some educational games, quizzes, flash-cards, or songs can help to reinforce lessons that might have gone over their heads on a zoom screen. Just some simple review can make all the difference.
How has your homeschool been going this year? Do you have questions or need some help? I would be glad to answer any questions that you might have. Maybe something I learned the hard way could provide you with a little encouragement.
@2020, copyright Lisa Ehrman