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The Do’s and Don’ts of Homeschooling

Right off the bat, homeschooling sounds like the easiest thing for students. Learning at your own pace from the comfort of your home? What’s not to love? While this is an enormous bonus, this model of education goes far deeper than that. For a general understanding of the basics, refer to my previous post. Furthermore, there are several critical guidelines parents should follow when homeschooling their children.

Through my three years of experience in this field, these are the ones that I’ve deemed most crucial.

DO’s

  1. DO assess and determine the student’s learning style. One of the main reasons parents look to homeschooling is because their child cannot conform to the rigidness of a classroom. Children learn at different rates and in different ways. Is the student a hands-on learner or is he or she more inclined to reading? SchoolFamily offers a quiz to aid you with this step. Take it here.
  2. DO implement a schedule and boundaries. While the student will be learning in a much more relaxed environment, it still imperative to instill a certain sense of structure. Ensure that a routine is followed so that the student is learning at specific times of the day and that there is clean, designated learning area. Homeschool Skedtrack provides online lesson plans and schedules for homeschoolers. Create your own here.
  3. DO extensive research when formatting a syllabus. There is an array of homeschooling tools available on the web. Take advantage of them. Establish the mandatory curriculum for your designated  state/country and adhere to it as much as possible.
  4. DO create a network with other homeschooling parents and students. Because these students are not naturally socialised to most school norms, parents need to actively make sure they are still having healthy interactions with other children. Sports, hobbies and support groups are a definite way to do this. Also, speaking to other parents who are going through the same experiences will offer great enlightenment. Find your nearest support group here.

DON’Ts

  1. DON’T forget to keep the student’s progress up-to-date. To be sure the student has fully grasped the subject matter, test his or her knowledge occasionally. Testing does not always have to be formal, it can be disguised as a game.
  2. DON’T try to deter the student from standard schooling. Parents that homeschool are usually quite passionate about it and sometimes speak poorly of the public school systems and this carries over to the student. The student needs to be open-minded and comfortable with both homeschooling and standard schooling. Resenting standard school will not make him or her a better learner.
  3. DON’T limit yourself to mainstream courses. One of the most obvious advantages of homeschooling is that you can formulate your own syllabus. Feel free to include unorthodox subjects. These can range from learning latin to herbalism depending on the age of the student.
  4. DON’T get lazy. The worst thing a parent can do when homeschooling is neglect the student’s routine, lesson plan and growth. Don’t let the fact that you’re teaching from home allow you to become complacent. Be avid about ensuring the student’s progress and that he or she is achieving their full potential.

There are countless more. Reach out to us on Facebook or via our website and we’d be happy to provide further clarity as well as guide you through the process.

VIDEO

Take a look at Logan LaPlante! He is a 13 year old undergoing the homeschooling system and keenly discusses the endless benefits and limitlessness that come with the territory.

Alternative Academia

 What is homeschooling? The Basics & An Introduction

In basic terms, homeschooling is ...FUN! Homeschooling is mostly self-explanatory so in fear of overstating the obvious and instead providing insight into exactly how homeschooling works, know this: Learning from the comfort of your home is often far more rewarding than competing in the rigidity of a classroom.

Welcome to my classroom, please make yourself at HOME.

My name is Kawaii and I have been tutoring since 2012, both on my own and at private schools. Tutor Owls, a tutoring initiative/cottage school that I founded in 2014, provides parents alternative options for children who have alternative needs. These alternative needs can range from learning disabilities to pure convenience. I personally recruit and train each tutor and our standard student to tutor ratio is no more than 5:1 with shorter hours and less condensed lesson plans. This greatly allows each child to get the individual attention they deserve!

Different  countries and states have varying guidelines and requirements for their homeschooling curriculum and they can usually be found online. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, homeschooling is legal as part of the Education Act and we abide by the curriculum put forward by The Ministry of Education. Parents are required to submit a letter of intent to the MOE. If the child is being removed from a current school, parents are also required to submit a letter to the school’s principal. For further guidance or for a draft of the letter, reach out to us at tutorowls.tt@gmail.com.

The demand for alternative academia is surprisingly high, while the supply is regrettably low. This, coupled with my passion for working with children are the two main reasons I decided to start up my own tutoring center and pursue this field. Nothing has ever topped the feeling I get when my student learns and understands a new lesson, it is indescribable. I am also the biggest geek at heart so finding and organising creative methods to tutor students who do not learn conventionally is my rewarding pleasure. 

It is honestly THE BEST of both worlds. At Tutor Owls, we want our students to WANT to learn so we pride ourselves on veering away from the pressurised routines of standard schooling and instead creating an easy-going environment where students are comfortable and open-minded. Sometimes, it can be difficult for some students to open up but we are dedicated to working tirelessly to help them achieve their goals. We formulate a specific syllabus to complement and maximize each student’s ability.

During the next few weeks, I will discuss the “do’s and dont’s” of homsechooling as well as the many benefits that come with it, so stay tuned for more!

To further drive my point home and in preparation for my upcoming posts, take a look at this video. At a TED convention, Sir Ken Robinson discusses the way in which standard schooling tends to downplay a child’s creativity. (Pay particular attention from 11:00 onward) Do you agree?

Any questions?

Class dismissed.