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Did you know that homeschoolers perform better in studies than traditional schoolers?
In the US alone, there were about 1.5 million kids being homeschooled, according to the 2012 statistical survey by the US Census bureau.
A better quality education, improved social interaction, frequent travelling, there can be many reasons for parents to choose homeschooling for their children.
So if you too are thinking about educating your kid at home, here are some tips and techs that can help you get started.
Where to start?
Before anything else, the most important things that you want to take care of are the legal procedures, and future implications of homeschooling in your state or country.
Just like the curriculum, the laws revolving around education at home change from geography to geography.
Things like the following matter crucially when it comes to homeschooling:
- Age limit of the student
- Legal registrations
- The parent who is responsible for education
- Having a permanent address
One of the biggest advantages of homeschooling can be that the parents decide how and what their kids learn.
So before getting started, figure out an approach and if possible, a curriculum and a time table for your ward. Whether you want to recreate the traditional education at home, or if you want to create an “un-schoolers” environment and let your kids decide what they want to learn. Having a course set before starting will help you in being more efficient and effective.
You can also look for a social group of other homeschoolers to seek guidance from.
Social interactions are a huge part of schooling and that’s why, it is easy for homeschoolers to get lonely after a while.
The good thing is that with the growth in the idea of homeschooling, you can find independent communities of similar people who socialise, for a better learning experience. Many such communities of parents and students get together to organise field trips and picnics for children so they don’t miss out on the best parts of schooling.
In fact, if you do not find a community, you can even start it on your own and bring together similar people.
Probably the most important thing to remember when you start homeschooling your child is that it takes time to build a schooling environment at home.
Unlike a traditional school where fixed schedules are already a part of the structure, it can get a bit tricky to reinforce discipline at home and get into the groove, so be patient.
Tech to Use:
Thank science for innovations that it is not only possible, but highly feasible for parents to make advanced technologies a part of their child’s life.
“Toys” like advanced Lego sets and Ubtech builderbots can not only teach kids mechanics, but also coding in a fun way. Your child can explore every interest that they want to, and see which direction they want to take.
For a collaborative learning experience with other homeschoolers in your community or general distance learning, you can make a virtual whiteboard, like HuddleBoard, a medium of learning.
These softwares put together every necessary technology that is required for interactive and collaborative learning, such as, audio conferencing, document sharing, real time documents, and presentation editing, chat groups, and a lot more.
They are easy to find and purchase. And they let your kids learn about every curious thing in a real and practical way.
They do the job as well as a conventional light microscope for a beginner, who wants to observe and explore things around them. It even allows them to take a picture to print later or record videos.
In the End
It is not necessary that technology has to be intimidating. With these simple ideas and your help, your child can begin to understand their likes and dislikes, and build a future for themselves.