If you went to school and received a high school diploma, you can teach. If you took the class, then you have knowledge of what is expected and what you will be covering. You are not lecturing to a large group of kids, you are only talking to your child or children. You have known them from birth. You give them instructions everyday, and it is easy. You don't worry about how they will take corrections, you just tell them. You will be using the same techniques that you have always used. The difference is making the class material interesting. You know what you child likes or don't like, your job is to find a book or teach in the manner that they will enjoy the subject. If you have helped you child or children with their homework, than you can solo on your own.
You will need a lesson plan before you begin teaching. You can get lesson plans on the internet. You can get free plans and worksheets on many subjects. The site was set up for classroom teachers but you can use only what you need. www.lessonplans.com. There are also free lesson plans for other subjects, if you are looking for science go to: www.homeschoolscience.com.
If you thought you had to have a college degree to teach homeschool, think again! Many parents are finding out more about teaching homeschool because of the recent rise in popularity of this teaching method. If you are fed up with your public school and would like to put some religion or teach your children moral behavior, this may be the right avenue for you. Parents should have at least a high school diploma or GED, as this is required in some states. The best way to find out what the requirements for your state are is to contact your local school district office for an application and information.
Parents who have already decided to homeschool may need to research the other aspects of teaching it. Flexibility, organization, scheduling and enjoying your children is required of all parents attempting to teach at home.
Teaching a child at home is different from teaching in a public school where the classroom is full of distractions and you only have 40 minutes to teach a lesson. This is a distinct advantage that a homeschool has over public or parochial schools. You will have all the time you need to help your child understand a subject. Plan field trips and schedule educational opportunities (volunteering) so that your child gets a broad understanding of the subjects they are learning. Children may not always have the attention span or level of interest that you have in a subject but teaching at home will give you the opportunity to come back to a subject later when they are ready to learn.
Scheduling is extremely important in helping you keep your sanity. Help alleviate anxiety by purchasing a day planner to help you with this. Schedule a week at a time so that you can plan for the unexpected. Parents who purchase a curriculum may have a slight advantage over others who don't since pre-made curriculums can help you make sure you are covering everything that your child needs to know.
If you are still unsure about homeschooling, talk to others that have walked this road before. There are many support groups that can offer you assistance by meeting locally or on the Internet. Many are parents that are just like you and are new to this form of teaching. The benefits outweigh the negative aspects of homeschooling so give it a try and watch your child begin to show a renewed interest in learning.
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