Deciding to teach your children at home precipitates many more decisions, such as, what home school program should you use? Making one up from scratch is difficult, particularly if you are new to home schooling. How will you know that you are creating a curriculum which will prepare them for college?
Many new home schooling parents discover that they are better off finding a home school program which is accredited. Most accredited home school programs have been tested and refined over a number of years and are designed to meet any requirements that the state legislates for home schoolers.
Where can you find a good home school program? One of the best places to look is on the internet. An online search for home school programs will yield thousands of results. Many of the accredited home school programs are for online home schools. Online home school programs are a great way to get access to resources and connect with professional teachers and other home schooling parents. By the way, if you are in search of home school activity ideas that have been expertly curated by a School Psychologist please visit my Amazon store.
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Because home schooling has become so popular in recent years there are many online home school programs available. You will also be able to locate all of the home schooling resources you need such as books, tests, text books, advice, materials, tips, etc. These will come in very handy if you are new to home schooling. Home schooling your children can prove more difficult once you have begun — it is important to connect with a good support group of like minded parents. If there aren’t any local home schooling groups where you live, the Internet will be an invaluable resource.
Another benefit to online home school programs is that you will be able to have a set curriculum and avoid some of the paper pile up that comes with other programs. You will also be able to have everything you need delivered right to your own home. A set curriculum is a great resource for home schooling parents. Especially if you are home schooling more than one child — it can be confusing to have several children with several subjects going at their own pace.
An online home school program with a good curriculum is like having a map of where you want to go telling you each step of the journey. If you need help most online home school programs also have customer support telephone numbers or e-mail contacts you can reach to give you instruction and encouragement. You won’t feel so alone when you use an online home school program. Once you have selected a program you just need to get started.
Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. If you just start you will be able to work the kinks out as you go. The easy part is choosing the right online home school program. Once that is done you can put into practice all the discipline, patience, and creativity teaching your children at home requires. Don’t forget to visit my Amazon store for recommendations to support your home school activities.
Dr. Mead, PhD, MBA, MA http://www.ishareknowldge.com is a consultant specializing in human behavior, school and social psychology. She can be contacted at: tonya at ishareknowledge dot com