Due to the current situation that we’re facing worldwide, homeschooling has become a powerful alternative, including in many countries where it was not previously considered an option. That’s why today we want to share with you some tips to help you have as easy a transition as possible to this style of teaching and learning. Feel free any time to browse our site for free online educational resources you can start using right now.
Tip #1: Unschool your mind
There is a perception that attending school is the only way to access education. MYTH – for years homeschooling has been practiced in different countries, achieving in many cases outstanding academic results that rival those of the traditional educational system. It is important to get rid of that perception, which has been established by society and the traditional educational environment itself, in order to try new alternatives and break the educational paradigm.
Tip # 2: Be informed
Today there is a high number and growing, of online educational resources. However, before making the decision to homeschool, it is important to know if this type of education is legal in your country. You can check if homeschooling is allowed by law by clicking HERE.
Tip # 3: Organize a curriculum
Once you have checked that homeschooling is legal in your country, search online for any of the educational curriculums available. Pick the curriculum that best suits the learning objectives you want to achieve. You can be guided by the national curriculum established in your country or choose a different one.
Tip # 4: Observe, investigate and choose a methodology
Just as it is necessary to break the paradigm that “it is only possible to be educated at a school,” it is also necessary to do away with the idea that “there is a certain way of teaching”. Observe your son or daughter and you will realize what’s the best way for them to learn. For some, it is easier to use visual resources, for others repetition helps, etc. We also recommend researching different educational models to choose the one that best suits your child’s learning, so the learning and teaching process will be easier for both of you.
Tip # 5: Organize a workspace
Now that you have a curriculum and one or more defined teaching methods, organize a quiet and noise-free workspace to encourage the educational process. It is not necessary to perform all classes there. If you have a backyard and want to teach something like ecosystems, why not take advantage of it? But we do recommend that you establish a certain place for the rest of the activities where focus and concentration are required.
Tip # 6: Make it fun
Playing is the way that children learn. We recommend making this process a playful instance for your children. That way you will be able to capture the attention of your children for a longer time. You can find online educational resources on this list that features resources by companies like PBS Kids, Into the Book and 7 Generation Games.
Tip # 7: Ask for help
Teaching your children can be an intimidating task. We recommend joining homeschooling groups to get support from other parents who also homeschool. You can find homeschool communities online like ours, on Facebook pages, tips on twitter, and more.
BONUS TIP: If you are really into global education and want to some tools in Spanish for learning online and information on education in Latin America, check out Strong Mind Studios in Santiago, Chile.