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Making Your Child a Part of the Homeschooling Process
There are a myriad of different reasons why individuals choose to homeschool their children there is the financial benefit of avoiding high private school fees; there is the convenience of scheduling education around other family activities etc. . . One of the most significant benefits of homeschooling is the flexibleness with which you can tailor your child's schooling. It is a well known fact that every individual has individual needs, and homeschooling allows you to create a learning environment that suits your child particularly.
When you undergo homeschooling, it is important that you have a clear curriculum and mind and a plan to execute it. But within that blueprint, you should understand that you have a tremendous amount of flexibility there are many alternate ways that a child can learn something, and many different things to learn in a given topic.
One of the best ways that you can ensure a high level of knowledge retention is to encourage your child to take a personal interest in his or her tuition. Although this may seem obvious, many people growing up who went though a traditional school system will probably agree that their education was received in an authoritative way schooling and your education was something that was done to you, not with you.
When homeschooling, however, you can take advantage of the almost limitless flexibility at your disposal and let your child take a more active role. While you can't, clearly, let your child do whatever he or she wants education-wise, you should always explain to him or her a given education plan, and see what he thinks.
For example, when you start your school day, outline the plan for the day with your child. Depending on his or her age you can also explain the logic behind the plan. If there are any things the child seems resistant to doing, try and take them seriously. You should not, of course, avoid predetermined subjects or activities simply because your child doesn't like them. You should, however, ask your child why he or she doesn't like something in the day's plan, and to propose alternatives. In many cases you will be pleasantly surprised by what your child comes up with, and be able to incorporate it into the day's work.
As much as possible, you should have a list of alternatives in mind for assigned activities. The idea is to try and think of additional activities that fulfil the same task. If your child protests against a certain exercise, then, you can offer them an alternative. This can be exceedingly effective in getting your children to learn material that they loathe.
Oftentimes the child simply has to feel that he or she is more in control of the situation to enjoy it. Even though you are fundamentally controlling your child's education, by granting them small allowances and choices, while still sticking with the larger picture, everybody wins your child feels he is doing what he wants to do, and you are still teaching your child what you want him to learn.
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