Where to Begin
You will always remember your first day of homeschooling. You did all the planning and preparation, your kid's are excited. Maybe this day is just going on a nature hike or visiting your favorite museum and explore it in a new, purposeful way. But this was the beginning point of what is hopefully the most amazing journey your family will ever undertake.
But what does it take to get to that magical day?
Walk me through the steps...
At Simplified Homeschooling, we found the formula for success. It came through 25 plus years of experience, and a lot of trial and error. The best part is that you get to benefit from all our triumphs and mistakes which will put you on a much faster road to success.
Getting off the treadmill - We really can't stress this enough, Homeschool is not school at home. But you were a product of traditional school and you and your children have been neck deep in it for maybe years. If your child hasn't been in the school system, you will actually be a bit ahead if you can not think of homeschool like you were schooled as a child. This process of decompressing is as important to you as it is to your children. They need time to just be free from the structures of school. They need to explore their own abilities, likes, dislikes about learning. This is the time for them to do this. It is also the time for you to look, read, study, watch our instructional videos on how to get things set up in a way that makes sense to you. So much information is available in this course.
Gently raising responsible kids - If your child can't govern their own lives, this will be a harder journey. They have been taught what to do, how to think, and when to think it for as many years that they have been in school. Even at home with their homework, you have kept to the schedule and maybe even been the overbearing parent you never wanted to become. In this course we teach you how to train your children to take on their own responsibility. For their own lives, their education and more. This is the most important life skill you can teach your children and is very different than how they are taught in school.
Creating the right environment - We have talked a lot about this in another section of parent concerns and if you still have doubts, I would recommend you review the points in that section. But environment is everything. It is the gravity that keeps everything grounded.
Understanding your child's learning personality - We have a quiz that will help you get a better picture of the type of learner your child is. This may not surprise you, but it will surprise traditional educators... No one child learns in the same way. Dale as a child had two learning disabilities, dyslexia and ADHD. Teachers would present a problem, that was understood, but when they got into the details of how it was to be solved he was sure they were speaking a different language. He ended up solving the problem his way, but because it wasn't the way the teacher did it, it was often counted as wrong and his grades suffered. Freedom for your child to learn is often limited to your understanding of how they learn. here is a link to the learning personality quiz
Applying the right teaching styles - Once you understand your child's learning personality, you then need to understand the right teaching style that fits. What? You mean there isn't one style of teaching? No. There are many and we focus on five basic ones that fit the learning personality of your child. As you get more comfortable, you will start combining these or adding others, but we provide you with a good basic structure to allow your child to thrive and understand what is being taught in a more meaningful way.
Plan and set up your core teaching methods - Now you are ready to start! We step you through what the first three months should look like, How to use checklists and theme boxes. What should you be looking for in curriculum? This is when it all starts coming together.
We will continue to help guide you as you make your way through this journey, but these are the core elements to get you started on a path towards success. And remember you get to determine what success looks like, not the school.