As I was exploring the idea of homeschooling, I realized that I needed to consider a few key things. I realized that if I was going to make the decision to homeschool, I need to consider the personality of my kid. Each child is unique and different. I love the quote from the movie “The Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Felicity Fox says, “We are all different, but there’s something fantastic about that, isn’t there?” That’s what separates a good teacher from a great teacher. A teacher needs to be able to distinguish a child’s strengths and weaknesses and work with them.
In doing research for our journey into homeschooling I also realized that I need to consider my own personality and my own strengths and weaknesses. The good thing is that no one knows my child better than I do. I’m with my children all the time. I know them. And I want to know them more. I want to understand how they think and what their interests are. I know what my child’s abilities are and so do you. You know their strongest areas and areas that may be a little more challenging from them as well. The key is to have confidence in that knowledge to help my kid learn in a way that suits them specifically.
Here are a goals to consider for your kid. Consider the following questions.
- What natural talents and abilities is my kid already showing? For example, some children are naturally compassionate and enjoy doing things for other; others display an interest in discovering how things work.
- What can I do to encourage these natural talents? Could I ask my kid to draw pictures or make cookies for an elderly friend or neighbor? Could I provide building materials, blocks and small gadgets?
- What areas do I need to help my kid work on? Does he need self-help skills? Can she learn to show empathy for others?
- What are things that I have noticed that help my kid grow and thrive? Does he need structure, extra sleep, small frequent meals, time alone, or extra snuggle time?
- How can I create an environment so that my kid is immersed in an environment that encourages learning.
The above list of goals is paraphrased from the book, “The Homegrown Preschooler: Teaching Your Kids in the Places They Live”. It was one of the first books I bought when I was researching my decision to homeschool our kids. The book is a great overview of the homeschooling process. The book is full of personal stories and practical advice. For me, it has been a great entry point into the wonderful world of homeschooling.