Homeschooling can sound great in theory, but many parents get stuck when it’s actually time to begin educating their kids at home!
Teaching isn’t easy. Teaching your own children can be doubly difficult. Challenges can range from the smallest to the largest of hurdles but, for many families, the value that comes from putting in the effort to get a successful homeschool system in place is certainly well worth it! There are many things to consider as you design your homeschool program:
What are your goals? Do you want your children to transition back to a traditional learning environment or do you plan to follow a more individualized path? Is homeschooling a long-term commitment or a short-term fix to a temporary problem? Is your focus on college prep, life skills, travel, critical thinking, broad skills, and concepts, or detailed content aligning to specific state standards.
What are your children’s individual needs? Do you have children who experience any specific learning challenges? Are they gifted? Do they respond well to hands-on activities, group projects, independent reading, videos, or worksheets? What inspires and motivates your children? What times of day are they most ready for learning? When do you observe that they disengage from, or resist, learning activities?
What is your schedule? Considering every member of your family, along with your goals, how will you structure your homeschool day? Do you need to break your day up into specific academic periods or design a more free-flowing schedule? How will you incorporate important social activities, athletics, arts, and life skills into your homeschool program design?
What is your role or the role of others? Are you taking on all aspects of your children’s education on your own, or are there other adults who will be available and involved? Will you incorporate tutors, other parenting partners, grandparents, or private teachers into your homeschool program? What roles are you well suited to embrace and which roles can others take on in order to serve your family’s goals?
What types of resources are best suited to helping you meet your goals? Is multicultural education important to your family? Do you desire religious resources or are you interested in bringing in resources from many different perspectives? Do you want to include primary sources in your learning materials? Is your family more drawn towards pencil and paper activities and textbook readings, or do online resources offer a level of convenience your family needs?
There are many factors to consider, so if you are among the many families who want to homeschool but simply don’t know where to start, we are here to support you!
Lighthouse Learning Solutions is offering homeschool consultations as part of our homeschool solutions program. In addition to our online units of study that are designed to inspire student creativity and critical thinking, we also offer different levels of consultation to families who need support in designing a homeschool program for their children.
An initial conference consultation lasts 60 minutes and is free of charge. In this meeting, we will discuss your child’s needs and provide some general recommendations based upon your responses to the questions above. Following the initial consultation, a basic homeschool programming plan ($350) includes a follow-up analysis of needs and a proposed schedule and resource list. A more comprehensive homeschool programming plan ($525) includes all of the above, plus a write-up of your goals, homeschool requirements and standards for your state, and a proposed schedule for each student, as well as a full list of recommended resources.
Lighthouse Homeschool Solutions has program planning solutions for students and parents alike. Homeschool can be fun and stress-free for everyone!