Children will follow your lead, so take the time to set clear and reasonable expectations.
I have met many a homeschool mom who was upset because her three-year-old was not reading yet. On the other hand, I have seen families who decide to homeschool with no direction or goals in mind.
I have watched as families tackle huge projects like trying to cram a whole year of World History into one quarter while also planning a World History Fair to culminate the experience. These are the same parents and kids who are burned out by Christmas and struggling to make it through each day!
Students will live up to your expectations, and if none exist, they will quickly adapt and may even enjoy the casual approach for a time. However, by Halloween, kids often long for more structure, and parents begin to think that the ghosts and ghouls knocking on their door look much more appealing than their bored and antsy children.
The individualized instruction that homeschooling provides opens up the door for students to master concepts much more quickly than in a classroom full of distractions. However, it also makes it very easy to coast through the year without really accomplishing anything.
So how do you determine the right expectations to set?
It all starts with planning. The key to careful planning is to know your child. What are his or her abilities? Struggles? Weaknesses? Passions? Putting a homeschool curriculum plan together that addresses all of these gives you the tools for a successful school year.
When you select Bridgeway’s Total Care System or Customized Package, we guide you through this planning stage with diagnostic placement testing, learning and personality style assessments, open dialogue and the expertise of certified teachers and trained staff members. We pinpoint where your child needs to begin in each subject based on skills, struggles and strengths. And we help you find the approach that works for both you and your child. Best of all, when you select our Total Care System or Support Package our advisors walk with you every step of the way to ensure that your needs and academic desires are met.
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