How To Teach Your Own Children Like A Tutor Or Home Educator
Maria is part of the community outreach team at Edu Aid. Maria is passionate about ongoing education at all ages, and when isn’t learning new things is a keen walker and cyclist and can be found exploring.
It may be that you’re considering schooling your child at home yourself, but you’re scared that you don’t have the right skillset or you don’t feel ready. Don’t panic, we have a few tips and pointers to help you along your journey of knowledge. The first and the foremost thing to think about is the approach that you are going to take, how do you want your children to learn?
A real bonus of home-schooling is the flexibility that you have to take control of the curriculum and the way that your child is taught it. Do you need to decide if you are a parent who wants to be very regimented? Or is the whole reason that you are teaching your child yourself so that you can be creative with the way that they learn.
Sometimes your the child will really favor a certain way of teaching, for example, they might be more ‘Kineaesthetic’ so, in other words, a hands-on learner or they may be more ‘Linguistic’ meaning they enjoy reading and writing. There are so many online resources that focus on the way that people learn and the way that certain brains absorb information. When you can identify the styles that your child likes and favors, then teaching them will become an easier and more enjoyable task.
Another point is the need to invest in some good materials, these don’t necessarily have to be expensive, you can often pick second-hand learning materials up from thrift shops or if you have the means, then invest in new ones online or in a book store. If you wanted to go a step further with your preparation and really plan your lessons then browsing teaching forums online and downloading teaching notes will also be very useful as a lot of them are published by the school teachers or curriculum writers.
Once you have your materials, it is time to plan, no tutor or home educator turns up to a child’s house without a plan and you certainly shouldn’t do this. You should know exactly what topics you are going to cover in each period of teaching. Incorporate rewards and feedback into your plan to ensure that your child stays engaged and learns from their mistakes.
The final point is to create an area specifically for home-schooling, that may be your home office or just your kitchen table. Your child should know that at certain times in that room they know that it is time to learn and to behave well. Of course, hiccups will happen, siblings may fight, tantrums may be thrown and sulking will certainly be on the agenda. These should be managed swiftly and in a timely manner just as it would be if your child was in school. A learning space is a learning space whether it is with a class full of people or one on one tutoring and your child should know this and behave appropriately.
After reading this article, teaching doesn’t seem so daunting does it? One of the main reasons that you may have chosen to school your child yourself is the flexibility, the opportunity to bond with your child and make it an overall fun experience for both or all for you and this is something that should be remembered throughout your journey.