While home schooling is becoming more popular, it is important to understand what is required of a home schooling parent. It can be exciting but daunting; there are extensive regulations and information to read and understand. Here are some of the facts about home schooling kindergarten children to help you decide whether it is for you and your child.
Rules and regulations.
Home schooling comes under the watchful eye of your state education department and the home schooling association that governs your area. These bodies have set the guidelines and regulations, and they monitor them with the home schooling families. Home schooling is not just a matter of keeping your child at home and teaching them what you think is pertinent. All children are required to be educated in line with individual state laws.
If you are considering home schooling for your kindergarten child, contact the state education department well ahead of the start of the school year and ask for information to be sent to you. Ask for any resources that might exist in your local area. Try to talk to some parents who are already home schooling a similar aged child and get some experienced advice.
What you will need in the home.
The most important consideration with home schooling is the fact that you will be both parent and teacher, and the roles are very different. You will need to be able to succeed in both roles, and to manage to change from one to the other. With practise and advice, you will manage to be both parent and teacher successfully.
Ideally, you will have a room to use for “school” that will provide a positive learning environment. It will need a desk and chair of suitable height for the child, a shelf for books and colorful posters on the walls to set the mood. Think of a kindergarten room in a school – there is a reason for the way it is setup and how it looks, so try to copy it in your home. There should be no distractions in the school room – no TV, toys, radios or phones that will not be involved in learning.
Make a list of the supplies you will need, and get them in advance so you are ready to start the school year. You will need pencils, crayons, glue, paper, construction paper, books for writing, art and craft supplies, reading books etc.
You will be in for a steep learning curve when you start, but time and experience will sort out most problems. Make sure there will be someone for you to turn to who is experienced in home schooling kindergarten children, and be sure you ask for help when you need it.