Five Most Common Mistakes in Homeschooling

PROBLEM
SOLUTION
Over Scheduling
The best part of homeschooling is the wealth of opportunities for educational activities outside of the home to augment your school curriculum. The downside is you can easily schedule your family into a frenzy.
Limit yourself to one or two activities at a time and make schooling a priority. By having more time to commit at home, schooling becomes much more enjoyable!
Under Scheduling
Over scheduling is a nightmare, but under-scheduling can be just as bad. Kids need variety and opportunities to be with other kids.
Build a network of families to plan activities and provide support and accountability.
There are so many learning opportunities out there! Find activities that work for your family at nearby museums, art schools, YMCAs, support groups, colleges, churches, and historical sites, and then take advantage of them. Get together with several other homeschooling families and plan out a year’s worth of field trips— but try to limit yourselves to one per month.
Unrealistic Expectations
Many homeschool parents get upset because their kids are not reading years above their age or succeeding in Algebra at age six. You cannot cram a whole year of World History into a couple months. This approach will quickly lead to burnout.
Planning. Homeschooling opens the doors for students to master concepts quickly or to spend more time when they struggle. So don’t be afraid to adjust to their strengths, weaknesses and passions.
Becoming a Slave to Your Curriculum
Are you one who pushes your kids to complete scheduled assignments even on days when it is obvious that your kids aren’t getting it? Or have your found yourself increasing the pressure and repetition when your child is struggling until you both become frustrated? Then you may have become far too tied to your curriculum and plans.
When things get tough, take a break and move on to something else. Kids often figure things out when the pressure is off. And always be willing to change your curriculum and your schedule if necessary.
Doing It Alone
Too many homeschooling moms try to do it alone. Pride often keeps us from asking for help even when we become overwhelmed with the task of homeschooling.
Don’t believe the lie that this is the way it is for homeschoolers. Find a support network: homeschool support groups, publications, seminars, conferences — all of these are terrific ways for homeschooling families to socialize with other children and adults.
( From : Bridgeway Academy )

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