Homeschooling isn't for everyone, but you absolutely don't have to fear homeschooling as an option. You Can Do it! The real question you need to answer is, what exactly is best for you and your family? Or maybe the question is, what method of learning is most effective in helping my children in the areas they are weakest? Identifying what works and what doesn't is critical in helping your children and that's really what we want to do as parents and teachers.
Just like everything in life, there are disadvantages and advantages to homeschooling. Some of the biggest hurdles you may face are probably not what you would expect. You might find yourself defending your decision to friends and family, which is always fun, right? You will also find entirely new levels of dedication and patients when teaching your children. On the plus side you are given the opportunity to spend a lot of quality time with your kids while choosing subject matter that you can dedicate personal attention to. You can teach much more effectively when you have that personal one on one interaction with your kids. These are just a couple things you should consider before you make the decision to homeschool. Homeschooling is hard work, but it can be very rewarding.
If you have made up your mind and have decided to homeschool then it's time to dedicate yourself to making it a success. You don't need a college degree to homeschool even when math is the topic, but you do need to be motivated and have access to the right curriculum. To find the right math curriculum you will certainly want to review sources for homeschool curriculum and set goals that you would like to achieve. After all how are you going to teach your kids if you don't even know where you're going?
I'd like to reiterate, choosing the right curriculum is critical. There are several factors that you should consider, but the single most important is to identify your child’s learning style. A child’s learning style determines how he or she best receives and processes information. Some children learn best by listening or talking, others by seeing, and others by doing. Many parents, like myself, are teaching multiple children who each have different learning styles. I know what you're thinking, and no you don't need to buy different curriculum for each child, you just need to look for a program that best fits your family and present it in the way that suits each child.
Often times when we think of math education we automatically think of text books and problem solving sheets. Teaching math in the home environment does not have to look anything like education in a traditional classroom setting. There are many different ways to teach and just as many different math curriculums available. Go online and do a search for "math curriculum" or "math curriculum for homeschooling". MathTacular, Sonlight, Horizons and Saxon are all internationally renown math education programs for homeschooling.
Many of these programs have fun and engaging videos for your kids to interact with while learning. They can watch lovable characters unlock the "mystery" of EVERY math concept, where apples teach fractions, cars serve as rulers, and a bear hunter shares his snacks! You can even work in time for friends. The best part is you and your kids can have fun learning math.
By checking into some of these online sources you can arm yourself with a complete list of math concepts from every Math program kindergarten through high-school using any combination of accredited programs such as Horizons, Saxon, and Singapore math. You might also find an assortment of math manipulatives ranging from blocks and clocks, to marbles and cars very helpful in demonstrating real-world math scenarios. Feel confident in the fact that you can help your kids learn about everything from addition, subtraction, place value and estimating, to ordinal numbers, mass, area, fractions, money and more.
Many of these online resources have extremely useful tools, forums, books and groups that can help you prepare for homeschooling. You have the resources and the ability, now it's time to do a little research and get prepared.