Homeschooling is one of those things where, if you advocate it, you tend to do so quite strongly. That’s because those who believe in it know full well that it has many incredible advantages over the traditional schooling method, and that there is so much that commends it. Indeed, it is not something that you can easily dismiss without first looking into it in some detail – and when you do delve into it, it soon becomes clear that it has so many ardent followers for an excellent reason. However, when you get around to trying to make it a part of your life, you will certainly and undoubtedly run into a few issues which need addressing. Primary amongst these is that of readying the home itself – never mind the children.
The Ideal Space
You will need to think a little about the space you are going to use for homeschooling, although that does not mean that it is something you have to worry about extensively. In fact, if you have a small home, that certainly does not preclude you from homeschooling your kids, and you should never feel as though that is the case. Rather, any home can be a homeschool, given the right approach and attitude. But it is going to be necessary to find the best space you can in your home, and for many people that means somewhere like a basement. You’ll need to prepare it as best as you can, using Tsurumi pumps to clean it out and dry it, and setting up lighting and desks and so on. But as long as you feel you can do that, this is bound to be the ideal space to work in with your children.
Although there are many theories of how to design a homeschool classroom, one which is particularly interesting is that of employing different stations around the room for different purposes. A glance at this blog shows the idea quite well: there is a ‘jumping station’, which allows children to move around for a while and so release all that jumped-up energy (particularly important for young boys), a reading station, a teacher’s station, and others besides. Working with stations in this way might help your children to appreciate the school routine a little better, and it will lead to a more professional room on the whole.
Of course, it’s not just a matter of what you do with the classroom itself. You are also going to need to work out a schedule for the teaching itself, which is both one of the most important parts of the whole operation and one that is going to often cause a lot of difficulties and headaches. For that reason, it is important to look into this early on, and perhaps to look at how other people approach it, so that you can be as prepared as possible.
By paying careful attention to these issues, there is no reason you won’t be able to set up the perfect homeschool, and so enjoy teaching your kids all the more.