As a Christian homeschooling parent, how do you go about determining which method of teaching is best for your family, or what lessons you should be teaching, and at what speed? Now that you’ve made the decision to begin homeschooling your children, are you still doing things the way they were done in your child’s public school? In other words, are you “homeschooling”, or having “school at home”?
Many parents, when they begin to set up their Christian homeschool, end up doing things the way they were done in the child’s previous school, simply because that’s all they are familiar with. Now that’s fine, if that’s what you want to do. But for your children to really be equipped for life, you should really take advantage of the benefits of what homeschooling will permit you to accomplish. Basically what that means is that you, and no one else, gets to choose your objectives and goals for your Christian homeschool, and you get to set the pace in relation to your children’s specific needs.
One of the biggeset challenges that most homeschoolers discover is in making a schedule for their homeschool. Some parents use various homeschool software programs, others write their notes in notebooks or on sticky notes plastered everywhere. Some take things one day at a time, some plan for a week, month, or even a year in advance, and some simply don’t make any plans at all. Whatever will be, will be. There’s no right or wrong way to do it, and that’s the beauty of homeschooling. Each family, each child, each mom/teacher is different, and so you do what you are comfortable with.
However, when it comes to putting together your Christian homeschooling curriculum [http://www.christianhomeschool.myreviewsandtips.com/what-to-teach-in-your-christian-homeschool.html], it becomes much easier, and less stressful, when you make a yearly plan of school objectives and goals. Depending on the goals you have set for you school year, it will be much easier to determine what homeschooling curriculum you will need to help you accomplish those goals.
Since no one knows your child better than you do, it is important that the goals you set be based on his/her capabilities. As your children get older, you can get them more involved in the goal-making process. Asking questions about what they would like to learn, where would they like to go, what projects they would love to work on, etc. will help make your yearly curriculum selection process that much easier.