Breaking the Mold of Homeschool Hesitance (Part 2)Brooks
In the previous post, we looked briefly over the basis of homeschool hesitance. Unsurprisingly, the problem breaks down to adults taking issue with, shall we call it, the educational unknown. In case you don’t recall, the three categories of homeschool skepticism were broken down like this: aversion to change, difficulty, and social stigma.
Our goal here is to provide valuable advice to make your homeschool program shine with excellence, smashing stigma all the while. It’s a terrible thing to avoid a version of the education process because it follows the road less traveled. Here are some ways to travel that road confidently in the face the unknown and all the attached uncertainty.
Make well informed choices
When we develop homeschool Spanish curriculum for children, we’re tapping into the pedagogical and subject matter expertise of a team of professionals. Teams like ours, your local school district, fellow homeschooling families, and private tutors are there to help you sharpen your tools. When your child’s academic development is at stake, decisions must not be made hastily. Garner the wisdom and practice of people more experienced than you. And never forget to heed the voice of your child.
Utilize support systems
Homeschooling is hard, we’ll never sugarcoat that. It’s harder if you insist on doing it all by yourself. Homeschool Spanish curriculum for children is but one curricular adventure among several other subjects. It’s impossible to be subject matter expert at everything and implement instruction on top of that. Support systems are there for you when you have an off day because as sure as you’re teaching, there will be off days aplenty. Don’t think that because you’re homeschooling you don’t need support.
Don’t go it alone
In education, the idea of “it takes a village” is especially resonant. In homeschooling, it’s even more apparent. Too many times there’s a feeling of the homeschool community and traditional school community being separate. Nothing is further from the truth. The education community flourishes on collaboration and shared development of resources; difficulty is only magnified in isolation. Our homeschool Spanish curriculum for children abides by natural language learning through their first 8 years of life, predominantly as a social practice through Spanish storybook sets. The same is conceptually true of teachers, regardless of classroom type, so don’t isolate yourself. You’ll learn more about teaching as a social practice with other teachers, thereby strengthening your educational core.
Thematically, the most important part of developing a homeschool program that celebrates academic excellence, healthy adolescent growth, and stigma squashing is that the world of education cannot be whole when there are sides. A unified network of educators with the same goal for young learners is an unstoppable force for good regardless of private, public, or homeschooling.