When looking for a homeschool program that is right for your family you will discover that there are dozens to choose from. Many parents that have been homeschooling for many years will choose the ones that they like best from each program. For example if they like the math program from one publisher but the English from another you can mix and match to create the right program for you and your children. There are a few guidelines that you need to consider when choosing your homeschool program. For me it is about does it fit in our way of life. Is the material teaching good things or not.
Identify your child’s learning style each child learn differently and if you are homeschooling more than one child they will all learn differently than the other. Is your child one that can learn from reading out of a book, by listening to the lesson taught by you reading or on a DVD or is your child more hands on and learns by doing? When choosing a homeschool program this is the first thing you need to decide.
What is your teaching style? The next step is to decide which way you like to teach. Are you a more hands on teacher and like to be by your child’s side at all times teaching or are you a parent that likes to get things started and allow the child to work on their own. Your teaching style is as important as your child’s learning style when you are trying to decide on which homeschool program to use. If you and the child are not happy then homeschooling will not be a happy experience. Also if you find a program you do not like you can always choose to pick another one next year.
Create a budget unless you are going with one of the free online schools then you will need a budget. If you are one a single income where you have to make a budget then you need to make a place in your budget for your home school materials. They can be expensive if you want your child to learn a lot of different things. Be careful there are a lot of homeschool parents that overspend on things they don’t need. When you first start out everything will look good and you will say well that will be good to learn but remember your child will be in homeschool for 13 years and that is plenty of time to get it all in. You do not have to overwork your child with things you want them to know.
Choose your program Now that you know your child’s learning style, your teaching style, and you have added homeschool into your budget it is time to choose your program. This is not an easy task because there are so many. Remember that you may not choose the right one first because there are so many but by knowing what you are looking for gives you a better chance of getting it right the first time and making homeschool a positive experience for your whole family. May Allaah make this journey easy for you and accept your sacrifices. Ameen