If you are considering teaching your child at home, you might find yourself questioning your capabilities as an Educator. Parents often say, “Teach my child at home? I wish I could, but I am not professional teacher.” The truth is that, as a parent, you are the best teacher your child could have. No one knows your children better than you. No one knows their strengths and weaknesses as well as you do. No one has seen their successes and failures, their ups and downs their joys and despair, as you have.
You already been and continue to be your child’s teacher and mentor. You are the one who cared for your child as a baby, and you are the one who taught your baby to walk, to talk, to eat the right foods, to cross a street safely, to treat others kindly, and much more. Those first few years of your child’s life are some of the most precious years for their life. And through it all, you were your child’ coach and teacher, and you did it well.
You will be pleased to know that the key to a sound education for teaching children at home doesn’t rely on the formal educational background of the parent or on the parent being a state-certified teacher. Rather, it relies on the parent’s natural ability to nurture and raise their children and to instill a love of learning with them.
Current Research has shown that below 9 abilities are the keys to a sound education at home;
- Learn together and seek answers together.
- Learn through hands-on approaches.
- Interact one-on-one with each child.
- Design a curriculum best suited to each child’s learning style.
- Take advantage of learning opportunities whenever they arise.
- Pinpoint a child’s weaknesses and work to help improve those areas.
- Exhibit patience and good humor.
- Share deep love and close bonds with each child.
- Share moral beliefs and values with each child.
Most of these points just come naturally to parents and it is actually harder to have those qualities in traditional schools or educational institutions because teachers aren’t always awarded the luxury of having only two, four, or six children in their classrooms. Eventually,, they can’t always provide individualized instruction one-on-one with each child or design different curriculum to best suit each child in the class. However, you can do it at home.
So do not be afraid of making mistakes and take the first baby steps. Your child will love you to be his/her teacher, lifelong mentor. And, most importantly, they would love to have good time with you and share cherishing moment with you.