Is it ok to conduct partime homeschool if you kid attends reg. school also? However, the public school system is not the best. " & I can't afford to be a SHAM" in order to do just homeschool!
Helen - posted on 09/20/2013
I think that would be a very bad idea. Your child will be tired after a full day at school and you will be tired after work. Also, contrary to what many home schooling parents believe, it does help if the teacher has a degree and teaching qualifications!
However, there is a lot you can do to help your child at home.
. Talk to him/her as much as you can. Point out interesting things to notice and talk about while you are together and when out and about. Even a trip to the supermarket can be interesting if you make it so. Use interesting words to build vocabulary.
. Read good quality books as often as you can. Aim to spend half an hour on this every evening, no matter how tired you are. (I was a working mum too) Look for books with good language and topics you can talk about. Include books that help develop empathy.
. Listen to homework reading in the morning, if possible, when your child is not tired.
. At week ends, spend a little more time on reading and homework to help with any problems. Play board games together. These can introduce problem solving and money. Don't forget to encourage being a good loser and a good winner. Also, playing board games is great for building strong, healthy family relationships.
. During school holidays, do more still if you can. Work on spelling and number facts, if these are needed. Play more board games. Visit parks, museums, the library, zoo, petting farms and aquarium. Local newspapers will list what is going on near you.
. If you feel there are shortfalls in Maths or reading, address them during the summer break. In Maths, do not be tempted to start the next year's work but go over the previous year's work.
. If you feel your child needs extending, look for problem solving activities rather than just harder exercises. The Enrich E Maths series is fantastic.
As a teacher, I was aware of the importance of ensuring children get enough sleep, healthy food and drink rather than rubbish, a good routine in the morning so that there is no stress and a severe limit on tv and computer time. Encourage exercise.
You may not agree with all I have said, but I am a retired teacher, mother and grandmother and all the above has held good.
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