Monday, October 10, 2011

Three Online Resources to Support Homeschooling Parents

So, you decided to home school your child. It may be because you dislike the environment of the schools available or you decide to home school owing to religious/moral reasons.

Homeschooling entails a big responsibility and commitment - and you as a parent and homeschooling teacher needs to ensure that your child learns effectively at home.

Whatever the reason, your success as a homeschooling parent will depend not only in finding a curriculum that best fits your child but also on other resources that will support your child's learning process.

Here are some support options available online for homeschooling parents:

1. Homeschooling Groups

There are a plethora of homeschooling groups online. Many of these groups have meet-ups and educational 'field trips' together.

There are also homeschooling co-ops. Homeschooling co-ops are similar to school because they are centered around classes and subjects. And, many of them run like a school where a child goes from class to class.

Some join homeschooling groups or co-ops to add a socialization element to their child's education while other's join them to diversify the subjects the child is learning.

2. Online tutoring

Online tutoring can enhance your child's home schooling.

This is because children may not always respond positively to their parents while learning. This is what a trained online tutor provides - extra coaching to revive your child's interest on their academic studies. A child may respond more positively to a different teacher with a different teaching style.

There are many types of online tutoring. Some parents use it for one-on-one tutoring. This allows the child to focus on subjects or concepts you are not as well versed in. This would also encourage him to ask questions to the tutor ensuring that your child is receiving a well rounded education.

Many online tutors produce progress reports and updates for parents. This enables the parent/teacher to tailor their lesson plans.

An online tutor can also help your child in developing good study habits. Companies which offer high quality tutorial services usually employ effective learning methods like mind mapping and visual learning.

3. Social Networking

Today, when a homeschooling parent comes across a problem or questions he or she can simply post it on various social networking sites to receive answers quickly. For example, the parent can post the question on Twitter or via Facebook by updating their status. They can get answers back instantly from other homeschooling parents.

Let these tools help you as meet the challenges and success that comes with homeschooling. Happy trails on your homeschooling journey!

Prime is a content management strategist for Ahead Interactive (, leading provider of live, video-powered online tutorials. She writes articles on productivity and stress management to help busy working women cope with overwhelm.

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