Your Homeschooling Needs – Where do you go?

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Homeschooling is quickly becoming a trend as a result of the disappointing public school system and parents feeling their children deserve more attention. Parents are having fun with the interaction they are having with their child through homeschooling. Some parents are still having second thoughts regarding homeschooling though, their main concern is finding enough good quality resources to use for homeschooling. This article will help you find resources from different places.

The first step is a ride to your nearest bookstore. Armed with a list of possible books to buy from a curriculum of a school, you can buy the books at any convenient mall. This will save you a lot of time searching and give you flexibility with regard to your child’s studies as bookstores have more choices, and references for your child to use. The teaching materials will be available in a variety of price levels making it possible for every family to begin homeschooling.

The simplest place to look for resources is by going to a public library. Public libraries have books and references for you and your child to take home and use. To assist you in choosing resources libraries have different instructional materials such as videos (like those from National Geographic) and cassette tapes (like tapes that will help you learn another language). These instructional materials not only help with the books in teaching, they also help ease the boredom and the monotony of books given out to children.

Libraries also offer a variety of computer software programs that can help your child’s learning and will help him or her in understanding different computer technologies and how they work. Often computer software is easy and fun to use, therefore attracting a lot of young people to use it.

Libraries also conduct book discussions. Book discussions not only train your child to read but also to think and criticize every thing that he/she reads. This will not only develop reading comprehension, it will also help your child in critical thinking.

Another place to look at is at the house of another parent who decided to homeschool their children. You might find it interesting that they are willing to share both their experiences and their used materials (books, references and other activity materials). You could save a lot of money and at the same time learn from these people who have already experienced the joys and the pains of homeschooling a child.

Of course, with all the technology available on the internet, you should not be really surprised that you can find websites offering help in your child’s studies. Some of them can be easily found when searching at Google and some of them can be given to you by other people who are also homeschooling their child. One of the best sites online for homeschooling is homeschool-my-kids.com.

Another great resource is Hooked on Phonics. They offer hundreds of products to give your child the edge they need to get ahead of the public school system. To see the fabulous variety of resources available visit for HookedonPhonics.com

The most neglected place and probably one of the most inspirational next only to a library, is the museum. A trip to a museum will not just help your child appreciate art and history it will allow your child to learn from observing and listening to the history of all the museum displays. The best way to do this the first time is by joining a group museum tour where there will be an instructor to guide and give you bits of information that will help your child. After the first visit you will be familiar with your local museum and be able to take your child any time you like.

The last place, but definitely not the least in this list, is inside your home. Search your cupboard and teach your child some simple baking lessons. This will not only help your relationship with your child but it will also promote your child to learn patience and of course will teach your child how to bake. Take your child shopping with your and work out real life math problems, how much will apples cost at a certain price and weight? If you only have $5.00 how many loaves of bread can you buy priced at $1.50 per loaf?

Do outdoor activities such as planting seeds. This will help your child be interested in plant life, and if coupled with other activities (such as mathematics), this has a potential to be both fun and instructional. You basically just have to find out where your child’s attention is focused. Upon learning this, you can try to join your child’s playtime and turn it into something educational.

If you need more assistance in obtaining resources, there are some great site online. One of the best web sites for homeschooling books, programs, checklists and advice is homeschool-my-kids.com.

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