When you are homeschooling your children, maintaining discipline becomes ever more important. Since a child goes not need to go to a public school and stays home all the time, he/she may mistake the freedom he/she gets and feel that homeschooling is like having summer holiday all year long.
Homeschooling provides a deal of flexibility and sometimes this can be a double edge sword. Managing the time you have for homeschooling your kid can be a major problem and needs to be disciplined right from the start.
There’s a saying where more freedom means more responsibilities. That certainly is true for homeschooling. Homeschooling provides you and your kids a great deal of freedom and flexibility in deciding where to learn, how to learn and when to learn.
The decisions you make should be from the beginning. If your kids are older, get them involved in the decision process and plan out each day’s homeschooling routine at least one month in advance. Getting your kid’s involvement let him/her know what’s he/she going to learn in advance. More important, it teaches kids the importance of planning.
From experience, homeschooling can get easily sidetracked at home due to many distractions, therefore a time-table that you rigorously follow is of utmost important.
Another part of homeschooling is homework. Once lessons are taught to the child, he/she should be allowed to do homework without your assistance. Also, set a dateline for completion to educate him/her about punctuality.
There are also other aspects of discipline such as the child’s manners,courtesy and character developement. It is best to educate your child about such things right from the beginning and continue through his/her homeschooling education.
It takes time to educate your child regarding these virtues.
I always advise parents considering homeschooling to set aside a room for lessons and homework. Conduct all your homeschooling in that room. Through time, the child knows that room is meant for studying and not a playground.
In spite of all the steps and precautions you take, there will be times when your child may be difficult to discipline and get him/her to listen to you. When this happens, think out of the box. Try something new or different. Take a break once in a while to take a breather.
Homeschooling is not easy and is destined for failure if you do not have the patience and time. It requires a lot of hard work and planning.
By establishing ground rules from the beginning for your child and strictly adhering to these rules, the chances of a great homeschooling experience are better.