Homeschooling is easier than you think. You can custom tailor teaching and curriculum to your specific children, their learning styles, and their needs. Homeschooling takes far less time than traditional classroom teaching because the many time-consuming management parts of the classroom are eliminated, as well as the need to move at the speed of the large group average. If your child needs more time, you can allow it. If your child is speeding ahead; you can move at their pace of learning. Children have more time for learning life skills at home, as well as more time for extracurricular learning such as sports and music.
Often, home educators have multiple children, and the distraction of preschoolers and babies. Success with multi-grade teaching is greatly enhanced by planning ahead, having your curriculum chosen and materials ready, along with activities to keep little ones happy and busy. When your school age children partake in household chores, care for other children, and learn to manage their lives as they mature, they will not only be more ready for adulthood, but will also contribute to the success of your family school. Life skills is an important part of their education.
Many home educators teach social studies and science content to all children in a multi-grade fashion. Only math and language arts needs to be taught with grade level progression. Many homeschoolers teach four days per week with the fifth day for household catchup, visiting friends, support group field trips etc. It takes the stress off the parent/teacher to have planned discretionary time.
You are not alone in your homeschooling. Many homeschool communities are available through social media or local support groups. These communities are great resources for parents to gain skills, hear new opinions, get new ideas and help with troubleshooting.
Remember that every homeschool is as unique as every family. There is no right way to homeschool.
For expert advice, there is no better site for Canadians than Homeschool Today.
For realistic, day to day help, visit Lisa-Marie at The Canadian Homeschooler.