Peace and blessings,
I pray that you and your family are having a great week so far. We are getting a lot of rain here in Houston. Too much rain, actually.
On my last post, I ran a Q & A contest and received lots of great questions. Since many parents have the same questions in mind, I am going to share some of the best questions and answers as posts. Please let me know if you have any more questions along the way. I may have answers!
Question from Alisha:
Hi there! This fall will be my first year homeschooling my boys (entering 1st and kindergarten). Any tips on how to teach to their levels of understanding without moving too fast for one but not too slow for the other? (I’m not sure if that answers the question in itself) Thanks in advance!
Thank you for your question. The first step to homeschooling with children of any age is to research your state’s legal requirements. You can visit HSLDA for this information.
Next, look into local support groups and activities for your children. Here in Houston, for example, we have an African-centered homeschooling collective that meets daily and lots of city-wide weekly activities. For instance, the Houston arboretum offers a science class for homeschool students that I have enrolled my son in, in the past. The local museums also offer classes and workshops for homeschool students here.
Thirdly, reflect on your children’s learning styles. It may be of benefit to you to research student-centered learning. Since your children are no longer in public school, the approach does not have to be based on what works for everyone. You can teach your children based on specifically what works well for them.
Next, choose a curriculum or system. Kamali Academy offers an African centered curriculum scope and sequence. Here is a list of free curriculum that you can review as well: http://howtohomeschoolforfree.com/full-online-homeschool-curriculum/
You can also use some of this and some of that like when you are preparing a special stew. We use a combination of resources, based on what is best for my son.
Lastly, enjoy the process. Be forgiving of yourself. Be gentle. Be forgiving of your children. They are taking a new journey. Talk to experienced parents for support. Have fun – lots of fun. With children of those ages, you really do not need to cover academic subjects more than 3 or so hours each day. Outside of that, play outdoors, paint, sing, dance, make crafts, watch education videos, go on field trips, explore nature, watch the stars, converse, prepare food together, give hugs, watch movies, discuss, and just have a blast.
Love and Light,