One of the often overlooked area of planning and discussion when preparing to begin your homeschooling venture is how are you going to supply and fund your homeschool materials, and where are you going to locate your homeschool supplies, and how will you keep it organized?Since many homeschooling parents live on one primary source of income due to the immutable fact that the other parent is a full time teacher, being penny wise and cost efficient is a must. However, with a little creativity and some practice you can put together a very effective homeschool resource and materials depot in your home.The first decision is where to locate your homeschool materials area. If you have an extra bedroom or den in your house that you can do this, you are one of the fortunate ones. However you decide to get this done the idea is to have all of your homeschool materials and resources organized into one central spot. Not only does this make your homeschooling day more efficient and less stressful, but you will also find that this central organizational approach will be much more cost efficient as you will be to easily determine what homeschool materials you have on hand and what you need to purchase as they get low.Without good organization of your homeschool resources you will find yourself purchasing duplicates and unneeded materials that will only drive up your costs. And remember the goal here is to keep your purchasing costs to a minimum!Public libraries are a great source for books but they aren’t always accessible. Buying new books can rapidly drain the budget. There are many resources available for homeschooling materials. Many homeschool groups have book fairs and other organizational event that are a great place to pick up slightly used books and materials.Don’t forget to mention to your family and friends that high on your list of needs are homeschool materials and resources. You’ll be surprised how many of your friends will donate materials that they had purchased for their kids when they were younger, and there is always your birthday and other holidays that you can put homeschool supplies on your wish list!Don’t rule any source for you out! Be creative, and be frugal and you can put together a homeschool material and resource center that will benefit everyone.
Homeschooling is the education of through the non-traditional system of education found in mainstream public and private school. In homeschooling, a child is being taught the same subject matters as those students going to traditional, mainstream, public or private schools. Although homeschooling does not have the strict structure found in mainstream education, when done properly, homeschooling a child can, nonetheless, develop him or her into a well-rounded person based on the more natural and nurturing atmosphere that the home is.Parents who are not very familiar with homeschooling are often concerned about the kind of learning experience in homeschooling their children. They worry that they will not be able to give their children the adequate academic education needed for college. On the contrary, homeschooled children fare better when they reach college. Universities welcome the diversity of experiences offered by their homeschooled students who are academically-sound as well as actively enthusiastic in in-campus extra-curricular activities. When it comes to the academic course requirements of homeschooled children, homeschooling parents need not worry. The homeschooling kits from K to 12th grade are available in local bookstores, and even online. Furthermore, there are many free online curriculum for homeschooled children.Social development is also one concern of parents who are contemplating on homeschooling their children. They fear that homeschooled children do not get enough interaction from their peers and from the outside community. What these parents don’t know is that homeschooled children and homeschooling parents can join a homeschooling support group. Here, relevant learning experiences such as going to theme parks, a trip to the zoo, a tour in the museum or library can be done together with other homeschooled children, thus, providing a more natural environment or scenario for children to both learn and interact with their peers and form social bonds in a highly-educational context. Community services with other homeschooled children in the area will also expose and immerse the child in the real-life situation of the community, allowing them a better and healthy view of what they can do as individuals and as a group, to help society.Homeschooling is not for the faint-hearted parent as it requires much dedication. Homeschooling requires much time, patience and creativity from the parent. For working parents, homeschooling might be harder than one thinks. However, if you hear about the violence in public schools, gangs, the ratio of teacher to students and the inability of your children to absorb as much as they can due to distractions, homeschooling is definitely the only other option for parents who want nothing but the best for their kids.