When the child stays at home all day, and mommy is the teacher, there are certain issues of discipline at stake. It is easy for the child to misconstrue the freedom he has at home and feel that homeschooling is just a long summer holiday. This is a potential landmine and children need to be held to a standard from the first day of homeschool.
Homeschooling gives you and your child a truly immense amount of flexibility. The courses and curriculum you choose, how much to learn and when to learn must be made at the beginning stages. Any curriculum you follow should have some kind of grading, evaluation, and testing system.
If your child is too little to have a full day of academics, chart out a few hours of the day for the various activities, and stick to it. Apply your parental discretion and come up with a timetable.
Homework is also a part of homeschooling. What this means is that once lessons have been taught, the child should be asked to do some part of the course work by himself without your guidance. You will need to make sure that your child sits willingly and finishes his work.
Courtesy, manners and punctuality are some of the various facets of discipline that a child has to imbibe in the early years of his life. At homeschool, the child should be taught the
importance of speaking and behaving in a proper manner and
appropriate corrections need to be meted out if behavior is
It is advisable to keep aside a particular room or a part of the
room for your homeschool. The child should be expected to reach his desk at the appointed time, in proper attire with all the necessary supplies. It is easy to allow the school to become an extension of play if these ground rules are not laid out and
followed. As the teacher, supervisor, principal and janitor rolled
into one, you should also approach the study area with a cool
Homeschooling is doomed to fail without patience. In spite of all the precautions and steps one takes, it is easy for a child to get familiar at homeschool. At such times, it may be difficult to
discipline the child and get him to listen to you attentively.
When this happens, switch to something new. Allow the child to take a breather and enjoy a break yourself.
If you take steps to establish rules at the very beginning and adhere to these rules, your homeschooling experience can be very successful.