When it comes to how your child is educated, that is something which should ultimately be decided be you, the parent, who knows the interests of your child better than anyone else. Many children perform much better when being put into a formal education, while other children perform much better when they are being home schooled. Regardless of the technique that you decide to employ in order to teach your child, just remember, to always put their interests ahead of your own in order to ensure that they are given the best start in life.
What many parents feel to realise is that home schooling or putting your child through the education system is not something which has to be such a clear cut choice. In fact, being able to decide on which is the best is not a choice that always has to be made many parents decide to allow their children to get the best of both worlds. For example, it would be possible to have your child attend school as normal, yet for you to teach them at home as something which is extra-curricular and done as a means of enhancing their education to ensure they ultimately are taught more than they otherwise would. Despite that, many parents decide to go for one or the other. This is understandable, and also something which is ultimately up to the parents of the child to decide.
For those that have decided to home school their child, they can fit into one of three categories. Those that are educating their child before they go off to school; those that are education their child to supplement their school education; and those that are exclusively home schooling their child. Regardless of what category you fit into, the same rules can be applied in order to ensure you get the most out of the time you invest into teaching your child.
Firm, But Fair
When it comes to teaching your child, it is important that they are subjected to the same controls that are put on them in the classroom. Although it may be tempting to allow your child to benefit from the flexibility home schooling offers, it is important they are able to make markable progress on a daily basis. This means, that although you can be flexible in terms of the hours that your child works and also how quickly you move along with the curriculum and the areas you concentrate on, you do not want to leave your child disadvantaged compared to others their age by failing to take account of the progress that they would have otherwise made in a formal education.
When you are reading with your child as part of home schooling, it is important they are able to distinguish this from what happens when you are reading with your child as a parent. This means that you can use reading as a way of ensuring that your child is able to appreciate your role as both a parent and as a teacher. When you are working on your child’s reading in a formal teaching environment you can put more emphasis on improving their ability, however when reading with them for fun be far less forceful and only help them when they ask.