The pandemic has brought a change to the education system and most of the school going students are studying from home. They have online classes and they follow the structure and curriculum set by the school. Homeschooling is becoming a rage for younger children though.
The task is for those children who haven’t started school. Parents now need to homeschool those children. It is a big question mark for parents as to how to start homeschooling or how to homeschool children who haven’t been to school.
Homeschooling is not Online Education
What parents who want to know how to start homeschooling need to understand are that there is a difference between school curriculum and homeschooling.
For homeschooling, you follow your own schedule and customised it according to the strengths and weaknesses of your child.
Time and Cost Involved
Whenever we are considering how to homeschool in India, we first need to understand that there are certain costs that are involved. Costs for procuring the books, copies, stationery and other essentials needed. Without adequate equipment, the attention of the child might stray. So we’d need to buy
Amongst other things.
No fixed syllabus
There is no strict routine or syllabus to follow. You need to put in a little time to see what all your child can manage and decide on a syllabus accordingly. It’s all very flexible.
Steps Involved in Homeschooling in India
Outside India, homeschooling is quite common and has a lot of information available. In India, it is a relatively newer concept, somewhat forced due to pandemic, but it still is fun. There is so much we can do and explore with our kids.
- Find out your child’s learning style- the first rule in how to homeschool your kids is to find out how easily your kid understands. To teach the children shapes, you can ask them to make shapes in a sandpit, plant soils, use dough at home
If they are more visual learners, you can create stories with shapes and show them.
- You can use the power of the internet- search for stories, printable stories that require the child to colour, you can also find a lot of what to do online.
Follow your child’s ability and talent and not age. It is most important to understand homeschooling is not dependent on the age of a child. It should be on his learning ability.
- Incorporate a lot of liberal arts- Music, dance, sculpting with clay, DIY science experiments, DIY crafts. These all form a part of liberal arts and therefore are a manner in which they learn.
- Nature learning- Most of our studies are inspired by nature. Instead of teaching about nature from the books, let’s teach them through nature only.
Let’s teach about leaves and plants with them, about flowers through flowers etc.
Why do I emphasise so much on music and dance, read here