Well, you’ve done it, you decided to home school your child or children, to improve their education and safety. Now what do you do? The first thing to do is to contact your state agency that handles home schooling and determine their requirements for you to be validly home schooling your child. They will be specific about what you will need to do to get started in the home schooling and help your child meet his education goals.
So now you must find a way to calm yourself mentally. Go find yourself any healthy place: your back porch, a city park, the beach, etc. Distract yourself with something different, some gentle music and then, calm your self to be at peace. Do not worry about anything except what is happening right now. Ignore any attempts to remember yesterday, or to speculate on tomorrow. Simply realize where you are right now. Try to cause your brain to be still. Suddenly you will feel relaxed and peaceful. When you become aware of this feeling, memorize it! It is paramount that you remember this calm.
As a parent, you need to keep their minds focused on math. Occasionally, throw a pop quiz at them just to keep them on their toes. Most math books have the answers in the back of the book. Have your teen do a problem or two by working them out in front of you. You do not have to know how they did it, just that they got the same answer as the back of the book.
Flatworld Knowledge is a site where teachers can review, adopt, and make available free online books for students. Students can also choose to get a hard copy or audio version for a fee.
Math Computation – At a different time of the day work on computation skills. Computation is primarily a function of visual memory so I recommend 75% visual instruction. That is you do three problems for your child as he watches. You say only a few words to identify steps as you go along. Then your child does the fourth one. Repeat for the duration of the session of say, 10 minutes. You start with simple addition and work up to long division, fractions etc. If the child doesn’t remember a math fact, tell them so that the process of computation is learned without interruption. You work on the math facts during a separate time. You can get the computation problems from any R.S Aggarwal Quantitative Aptitude Book in Hindi, but if you just want to pay for the computation problems, get a book that has only those problems in it.
Mr. Smith tries to get to all of the students needing help while checking on the entire class. Some of them require a good deal of his time just to complete one problem. Smartly, he assigns some of his top students to work one-to-one with students who need help. This generates more noise in the classroom. What about the students who are done with the nine problems and are getting restless?
This one step made a huge difference. By reading the problems aloud, my son was forced to slow down and think about each step of the problem. If he started to make mistakes, she didn’t immediately correct him but would let him learn from those mistakes. When he started to understand concepts, she’d ask questions that got him to think through the math concepts and problems.
Just like everything else about homeschooling, your first day of school is an individual decision, whatever works best for your family. And don’t be afraid to make changes from year to year, either. That’s one of the great things about homeschooling!