If you are a homeschooling parent then you probably know how expensive it can be to buy books for each of your children. So how can you ensure that your child is learning? First you have to start to think outside the box. This means creating your own type of textbooks for each subject. You may already be thinking that this sounds like a lot of work, but it’s not as complicated as you may think. Below are five suggestions to help you get started. Review them and don’t be afraid to insert a few of your own creative ideas.
1. Local public school curriculum
Start by taking a look at the current curriculum being used in your state. This information can easily be found online, by doing a basic search. Once you have found the information break it down by subject. For example you can look at the math curriculum and write down the main topics covered for your child’s particular grade level. Do this for each subject. You now know what your child needs to know by the end of the school year.
2. Research for each subject needed
Once you have all of the information on what needs to be covered you can start researching each topic. For example if you are going to be covering 2nd grade addition and subtraction, this is exactly what you will want to type into the Google search. You will then see a long list of resources to help you teach this lesson to your children. Print out the lesson plans and worksheets that go along with the lessons being learned. This can be done for every subject.
3. Use a binder for the printouts
Obviously since you will be printing out a lot of information you will want to have a binder to hold all of your papers. It will probably be a good idea to use page dividers to separate each subject. This will make it easier for you to find the lessons when needed. If you are worried about using a lot of paper don’t be. Just use double sided printing. The amount of money spent on paper will still be cheaper than the cost of the textbooks.
4. Make good use of You Tube
If you are not a fan of You Tube you may be after you see how useful it can be for teaching. Do a basic search of You Tube to try and find the current lesson you are teaching. For example if you are teaching about fractions for 3rd grade, this is exactly what you will want to look up. Look carefully through the videos until you find a teacher that uses a method you are comfortable with. Be sure to do this before you start teaching the lesson to your child.
5. Use the lap book method
The lap book method is used in much the same way as the method mentioned above. Except instead of printing and hole punching the papers, you will use file folders, and printouts which can be cut and glued to the folder. This method allows you to gather a variety of information into one book. This book can be saved and referred back to when needed. For more information on the lap book method you can once again do a basic Google search.