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Raise geniuses -- or just make sure your kids don't fail out of school -- with the advice in this Howcast video series.
You Will Need
- Familiarity with options available
- Consideration of your child's needs
Understand your options
Know your options, which include the traditional method used in public schools; a classical approach that emphasizes language and art; Unit Studies, which organizes lessons around a common topic; literature-based learning, which instructs through fiction and nonfiction; and "unschooling," which lets the child lead the curriculum.
Consider your child's personality
Consider your child's personality, interests, and skills when picking a curriculum.
Think about your own abilities
Think about your own abilities. If you don't have the time or desire to work out a detailed teaching plan, pick a packaged curriculum that tells exactly what you should accomplish on a day-to-day basis, and includes the materials you need.
Take your budget into account
Take your budget into account when deciding on a curriculum, because some involve more – and more expensive – teaching materials than others.
Consider a computer program
Consider using computer homeschooling software, which takes all the guesswork out for you, and may be ideal for the tech-loving, self-starting child.
Decide if you need an accredited program
Decide if you need an accredited program to fit national education standards. Some colleges do not accept homeschooled students unless the curriculum they have completed is approved by an outside agency.