How To Help Your Children Reach Their Full Potential
One of the most important aspects of successful homeschooling, in my opinion, is supporting your child reach their full potential. This may mean complete academic achievement or supporting them in the areas they are especially able and talented.
Understanding the level that your children are at is important in achieving this. It gives you are starting point to work from. It will help you to identify each of their strengths and weaknesses and help you to create a plan to move forward.
Setting targets to work towards is a great way to help your children. It motivates them and gives them an aim. The targets should be achievable, or else they will become demotivated and feel a sense of failure. However, gifted children need to be challenged and the targets and work should be set bearing this in mind. One of the problems for gifted children in mainstream school is that they are not challenged enough in their work as they are working at the pace of others. Teachers find it hard to accommodate the differing needs of children with a wide range of abilities. In my experience, and that of other mothers who home school that I know, unchallenged gifted children can act out.
Another tip for helping your children to do the best that they can is to monitor their progress carefully. If you notice that they are not progressing as you would like or expect in some subjects then look at the reasons why. Think about the activities and methods you have used. Do these work? Is your child finding learning fun? If not, then it is possible that you need to think of some more creative ways for your child to learn.
Learning from the experiences of others can also help. Spend some time looking for different ideas and viewpoints about homeschooling on the Internet. Research different ways of doing things. If you know other parents who home school, having some informal chats with them is a great way to exchange ideas and experiences. Of course, what works for one family does not always work for another. I like Homeschool.com’s resources and community – its a great place for moms to meet, talk and share resources.
Finally, potential is about so much more than academic success and focusing on specific talents. Socializing is also an important part of a child’s development. One of the disadvantages of homeschooling is that you children do not mix with other children to the same extent as children in mainstream schools do. Therefore, it is important that you ensure your children have the opportunity to mix with other children, find hobbies they enjoy and get new experiences.