A nurturing and positive learning environment is very important irrespective of where the education of the child takes place. Here are a few practical tips that can help homeschoolers offer an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.
Set a specific area for classes
While some children like to study in silence other like it when others are within their close vicinity. While some families have big houses that offer space for dedicated learning, others integrate their study area in the common living room of their house. No matter the size of the space, make sure the rooms are well lit, clean, orderly and distraction free.
Have a positive attitude within the house
Attitudes and moods can be infectious, so it is important that you keep any negativity aside – whether it is tension, anger or impatience – before entering the home classroom. Little children are expectedly perceptive and can pick up on attitudes easily.
Establish daily goals that are practical and realistic
It is very easy to fall into the habit of nagging with your children about finishing work. To avoid nagging, you must begin by creating a sensible schedule that the child can follow every day. Establish three to five practical, positive, and realistic goals for the children, and make sure that you communicate them properly. For instance, you can tell them to finish their math worksheet in an hour or read two lessons before the end of the day. By doing this, you will help your child work towards realizing goals and guiding the little one as he/she sets daily goals.
There are going to be times when your child will be able to go through lessons easily. This will help you identify the student’s successes. Unavoidably, however, there are going to be days when the child struggles and it is during these times that you will have to help them with encouraging words.
As a substitute to celebrating end results (such as winning, good grades etc.), you should give genuine praise for the child’s effort (For instance, “You were having a hard time with that topic but you worked hard and now you’ve understood it so well”). Rather than offering general compliments (“You are amazing”), we must offer particular praise (e.g., “You have done such a great job with cleaning your room.”)
With just a little effort you can create a beautiful learning enviroment for your homeschooling children. Also, make sure you consult with other homeschooling parents to find out what they do to make homeschooling even more fun.