Homeschooling – The Best Way Forward

Still thinking or confused to get started or have you decided to get started with your child’s homeschooling, please email us at info@EkamKids.com or simply fill our contact form – click here. Your child’s education is important.

In India, 320 million students have been affected by COVID-19 school closures, and though the government quickly recommended shifting to “online teaching” there has been a lot of saying regarding whether to go completely online or what is the way forward. Whatever the way it is incorrect and wrong if we waste the whole year and let the child be without education. We will only repent as rightly pointed out by the early childhood education experts that “We are guilty of many errors and many faults, but our worse crime is abandoning the children, neglecting the fountain of life. Many of the things we need can wait. The child cannot. Right now is the time his/her bones have been formed, his/her blood is being made, and his/her senses are being developed. To him/ her we cannot answer ‘Tomorrow’, his/her name is today”, said Gabriela Mistral – the Chilean poet-diplomat, educator, and feminist. This quote perfectly surmises the need of the hour in terms of early childhood education and hence we should make an attempt to find a solution and bring clarity on the raging confusion today, among parents, schools, and policymakers, regarding lockdown and post-COVID planning for our young children and about the necessity of ensuring that young children stay connected to their preschools and to the education even if remotely.

Homeschooling can be one way forward. Parents who want to homeschool their children but still have some reservations about it should take time to consider the positive and negative aspects of homeschooling. The following information will help parents know what to expect when they homeschool their children. We have tried to detail some helpful points to remember while homeschooling. It will enable you to make a better-informed decision if you’re still uncommitted to homeschooling, and it will help you determine what negative aspects of homeschooling you will need to deal with and get over it. There are also certain remedies narrated along with the negative aspects that may give you some idea to deal with them.

Helpful points to remember while homeschooling:
Take help from the educational institution to determine the curriculum and the child’s schooling schedule. Parents don’t need an educational degree but need to be patient.
Demonstrate to the child that education is fun.
Create strong bonds with the child.
Adapt teaching methods best suiting how the child learns.
Create a flexible schedule that best fits your family needs.
Provide religious and ethical instruction for the children – Prayers are very important.
Shelter children from any kind of violence or bad habits.
Spend extra time helping the children develop any special talents they possess, including musical, athletic, etc.
Discuss controversial topics at the child’s discretion.
Enjoy spending more time with children.
Assist children during adolescence and other trying times.
Take turns between spouses or other family members and have a proper plan while homeschooling the children.

Homeschooling parents are required to:
Be around their children all day long. This can be difficult when children become restless and misbehave – At such times, best is to ignore their tantrums and let them settle down as the more attention you pay they will behave the same more frequently as mostly they are looking for your attention.
Frequently explain their reasons for homeschooling their children to friends and relatives unsympathetic or confused about their decision – It’s best to take advantage of the situation rather than sound pitiful about it.
Restrain anger and remain patient when children struggle with learning – Patience is the key when it comes to education.
Effectively handle the difficulties of moving at a slower pace than the school instruction – It does not matter if the child is lagging behind, but make it a point to discuss with the educational institution and try to find out techniques to get over it.
If the school supports by providing the books and learning material don’t spend large amounts of money on it by buying them as learning aids need to be age-appropriate.
Constantly adapt to be effective teachers – Try to go through any online courses, we have a free course at Ekam which is a 2 hours+ video and you could enroll to get the access.
Constantly motivate the children.
Speak with the school to get ideas about solving difficult problems if you’re unsure about the best course of action.

According to Holt, author of the best-selling book ‘Teach Your Own,’ the most important thing parents need to homeschool their children is “to like them, enjoy their company, their physical presence, their energy, foolishness, and passion. They have to enjoy all their talk and questions, and enjoy equally trying to answer those questions.” For the majority of parents who homeschool, the only prerequisite is the desire to do so, along with a dedication to the educational process.

What to expect from Ekam Homeschooling Program?
We at Ekam envision a homeschooling program where every child feels truly connected to their education. This is the learning program we wish we had as a child. It takes a big heart to help shape little minds. Ekam learning is to make a difference – Encouraging, Exciting, and Enriching! We try our best to make homeschooling a good experience.
At Ekam, we have come up with the best homeschooling program for the younger citizens. We will provide
The books and learning materials with a weekly plan.
Weekly worksheets.
Weekly Montessori skill development activities.
Weekly locotmotor skill development activities.

If you are interested to get started with your child’s homeschooling please email us at info@EkamKids.com or simply fill our contact form – click here.

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