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  • Planning To Shift To Homeschool? A Guide To The Homeschooling Materials You'll Need

    Here's a list of what you need to prepare — number one on that list is yourself!
    by R.M. Mauhay .
Planning To Shift To Homeschool? A Guide To The Homeschooling Materials You'll Need
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  • Families who choose to homeschool have been growing in the past years, more so now when COVID-19 continues to pose a threat. If you have been planning to transition your children to homeschooling, now is probably the best time — with most educational institutions holding classes online or making use of the modular method, you have a better idea of what to expect.

    Online classes might be easier for you to handle since teachers will still be the moderators for your children. On the other hand, the modular type requires more participation from you to help your child learn and keep up with their peers. Here’s a list of homeschooling materials, plus other things you’ll need to prepare for your child’s off-campus learning journey.

    How do I prepare myself for homeschooling?

    More than readying your child for this new experience, self-preparation is also key. While homeschooling offers many advantages, it also comes with its cons. The good thing is, you don't have to overcome them blindly. 

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    Create a routine and follow a schedule.

    Time constraint is one of the challenges that homeschooling parents experience. You need to be hands-on with your child's learning, but this is easier said than done when you also have work at home. 

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    Finding time for both is not easy, but you can start with creating a schedule for the whole day and religiously follow its 'what's' and 'when's'. You can find a homeschooling schedule that's not too overwhelming here.

    Stick to a budget.

    If you don’t think you can sacrifice time for work to homeschool your child, there is always the option to enroll them under a homeschool provider or hire a tutor in your stead. (Read here for a list of homeschool providers that can help you homeschool your child)

    That will be an extra you'll have to pay. Some won't mind the additional money spent as homeschooler providers can give you a personalized curriculum, dedicated advisers, training for parents, and scheduled study groups for the kids. But if you’re running tight on finances, you might want to consider going for the independent homeschooler route.

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    Enjoy each moment.

    Let's say you choose to be an independent homeschooler. It can get crazy with the time constraint and constantly being with your kids, but try to make every moment count and treat it as extended (and precious!) family time.

    What materials do you need for homeschooling?

    Aside from preparing yourself, you will also have to ready homeschooling materials essential to your child’s learning.

    Books and school supplies

    Most institutions transitioning from traditional to online or modular classes would have already provided a list of things that your child would need, which include, but are not limited to the following:

    • Books
    • Learning modules
    • Workbooks or worksheets
    • Pens and pencils
    • Paper (pad paper, bond paper, construction paper)
    • Notebooks
    • Colored pencils
    • Various art materials

    Internet connection

    Yes, you need a stable Internet connection to support homeschooling. You and your child will need it to research or take part in online courses as needed. 

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    Gadgets

    In most cases, a laptop or personal computer would be enough. You can also opt for a tablet or smartphone as an alternative.

    Consider also buying a printer. It's an asset when it comes to making projects, and you can also use it to download free homeschool resources available online.

    Accessories

    If space is tight, you can make use of your dining table for homeschooling. Moms also recommend trolleys, calling it a lifesaver because it can hold everything your child needs for school and will always be within reach.

    You can also invest in a study desk or have a dedicated study space. This helps create a positive atmosphere for learning. (Read here for more homeschooling room ideas for small spaces.)

    Other things you should consider:

    • File organizers to keep documents in order
    • External drives, cloud storage or other devices for back-up
    • Whiteboard to mimic a traditional style of learning (you can also post your schedule and reminders here!)
    • Shelves for additional storage

    For parents who are new to distance learning and homeschooling, the beginning will definitely be the hardest. It is something that requires discipline, patience, as well as a lot of effort and time. But if there is that willingness to help your child learn, you might just find your first homeschool experience a success.

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    How to become your child's tutor without losing your patience? Click here for tips.

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