Homeschooling & its challenges

While homeschooling has a lot of benefits, every home school family is going to face challenges along the way. Homeschooling in Dubai is getting very popular and for this purpose our American International school Dubai, offer free support and advice. Education Counselors are available by phone, email, or online chat to assist you with academic problems and provide practical home school guidance, tips, and encouragement. Some of the most common homeschooling difficulties and some tips for getting you through the rough patches are given here.

Some homeschoolers find that participating in a lot of activities in their areas is easy. Field trips, co-ops at home school, dance classes, martial arts, piano lessons, swimming lessons, sports teams at home school … the list goes on. While it is lovely to spend time participating in these activities and connecting with other household school families, be sure to keep your priorities in check. Over-scheduling and over-engagement can lead to exhausted kids and parents getting burnt out.

A shift of position from parent to the educator is one of the most common home school challenges. Although Mom can be playful, cuddly, and fun; TeacherMom needs to make sure that the kids pay attention to their schoolwork and follow it through. This is a delicate balance that many families can consider severe and common behavioural problems. Make sure you set specific rules and expectations for learning time and behave accordingly.

As a parent at home, you’ll have a lot of balls in the air at the same time. There will be days where you can’t stand to see the dust stains on the kitchen floor, you’ve got nothing for dinner in the refrigerator, and the whole family is out of clean underwear. Most often, when you’re conducting a science or math lesson, such realizations will happen. Don’t let it bring you down. Many homeschooling parents combine their home school day’s duties. Older kids can wash, mop, and vacuum. Younger kids can assist in sorting laundry, feeding and water pets, and help load the dishwasher. With meal planning, shopping, meal preparation and cleaning, the whole family can help. Learn to delegate to others. Allow your home school routine part of your tasks and meal planning.

Many families are at home with children and grandchildren. While the parent teaches a lesson or interacts with an older student, this can present challenges when the younger children need care and attention. Many of them plan during nap time some of the more demanding subject areas. This can help ensure that your older student with their more difficult subjects receives individual attention. Another useful strategy is to create “busy boxes” and offer educational activities for younger children to keep them entertained. Also, be sure to engage the younger children in hands-on activities, craft projects and experiments on science (as necessary for age). Changing some of the events is simple and encouraging your more youthful kids to take part. How much they know, you’re going to be surprised! Create educational activities to help entertain younger siblings and ensure that they are included for older students in hands-on activities.

Sadly, most homeschooling parents face problems with family members, acquaintances, and even strangers who don’t endorse homeschooling. Whether you’re at the grocery store dealing with mom, Uncle Joe, or the cashier, make sure you’re calm. Explain that you decided to teach your kids at home because that’s what’s best for them. With time, most friends and family members will understand that children excel in the home school atmosphere, and some will even become advocates of home school! You can calm your fears about the legitimacy of learning at home by explaining your choice of an accredited curriculum or by using an additional, objective grading service such as the Advisory Teaching Service to help measure learning and keep records and transcripts for the future.

While each child is unique and has specific needs, some students are learning differently from others. Students with special needs may have developmental disabilities or problems in behaviour, or they may work at a different level than their peers. Our American International school Dubai understand the challenges faced by students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD, ADHD, autism, learning difficulties, loss of hearing and sight, or any student with trouble functioning in a typical academic setting. We will discuss the unique educational, physical, social, or emotional difficulty of each student and work with you to help the student achieve academic success. Many homeschooling parents believe that in the home environment, special needs students perform significantly better than the traditional classroom.

While homeschooling may sometimes be challenging, but our Education Counselors are available for free guidance to all enrolled families to assist you with innovative teaching strategies, address specific curriculum questions, provide practical advice on how to help students stay focused, and help you tailor the lessons and program that best suits the needs of your child.

Now is the best time for a homeschool switch!