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Homeschooling the Only Child

Uncategorized 🕔November 7, 2017

Homeschooling the Only Child

Raising an only child can be alternately challenging and joyful, both easier and more difficult than raising multiple children. The same applies to homeschooling an only child; When student asks “do my college homework” shown him this link. It can be easier to teach and plan for one child but it can also be more difficult to maintain a schedule and enforce rules. Luckily, the tricks and guidelines that help you raise a healthy single child will also help you teach that child.

Only children are often stereo-typed to be spoiled, bratty, and entitled. People often think they don’t have negotiating skills and don’t know how to share but often it is just the opposite. An only child learns at an early age how to converse with adults, that sharing is a great way to get another child interested in playing together, and what their household responsibilities are.

Good homeschool teachers / parents can use those characteristics of their only child to aid in designing their homeschool environment and lesson plans. Parents of only children know that their in-depth discussions won’t be interrupted by uninterested children or other distractions, responsibilities for keeping the classroom clean and organized cannot be shunted to another child, and the chance to play or learn with other children can be a useful motivator when times get tough.

Additionally, an only child will benefit from lessons plans targeted directly to their interests, skills, age, and abilities. Homeschooling multiple children requires a parent to teach different subject matter on the same day or to alter material to be understood by kids of different ages but, for the only child, the planning is much simpler. A teacher/parent will not need to plan multiple lessons but can focus their energies on creating lessons, crafts, and experiences that will benefit the child the most.

A family with one child generally has more resources to devote to that child, be it time, money, or space. An only child does not have to share parental attention or affection and is therefore not worrying about competing but can focus on the lesson at hand. Space is not a battleground for an only child either so he can leave his unfinished work on a table without fear or spread out to complete a large-scale project without invading someone else’s space.

School supplies for an only child will cost significantly less than for multiple children so parents can use that extra money to fund field trips, special art supplies, cultural or employment experiences, or perhaps even a more extensive curriculum. A large amount of discretionary funding is certainly not necessary for a successful homeschool education but the benefits of exposing a child to a wide range of experiences cannot be denied.

Of course, homeschooling an only child is not all roses and sunshine. Children can cajole each other out of a bad mood, inspire each other to work harder, and entertain each other during play time. Collaborative work is an important skill to learn, along with taking turns, listening, and learning to be both a leader and a follower. A parent homeschooling an only child needs to research and plan events, learning opportunities, and time for play with other children as often as possible. An art or music class, martial arts, team sports, and even visits to the public library can provide opportunities for an only child to practice and hone those skills.

For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.