Homeschooling parents are usually striving to give the best of education to their children. They want to teach the children all that they should know in a relaxed and tension free atmosphere. This system allows them the flexibility to do so as and when they like. One major tool that the home schooling parents use is the computer and internet to get resources to make use of. It is quite common for homeschooling parents to use the computer in order to get material to teach their children, but they miss out on one big opportunity.
What’s this missed opportunity?
They do not let the computer become a teaching tool on its own. Computer aided teaching is not a new concept. It has been around for a while and it has been proved to be highly effective. In computer aided teaching the computer takes over the role of the teacher completely. The lesson or topic being taught is covered comprehensively by the computer software program allowing the child to learn at his own pace. In case a particular concept is unclear the child can loop back and learn that section again. Some more advanced programs even have extra examples that the child can use to clarify the concept.
Use the computer independently
Allow the child to use the computer independently. It can become a secondary teacher with whom he or she can learn when you are unavailable. Get the grade and age appropriate software programs which allow your child to gain new knowledge in an easy to understand manner. Think of the computer as a substitute teacher who gives the parent a break and still does not disrupt the learning schedule of the child. There is a lot that the computer can help you achieve without putting you out to extra work.
Its okay to play games
Most parents are paranoid about their children using the computer to play games. Why make it a big issue? All children need some down time, and a couple of games on the computer do not mean that they are not paying attention to their lessons. Of course excessive gaming will need to be monitored, but an occasional break from studies can be understood.