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How Whiteboard Paint Can Revamp Your Homeschool

While most children in America still attend public and private schools, there has been an increasing trend towards educating children in alternative environments. One of the primary alternative educational choices for many parents is homeschooling. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau as of 2012, there were over 1.5 million children in the United States that were being homeschooled. It is believed that the number is closer to 2 million today.

The Homeschool Choice

Homeschooling can be one of the best alternatives for childhood education today. While most students go to public schools, there has been an increasing number of parents choosing to homeschool their children as a better education alternative. There are a wide variety of reasons parents choose this option.

Often, parents feel that public school has or will fail to give their children the type of values, educational foundation, and character-building that most parents seek for their children. In addition to a proper value-based environment, public schools have increasingly been a place that has become riddled with problems such as bullying, dysfunctional peer pressure, inappropriate curriculum, school violence, and drugs.

Because of these problems, more and more parents have turned to homeschool as a better alternative for their children. Homeschool environments can be safer and a great place to instill better values and lasting educational skills in a safe environment.

Homeschool Educational Needs

In most cases, parents who homeschool their children believe if they have the right tools, they can offer an education that far surpasses public education. However, homeschoolers can lack some educational tools and resources they have access to in public school. The good news is that in the last two decades, there has been an abundance of homeschooling tools that have become available for homeschoolers to enhance their learning options.

One of the biggest challenges is ensuring that children have the ability to grasp new knowledge and assimilate pertinent information in ways that are effective. While public schools fail to give as much freedom and liberty to a student’s education, they often have better tools for teaching than homeschool parents because they have budgets to invest in school educational tools.

Because public schools have ample textbooks, on-site libraries, chalkboards, whiteboards, overhead projectors and a whole litany of science, music, gym and artistic supplies, a homeschooled parent can sometimes feel they lack some of the essential basics to give their child the best opportunities. However, there are many ways homeschooled children can access many of the same tools that a public school offers.

Accessing Homeschool Tools

In most cases and for most subjects, school grade textbooks that are equivalent to or better than a public-school can be purchased for homeschoolers. The only concern parents may have is obtaining a good teacher’s guide that accompanies their child’s textbook. Often parents can find textbooks from publishing companies like McMillan, McGraw Hill, Pearson and Prentice Hall who are well known for their public-school textbooks. These are usually available to purchase for homeschoolers from a variety of sources.

When it comes to libraries, most towns and counties have libraries that homeschoolers and their parents can access during regular library hours. This should be considered an important homeschooling tool for parents. When it comes to science equipment, many of the tools that are available in a school can be purchased and used at home. Items such as microscopes, telescopes, element tables, fossils, and science charts can easily be bought for homeschool usage.

When it comes to the other areas of learning, parents often can also get their children involved in private music lessons, local theater groups, and athletic leagues, so they don’t miss out on these types of opportunities. While these are usually not during the primary school hours, parents can adjust their class and study schedule accordingly for their children to include some late afternoon hours.

Creating a Positive Homeschool Learning Environment

Creating a homeschool environment that encourages learning is essential for both the parent who is teaching and the child that is homeschooled. While there is a significant amount of flexibility for parents who are teaching their children at home, almost all parents want to give their children a structured classroom environment that promotes learning. Statistics show that homeschooled children that are given a structured yet creative classroom environment thrive better than those students who do not have a specified place to learn.

Parents who homeschool their children should create space in their home that is specifically designated for school learning. This will help a child to understand when they are in this environment; it is time to focus on studies and learning. To get good examples of classroom designs, parents can get some great ideas on classroom environments that promote learning by looking online. The internet is a great resource to get visuals on both public-school classrooms and homeschool classrooms.

The Important Benefits of a Homeschool Classroom Whiteboard

One of the areas that parents who privately teach their children can be concerned with is having the ability to properly make presentations as they would in a regular classroom through a chalkboard or whiteboard. While smaller whiteboards can be purchased relatively inexpensively, they do not allow for children to do more complex lessons or have ample space for comprehensive instruction. The good news is that parents can find a great alternative with the use of whiteboard paint to create a whiteboard wall for instructional use.

White board paint allows parents of homeschoolers to create a designated wall for work and assignments. Like a regular classroom, assignments can be left on the board for their children to access whenever they need. Parents can also use these boards to draw diagrams and have children work on assignments at the whiteboard wall just as they would in a regular school classroom.

When it comes to creating a school and classroom environment, having a dry erase paint wall in a home allow can provide a great deal of creativity and interactivity for children. These white board paint walls help homeschool students to feel like they are in a more structured school environment.
 
Children that are taught in a classroom environment with access to learning tools such as these as well as sound educational curriculum usually do really well. In addition, using a library for advanced exploration will increase their hunger for knowledge and enhance their ability to explore and excel.

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