Gearing up for the next school year as a home school parent/teacher is a little different than for the public school teacher. My previous post focused on Malow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the foundation levels – physiological and safety. Since your children are at home, these levels already tend to be in place giving your child the opportunity to work on the next higher level. Each level must be met prior to moving to the next and the levels all vary depending on the day and the task at hand. Home school children have generally also met needs at the social level as well. Social needs include: a sense of belonging, affection and love – from work, group, family, and friends.
Level four focuses on esteem – in this case self-esteem. Esteem needs include achievement, mastery, independence, status, dominance, prestige, self-respect, respect from others. Pushing your children is fine but don’t push too hard or too fast! If they are working on some difficult tasks, be sure to include some review or easier tasks as well. When everything is difficult, children may start feeling as though they can’t do it.
The US Department of Education lists eight things to help your child succeed in school:
- Encourage your child to read
- Talk with your child
- Monitor their school work or homework
- Monitor TV viewing and Video Game Playing
- Encourage your child to use the library
- Help your child learn to use the Internet properly and safely
- Encourage your child to be responsible and to work independently
- Encourage active learning