Homeschooling in Ghana
I’ve had an increasing number of people ask me “how do you go about homeschooling?” “Which resources do you use?” “How do you know they are at the right level etc”. So I thought it would be a good idea to put it all down here.
First of all let me just start by saying homeschooling is definitely not the easy option. It requires you to be extremely disciplined and focused. Your sick days are no longer your own. The show or rather the school must go on.
Homeschool will take the pressure off your child to compete and give them the opportunity to actually learn something to the point of REALLY understanding what they are doing. There is no rush.
Understanding which resources to use will eventually come to you. When my children were younger I used to use a lot my printed resources from the internet or make things such as word and number cards.
I will say to you though Ghana has not really caught up with the “homeschool craze” yet and only the traditional forms of learning are accepted by most people here. So if you are going to go ahead with it you have to be pretty strong on your feet and not be shaken by nay-sayers.
I remember being asked once why my children were not at school. I told the person that I homeschool them. He said “oh really. Are you a teacher?” I said “no but I’ve been teaching them since the day I gave birth to them, what has changed?” Needless to say that was the END of that conversation.
You will find that a lot of people will try and put doubt into your head that you are doing the right thing. Do what works for you and your family! I understand that not everyone can homeschool and that’s ok too but homeschooling should not be so much of a taboo in this day and age.
If you are seriously thinking about homeschooling, go for it! Just jump right in there. Most of us that start homeschooling never really know what we are doing at first but you will soon learn what works for you as a family.
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