If you are a professional in the work force, you are most likely use to having to take continuing education or professional development classes to keep up on your skills. As parents, particularly homeschool parents, our job is to educate our children. In my opinion, it is important as parents to keep on learning right along with our children. This is where participating in parent or educational development courses can be helpful for you as a homeschool parent.
Why is Continuing Education Important for Homeschool Parents?
One common theme I hear when talking to homeschool parents, particularly those just starting out is that they are overwhelmed by all the options and information out there. They are afraid they might miss something in their child's education. OR they don't feel comfortable teaching a specific subject because they don't feel confident in that topic themselves.
For me, those two topics that I don't feel as comfortable with are Math and Science. Thankfully, this is an area that my husband is strong is, so I plan on having him help me with those subjects when we reach that point.
But maybe your “weak” areas are English, or History, or some other part of your child's education? This is where homeschooling is a beautiful thing. Not only will your children be learning these topics, but you will be either learning or re-learning right along with them. You don't have to know everything to be a homeschool parent.
This is where I feel continuing education classes or professional development courses as a homeschool parents are so important. Not only are you showing your kids that learning happens all through life, you are also equipping yourself to provide an excellent education for your children at home, whether you feel like you are or not.
And after all, teachers in the public school or private school setting must keep up on the latest and best educational options out there with their own professional development, so why not homeschool parents as well?
Ideas for Continuing Education for Homeschool Parents
Many of us are busy parents who don't have time to attend a physical class which tend to be all day or all weekend events. I also enjoy going to homeschool conventions as part of my continuing education as a homeschool parent, but maybe you aren't able to do that. Expense, travel, time, all come into play.
This is where turning to online continuing education or professional development courses can be extremely helpful and time saving for you as a homeschool parent.
For those who have younger children, such as a preschooler or toddler, and you are interested in learning about child development or other early childhood educational topics, the Age of Montessori professional development courses are an excellent way to get this information from the comfort of your own home.
I recently took their 6 week Child Development course and enjoyed it very much. Some of it was review for me with my background in Occupational Therapy, but I came away with a greater understanding of sensitive periods, how I can encourage and facilitate my daughter's learning while still allowing her independence and following a child-led philosophy.
A few things you will learn in the course are:
- Putting your learning into context with Montessori Classrooms
- Human tendencies
- Stages of Development from 0-6 years old
- Stages of Development 6-adulthood
Each week includes video resources, a forum where you can interact with other parents and teachers taking the course, reading assignments, as well as a few written assignments. Everything is done online so you can do it from the ease of your home and timeframe.
The next course starts in October 2015, so head over to the Child Development Professional Development page on AOM to check it out.
While you are there, you can also check out their other courses on Early Reading and Writing Concepts, as well as Math.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I attended the Child Development course from Age of Montessori at no cost and was also compensated for my time in writing this post. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”