Many parents want to teach their children at home, rather than turn over their instruction to a traditional public or private school. These parents often do not like the local school systems or live in a remote area, making traveling to school difficult. Additional reasons for homeschooling include wanting to teach using a religious focus or having a child with special needs.

Concentrate on Teaching the Basics
Begin by teaching the basics, including reading and math before focusing on other topics. After students have mastered reading and basic computation techniques, they are ready to learn about more complex topics, such as history or life sciences. By spending the first year of learning on basic education, your child has a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

Use a Variety of Materials
Homeschooling parents have access to fantastic textbooks, but those are not the only materials suitable for teaching. Parents can shop at brick-and-mortar and online teacher supply stores to find the latest tools for learning basic and advanced topics. A parent can order manipulatives, worksheet books and DVDs from several sources. It is also possible to print free materials from online websites.

Take Learning Field Trips
Every child loves learning on a field trip. Parents can find great places for children to learn new topics at low prices—or even for free. Contact public libraries, museums and zoos to find out about new exhibits or speakers. Homeschooled children and teenagers are often able to participate in hands-on workshops during field trips.

Avoid Constantly Teaching by Lecturing
In the past, students were taught by listening to lectures, and this form of education is often suitable for older students. However, hands-on learning is more enjoyable for children and homeschooling parents. Using manipulatives to learn about addition and subtraction makes more sense than watching parents complete problems on a whiteboard.

Advance Your Own Learning
One of the best ways to help others learn is to pursue learning for yourself. Consider completing an online graduate program in education to improve your teaching skills. You can learn a variety of skills and techniques that will help you improve your abilities as an instructor.

Use a Varied Daily Schedule
As students progress in their learning abilities, add more subjects, but do not try to teach all the topics in the same day. In public schools, students might study health twice a week rather than everyday. Another way to vary the daily schedule is by teaching subjects in a different order, such as beginning with history rather than math.

Create Your Own Classroom Environment
While everyone is familiar with the way a traditional classroom looks, homeschooling parents can choose an individualized learning environment for a child. Rather than sit at a desk to learn, a child might prefer reading books while reclining on a couch. Instead of a brightly lit room, a child with autism might learn better in dim lighting. While homeschooling, you are able to accommodate your child’s needs and deliver the most effective instruction possible.

Author's Bio: 

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism. She interviews with small businesses and educational institutions regularly to learn new career building strategies.