When you are homeschooling your child you will ultimately find there are a ton of benefits for you and your child's education. One of the most obvious is your ability to tailor the education of your child toward your child's specific needs or interests. Children all learn and absorb information in different ways, just like you did when you were growing up. Developing your child's home school curriculum will allow you to take into consideration just how your child learns. You, the parent, are now taking on the role of educator and need to be fully responsible and make every effort to be the very best teacher you can be.
I'm sure you are like everyone who has had a good and bad experience with teachers. If you think about the good teachers you will find that they all had some great things in common. The most important was their genuine interest in education and the subjects being taught. Nothing will make a teacher less that good is a disinterest in the subject being taught. A teacher without enthusiasm is also a detriment to the learning process. So, you and the teacher in a homeschooling environment must create a home school curriculum that interests both you and your child.
Don't underestimate the value in the experience of learning and bonding with your child. You will actually be strengthening that family bond with your shared interest and enthusiasm for the topic you are teaching your child. This will actually help your child retain the information taught. When you understand the balance between being rigid and flexible in homeschooling the fun of learning and bonding will be there.
Even though your child's education should always come first, don't let your education dwindle. You may actually find that during the homeschooling experience you will find things in particular subject areas more interesting because you may not have been able to investigate them when you were a child. Now you have an excellent opportunity to learn more with your child.
You will find that there should be a certain amount of formal application will be required in the general curriculum of homeschooling, but the goals and time-lines will have to be set. Interestingly enough, within those goals and time-lines, there is a lot of flexibility. You can certainly use it to you and your child's advantage. You and your child can study new things and be excited about the outcome. The experience of reading and learning together can provide a very enjoyable experience for both of you.
You can apply the learning process in your homeschooling efforts to any subject. Your enthusiasm and interest will always help your child learn and be drawn into the subject, much as you were when you learned from your favorite teachers. This is one way to turn the homeschooling experience into a very positive adventure for you and your child.