Homeschooling: What You Should Know
Homeschooling has been on the rise in the last decade. Also known as home education, this is an alternative to attending public or independent school. A parent or private tutor provides education to a school going age child at home.
In this post, I’m going to address what you should know about homeschooling.
Maybe you have toyed with this idea or you are among those parents that have looked into this option when considering your child’s education. Well, I hope you find some information in this post that will help you to make an informed decision about homeschooling your kids.
Obviously, there are reasons why parents choose this route in the first place. When they do make the decision, they would have done some research on where to start, the benefits as well as the cons associated with homeschooling.
It very important that you look at both side of the coin, the good and the bad. At the end of the day, this trend is not for everyone, hence the need to do some research before making your final decision.
Why Parents May Choose Homeschooling?
To start off, let’s look at some of the reasons why some parents choose homeschooling over the traditional school system.
There are many reasons why a parent would choose to homeschool their child. According to Calvert Education, the top 5 reasons why parents decide to homeschool their kids are to:
- Make a change from a negative school environment
- Get a higher quality education
- Improve social interactions
- Support a learning disabled child
- Educate children during a family relocation to another state or country
There are also other miscellaneous reasons why parents may opt for homeschooling. For example, a homeschool curriculum may provide some level of flexibility; especially to those students who engage in extra mural activities.
Homeschooling may allow for a flexible schedule in such cases and the student can enjoy school as well as other mural activities. Another reason may also be the fact that parents simply want to create an environment where their kids may thrive.
How Do I Get Started With Homeschooling?
Now that we have an idea of why homeschooling is becoming more of an option for parents and their kids’ education, you may be wondering how you can get started with this programme.
I mentioned earlier on that homeschooling is not for everyone. Before you jump into it, you really need to spend loads of time researching all you need to know. Also bear in mind that there are other options to your disposal in addition to homeschooling.
If you feel that your child’s current school is not serving you and your child well, consider transferring your child to another reputable public school, or look into private and charter schools. The point is to take your time before making any rush decisions. At the end of the day, you want your child to have the best possible experience while learning. Reflect why you feel homeschooling is the best option for you, if you feel good about it, then go for it, if not, consider other options.
There are state laws you need to know about before you decide on homeschooling. These laws are different in every state and country. You should know the registration requirements as well as the curriculum you will be using for homeschooling.
I know it’s a lot of work at the beginning but you want to start this on a very good note and ensure your child graduates nicely. If your child is in school and you’re considering homeschooling, consult with the school or district administrators and find out what the laws are.
Its very easy to get carried away as a parent, I mean we always know what’s good for our kids right? Well, unfortunately not in every case. In order for homeschooling to work well you must be aware of your child’s needs. Make them the center of this learning programme, listen to your child.
You are first a parent to your child before you are a teacher. If your child has suggestions that would help with their learning, then listen. The same goes for any concerns that may raised.
Some parents realize that homeschooling is not the best option after all, and they try other options. If your child is not thriving, don’t take it personal. Just be a parent first, pay attention to the needs and do whatever you can to make the situation better.
Ever heard of the saying,”It takes a village to raise a child?” Well, we can twist it a little bit and say, “It takes a support system to homeschool”.
It is a good idea to meet or join some homeschooling parents groups. This will help you to get real life experiences from parents who are already into homeschooling.
I also learnt that there are small private schools or religious schools that enroll homeschooled students. These are there to provide guidance and support. Parents can use these additional support systems for guidance and to make homeschooling a nice experience.
Now that you have an idea on how to get started, let’s look at the benefits you can reap from homeschooling your child.
What are the Benefits for Homeschooling?
When looking into homeschooling, you need to know the benefits to be reaped from this programme. Some of the benefits of homeschooling include:
- Education tailored to a child’s capabilities and personality
- Dedicated teachers with a great teacher-to-student ratio
- Homeschoolers have more emotional freedom
- Flexible schedules that make it easier for the entire family
- Students can learn at their own pace and make faster progress
- Homeschoolers may become more responsible and productive adults
- Academic excellence, studies have shown that homeschoolers do well in exams
- Parents build stronger relationships with their children
- Less ridicule and social pressures
- No bullying
I will reemphasize the need for researching all you can on homeschooling. This means you must also take into account those cons that are connected with homeschooling. Here are some cons to note:
- Potential for more stress and fatigue by taking teacher and parental responsibilities
- Might cause loss of income for the family since one parent has to stay home and teach
- Less daily interactions with large groups of kids withing the same age group
- Potentially less structure when compared to public schools
- Finding the best resources can be confusing
So what’s your take on homeschooling, is it an option for you? Feel free to post your views in the comments!