For a parent, the main priority is giving your children the best possible start in life, and one way to do this is by being a positive role model for them. Another way to give them the best possible foundation is to ensure that they have a high-quality education. But that isn’t always easy. If you’re finding it difficult to give your boy or girl the education they need and deserve, homeschooling might be the ideal solution. The main benefits of homeschooling your child are:
Many schools have to educate a lot of kids at once so classrooms can have 30 or more pupils at once. In that environment, the teacher’s attention divides between numerous children. If homeschooling your child instead, on the other hand, your attention as parent and teacher is solely on your little one so they get more time receiving help.
Also, you can specialize the education depending on your child’s needs and where they thrive, spending extra time and resources on certain areas that might just not be feasible in the public school system.
You might even hire a private teacher to assess your child’s academic ability and to tailor lessons specially to them. As a result, they could potentially achieve far more academically, and at a faster pace than learning at school. That’s big on the benefits of homeschooling list.
As all parents know, every child is different. Thus, the subjects that they love may not be the same as those loved by others their same age.
For example, let’s say your child is particularly good at learning new languages and the local school’s lessons limit to only one or two languages. They might not have the opportunity then to learn skills that could prove invaluable in their later lives and careers.
In this case, enjoy one of the benefits of homeschooling your child, namely that they can take extra lessons in subjects that they enjoy or show a particular aptitude for. That’s true even if it’s nearby schools don’t teach it.
However much you try to take the pressure off, your kids know the importance of high school and college exams. Homeschooling your child can help alleviate exam pressure and give them a great chance to achieve good grades as they do further study in subjects that are more difficult for them. It could be evenings or weekends, fit around a busy family schedule. It can be a great confidence boost for your child when it comes time for college entrance exams.
Maybe the greatest thing about homeschooling is that its customization. Tailor it for you and your child, rather than you having to fit in with the schedule of a school. It can be cheaper than you think too.
Lastly, homeschooling can bring excellent results for a child, as well as giving you valuable bonding time with them. It’s little surprise then that many of today’s inspiring and high-achieving women were homeschooled. It’s a trend that looks likely to grow.
Would you homeschool your girl or boy? Why or why not?
I don’t know any parents who homeschool their kids, but I know it has many benefits if the right energy can go into it.
As a homeschool mom, you are right on with this post Christy. Thank you! :) It was such a blessing to read.
:) thank you so very much.
Home schooling is popular in South Africa as the quality of a government education is poor. A super article, Christy.
As a teacher, I’ve met many students who have been homeschooled. They tend to fall into one of two camps. The first camp is light years ahead of their peers in learning. Mom and/or dad did an excellent job. The other camp is pretty bleak, as in do you even know your ABCs? A bit of hyperbole, but still. There really isn’t much in between in homeschooling results, at least from what I’ve seen.
I home educated my daughter until she was nine, at which time she asked to go to school. She attributes her most influential learning to those early years though. I do think it was the best thing for her. I am a teacher and knew how to encourage her curiosity and learning by expanding on and following her interests. It was a lot of fun and great for bonding, as you say.
It was very special, Christy. We both enjoyed it. :)
You bet I would, if I had kids. Given the travesty that passes for education here in the U.S–absolutely!
I know only one serious homeschooling mom, and hearing about it has been an education for me! You need to know your state and county requirements, then trial-and-error various curricula. Some states offer you K-12 totally free computers, books, etc. and require lots of scheduled face time with teachers on line. Others are totally free form, un-schooling so to speak. But almost all require some aptitude tests at various grade levels. If you’re also working from home, this can be a double challenge. The best thing about pursuing home schooling is all the online resources from courses to networking with others. Thanks for encouraging people to consider this…our educational system in the U.S. is generally in free fall.
Home schooling is something we , Indians, never heard of. But this sounds really interesting and I hope this would come into practice here as well. :)
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