The pros and cons of homeschooling are many, but do the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? With total control over your child’s homeschooling needs you have the flexibility to teach your child values that cannot be taught in a public classroom. On the other hand your time will not be as free as it used to be.
The education a child can gain from a loving and concerned parent will be much greater than is possible to receive in a public school system. You don’t need a teaching credential or even a college degree, just the desire to give your child a quality education. If there are subjects that you don’t feel comfortable teaching it is possible to hire a tutor for those classes. And on the positive side your home school curriculum can incorporate other things such as your own religious and moral beliefs, something that will not be taught in a public school system. By taking control of a child’s education a parent can shape that child’s value system better than anyone else.
There are two main requirements necessary to achieve a rewarding home schooling experience for both you and your child. Obviously you must have a desire to teach your children, that is number one. If you are doing it out of duty or obligation you may soon find yourself in way over your head and wanting to get out. The second requirement is determination. You must truly want your child to succeed and be willing to put forth the time and effort it takes for your child to reach his or her potential. With these two ingredients your child may be able to realize an education that could not be achieved in a public classroom.
You, more than anyone else, want your child to reach their full potential. This is usually not possible in a crowded classroom environment. A child, to learn at their best, must have one-on-one instruction from someone who truly cares for them. And who better than you can give that to them? Public school teachers are overwhelmed by the sheer number of students they must control every day. With the many different learning styles, discipline problems, regulations that need to be followed and other factors a public school teacher cannot spend the individual time with each child that is necessary to bring out that child’s best. Home schooling can help children to blossom and bring out a child’s full potential like nothing else can.
Homeschooling was once a rare educational method. Today it is well known and an accepted way to education your kids.
Most parents thinking of homeschooling have a difficult time deciding whether to do it or not. The following is my top 10 list of reasons why other parents are homeschooling.
- Private school is too expensive
- Their children have problems learning in school or have a hard time getting along with other kids.
- They are unhappy with the public school curriculum.
- They want their kids to have a better education.
- They don’t want their kids to be badly influenced by other kid and learn their bad behaviors.
- They want their kids to learn the skills they need to succeed in life.
- They want their kids to receive an education that caters to their interests, ability level and aspirations.
- It gives the kids a chance to become who they really are by giving them more freedom to express themselves than public schools would allow.
- They want a way of life that allows the whole family to be together.
- Their own educational philosophy greatly differs with the public school education.
Ask Yourself These Questions
Do you really enjoy being with and spending time with your kids? The question to soul search on is if you enjoy spending a lot of time with your kids every day. You must like being with your kids most of the time and if you don’t (kids aren’t everyone’s cup of tea) then most likely, homeschooling is not for you.
Do you have doubts about your ability to teach? All you have to do to overcome your fear is to visit a public classroom for a day. Visit a kindergarten class or a first grade class and you will see that much of the time spent is merely controlling the childrens’ behavioral problems. And the lessons that are taught are usually very simple. In a one-on-one home atmosphere you will be able to progress at your own pace.
With a few home school books and lesson plans you will be able to get started very easily. Remember, you are starting your teaching experience with a very young child. And you will actually be able to learn as you go. With a little preparation it is possible to grow with your child. And the first time you see some of your instruction sink into your child’s brain you will feel satisfied that you are performing a very important task. You will surely be surprised at how effective you can be as your child’s homeschool instructor.
Read everything you can on the subject, assess your child’s skills, interests and learning style regularly and above all…enjoy your time together!