Homeschooling is a method of teaching that provides a direct connection between parent and student. Homeschooling is a trend that has exploded in America and continues to gain popularity with families across the country. As an alternative to public schooling, parents who are concerned about the public schooling system now has the opportunity to directly educate their child how they want and on their own terms.
Obviously, homeschooling is not an option for everyone and should only really be considered if certain circumstances require it. If a child’s educational needs are not being met, education from home may be a viable solution. It requires a lot of time commitment both from the student and the parent to ensure success for the child.
Benefits of homeschooling
If you’re trying to figure out whether or not homeschooling would be a good fit for your family, there are a few advantages to consider.
- You can control what your children learns, where they learn it and how they learn that is more effective to them.
- Directly become more involved in your child’s life.
- Create a schedule that fits your families special needs.
- Give your child specialized and in-depth attention that they don’t receive at normal, over-crowded public schools.
- Help your child mature and grow.
Cons to homeschooling
Making the decision to homeschool can be a difficult process, but one that is well worth taking some time to think through since it will greatly effect the success of your child later on in life. Learning styles really matter, and if you don’t make the right decision, it can stunt the naturally learning growth of your child’s ability. Aside from that, isolation from other children can have long-lasting, permanent effects on how your child interacts with others and their development of written and oral skills.
- Harder to discipline your child.
- Must be extremely organized and create your own curriculum.
- Spend all day with your child.
- Decreased socialization with other children, which may lead to decreased motivation for collaboration or extra curricular activities.
- If you are new, it may take some time for your child to adjust.
- May not be the most effective method for learning.
- Large time commitment.
- Need a very structured record keeping system.
How to get started
Once you’ve decided that homeschooling is indeed right for your family, there are a few steps you can take to be proactive about your effectiveness. First, talk to other moms and parents who have experienced it for themselves, firsthand. There are many support groups and forums online, just dedicated to homeschooling. There are even specific groups for women homeschoolers. Not only do they discuss how to successful provide their child with a great education, they also gossip about shoes, men and beauty products such as eyelash serums. Many parents are willing to help each other out when it comes to support.
Secondly, you’ll want to check out your state laws. Every state currently allows homeschooling, but some of them have different rules and regulations. Be sure to familiarize yourself with them. Based on these rules, you’ll have to create a curriculum that follows the state issued curriculum’s.
What to expect
Discovering what works and what doesn’t probably will take some time. This means you may go through some ups and downs in terms of your child’s output. Once you get into a rhythm, it will become easier to set a routine that your child will be able to produce and learn effectively within. Again, it might take some time for adjustment. Your child may be confused as to why they can’t go to school like the other kids. It’s important to consider their needs and still give them as normal a schooling experience as possible.
How do homeschooled children compare to others?
According to some statistics, homeschooler has faired just as good or even better than students who have grown up within the public system.
- 95% of homeschoolers had an adequate knowledge of political and social issues
- 70% of homeschooler participate in community activities and volunteer initiatives
- 88% of HSer’s are party of a community group or belong to some sort of club
- 80% of homeschoolers voted, compared to only 20% overall amongst all adults
Some parents even opt to homeschool their child during their college years. There has been studies done that indicate their are no differences between homeschoolers and regular campus students in terms of leadership skills, socialization ability, work ethic, motivation and values. These things are integral to a student’s success.