I'm a homeschooler to my daughter and I am always eager to do fun and engaging activities with her. Writer/Illustrator/Poet/Engineer.
When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable. ~ Elizabeth Foss
Homeschooling isn't easy and not for everyone. You need an ample amount of time to ponder and decide if you really want to step into it!
Homeschooling or home schooling, also known as home education or elective home education (EHE), is the education of school-aged children at home or a variety of places other than a school. Usually conducted by a parent, tutor, or an online teacher, many homeschool families use less formal, more personalized and individualized methods of learning that are not always found in schools. The actual practice of homeschooling can look very different. The spectrum ranges from highly structured forms based on traditional school lessons to more open, free forms such as unschooling, which is a lesson- and curriculum-free implementation of homeschooling.
Like I said above, it isn't a piece of cake that you enjoy with your cuppa. Homeschooling is something out of ordinary, it requires extra efforts and time. But, if you persist and persevere, it can leave you with awe-inspiring outcomes! Like every other thing, it has got enormous advantages but some disadvantages as well. Some parents think and decide to go out of the box for their kids, with considerable amount of diligence and enthusiasm for homeschooling, disadvantages can be ruled out.
1. You are your own boss!
Yes, you read that right. With homeschooling, you don't have to follow a fixed curriculum and a fixed schedule. You can have different choices and go with what best suits your family. Also, you can include as many topics, activities and crafts that set off learning and trigger young minds. This also increases the time of learning and kids can give more time to their favourite subjects and to things they can't grab that easily. With that, it can save your money too!
2. There's no competition
With kids studying at home, there's no competition amongst classmates and this activates smooth learning. Without competition, kids don't undergo weird feelings of guilt, shame or abomination.
3. Individual attention
Sometimes, the main issue kids confront and face inside the classroom is lack of attention. With one teacher facing a large number of students, some students get left behind or lack the attention they require. Homeschooling is a great solution to this! Parents can individually focus and concentrate on all their kids and give them proper time to learn and grow. Also, they can modify schedule and curriculum according to their kid's nature of learning, as we all know, every child is different.
4. It increases family time and bond between parents and kids
With parents being the only teacher kids have, family time is incredibly increased. Parents are more able to understand their kids and observe and acknowledge their particular interests. Everyday routine and usual tasks become fun, engaging and a substantial fount of knowledge and wisdom.
Nature walks, Zoo trips and even small things like baking/cooking become an amazing source of eruidation and cultivates immense zeal amongst kids. This, increases family time as parents give more attention and time to their children.
4. Vacations can be planned without any worries
When your children are unbound and have a free schedule, planning vacations becomes easy and less hectic. You don't worry about the loss your kids might encounter or the feeling of lagging behind their peers.
Howbeit, the trip itself can become a great source of learning and can be moulded into a fascinating and riveting unit study!
5. Parents might be able to protect their kids from bad influences outside
With kids being at home, parents are able to observe their kids closely and prevent them from getting into weird and bad stuff. When you send your kids to school, you ain't looking at them. Hence, kids sometimes adopt unpleasant habits and behaviour that cause problems later on. Withal, it also increases hygiene and health control.
Prior to this, I pointed out that with advantages come disadvantages as well. Homeschooling might be an amazing option for one family, but may not sound that appealing to another one. Why?
It isn't for everyone, parents need to put alot of time in this and work really hard to perceive the endeavours. It can sometimes whack your feelings and leave you dumbstruck, specially when you have the guilt that you ain't doing enough or your children might lag behind.
Parents who work might not be able to give the required amount of time and attention to their children and might opt for public school. And, they're not wrong in any way!
The main problem that arises with homeschooling is lack of socialising. Parents worry that their children need friends at some point of their life and they get bored staying at home. That is why, homeschoolers prefer nature walks and fun trips.
Also, they tend to arrange playdates for their children with families who homeschool as well. That is how, confidence and engagement with other kids is built up.
This is my personal opinion and as parents, I think we all are wise and savvy to make good decisions for our kids. Whatever suits your family, go with that.
Whether you homeschool your children or send them to a public school, happiness of your family and a pure contentment that your children are performing well, are things that matter highly. After all, whatever we do is best for our kids and we know better. Isn't it?
Homeschooling is difficult, but elements like keenness and zest will set your results upto par. Elements like these are something homeschoolers require to keep them going.
This can lead to astounding results and at the end of the day, you'd be super proud of yourself and your kids.
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