Would Homeschooling Work For Your Child?
Have you thought about home schooling your child? Homeschooling has become a popular way for parents to educate their children. However , many parents are not sure if their child, lifestyle or situation would be conducive to home schooling. Here are some tips to help you determine whether your child is a good candidate for home schooling.
Ask yourself why you want to home school. It is important to be honest and consider this question carefully. Is it because you want your child to have a religious education rather than a secular one? Do you want to home school to avoid government imposed curricula? Did you have negative experiences in public school and want to avoid those for your child? Maybe the public schools in your area are sub-standard.
These are all legitimate reasons, and you may have some others of your own. Having defined reasons and goals are a necessary first step in making the decision.
Can you take the criticism and misunderstanding that will come your way if you home school? If you choose to educate your children at home, you are likely to hear all kinds of lectures about "socialization" and so forth. Some people will suggest public school any time your child is less than perfect in his or her academic performance. Are you prepared to defend your choice to home school and/or ignore the criticism.
Consider how much time you have. Home schooling is not necessarily an all day, every day kind of thing, but it does take some time. You will have to factor in the time it takes to plan lessons as well as actual teaching time.
Consider how much money you have. Home schooling does not have to be expensive, but it nearly always involves some kind of expenditure. School supplies and the curriculum itself will cost money - anywhere from $100 to $1000 per year. You don't have to spend a lot - the internet and your local library can do a great job of providing literature, worksheets, hands-on science experiments, and so forth. Just determine your budget and plan your curriculum accordingly.
Are there other groups and events in your community in which your home schooled child will participate? In some areas, public schools may offer or even be the only group activity available. If your community has activities like Little League, Boy and Girl Scouts, a home school co-op, and so forth, then you may feel more confident in home schooling knowing that your child will have opportunities to make friends.
Is your child unusually advanced or behind academically? Then homeschooling may be an appealing alternative to traditional classrooms. In the case of the advanced student, you may not want your kids to be held back in a traditional school setting because they is so far ahead of everyone. If your students are behind (by public school standards) homeschooling may give them the one-on-one attention they need.
This is not an easy decision, but with careful thought and preparation, you can make the best decision for your children.
Very good post. I homeschooled and now both my sons are graduated. Many find homeschooling elementary is great but give up when their kids hit high school. That’s why I post ideas and encouragement for homeschooling high school on my blog. It can be done with great success!