Home Schooling – The
Pros and Cons to Teaching your Child at Home
June 22nd, 2006
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If you have considered home schooling your child, you probably are
concerned about being able to provide them the best education and at the
same time make sure that they are able to socialize with children that
are their same age. Having your child home school could be beneficial;
however there are also pitfalls to watch out for along the way to insure
that they are getting the best education.
Homeschool does not mean that you don’t teach your child, it means that
you will be doing more teaching at home than you would if you sent your
child to school. The public school system can be helpful if you don’t
have the time available to sit down and teach your child on a daily
If you do have the time set aside each day to teach your child, then you
are a good candidate for home schooling. You are able to spend valuable
time with your children and continue to bond with them, as you teach, and
they learn. You are able to teach moral and ethical beliefs that
accommodate your view point.
Your child could benefit for the one on one teaching when you homeschool. The large classroom settings can make it hard for a child to
learn if the teacher is not able to spend enough time with the child.
As classroom size continues to expand this becomes more prevalent for
the need for more individualized education.
If your child is homeschooled you might find that they excel in certain
subjects. By encouraging learning on a daily basis, you are not holding
your child back trying to conform to a classroom of children all at
various education levels. This gives an opportunity to use home
schooling to further excel your child.
The public schools are a potpourri of the community that surrounds it.
This means that your child could be exposed to other kids that do not
share the same values as yours. This could be a negative influence to
your beliefs and morals. If you live in a gang ridden neighborhood it
could be dangerous to send your child to school.
If you plan to homeschool, don’t think that you will be off duty from
socializing your children. You will need to either sign you children up
with after school activities, or you will get to know other homeschool
parents in your area and join together for activities.
Christians often want to homeschool their children to shield themselves
from outside influences. While this can be a good thing, a child will
still need to learn how to interact with other children and grow into
adults that can function in today’s society.
Some school districts offer a homeschool program, which gives you the
curriculum to follow. You report to the local district for assessment
testing to insure that your child is up to grade level throughout the
school year. Local churches often recommend or have home
schooling options available. Another
way to get guidance with home schooling is to apply to an online
accredited homeschool program.
You can complete assignments over the internet. Online homeschools
often have trained teachers overseeing your child’s education so that
you are not going it alone.
Home schooling is not “no schooling.” It is a full time job that
requires your attention as a parent. It means that you will have more
work to do instead of less work to do in order to make sure your child
is learning at grade level and beyond. Many children have benefited
from home schooling and often are well educated.
If you are not sure you want to take the plunge into home schooling, you
can always try a test run during the summer to see if it could work for
you. If you find that home schooling your child during summer vacation
worked well, it can help in deciding to do it full time
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