Homeschooling is a great alternative to traditional schooling. But what makes it so special? Understanding the benefits to schooling your children at home will give you a more comprehensive view of why you would choose to do a homeschooling situation.
Homeschooling your children can be one of the most beneficial things that you can do for your child. There are many potential benefits to giving your children the option to learn while at home. If you are teetering on a decision of whether or not you will do a homeschooling situation, look at all of the potential benefits to homeschooling. These benefits will do well to help you make your decision.
- Educational Freedom: When homeschooling your child, you have access to absolutely everything that your child learns. This also means that your child will not be restricted to the school curriculums of public education. As long as your child learns all of the basics needed, the rest is up to you and the child.
- Relevance to All Work: homework given by teachers in public schools can often be distributed just to fill time. This is often referred to as “Busy Work." It is not necessarily useful work, but is still given so that the child keeps busy either in the class room or out. If your child is homeschooled, you will have more freedom to determine if the work you give is going to have lasting value in the child’s educational development.
- Creative Freedom: Creativity is often stifled in public school systems simply because there is little factual educational value to learning the creative arts. However, if your child is schooled at home, he or she will have far more creative freedom to pursue arts and crafts to a greater extent than what is allowed at normal schools.
The Benefits: Personal
Lack of Peer Pressure: Because peer pressure is such an issue in public schools, children are often influence greatly by poor friends. Though this is unfortunate for children in public schools, homeschooled children are raised without having to deal with this. A child who is home schooled does not have to work to impress friends by acting out of character.
- Familial Togetherness: When you spend all of your time teaching your children, you will be able to use that time to grow closer to them as well. This will benefit both them and you. You will find that you have a great relationship with your children that surpasses the often reserved relationship between children in public schools and their parents.
- No Bullies: Another unfortunate side effect to having your child be schooled in the public sector, bullies are a huge problem facing the school system. However, children who are homeschooled do not have to be afraid of going to school because school is right down the hall.
- Well-Rested and Ready: Children who go to public school are often out the door by 7:00am and in class by 7:30, not getting home until 3:00pm or 4:00pm and having homework to do until late into the night. This makes for a very tired child who often resents school work. However, homeschooled children can finish all of their daily work at their own pace and get the rest that they need to be ready to go again the next day.
The Benefits: Everything Else
Flexibility of Schedules: Have you ever wanted to go to the beach on a Wednesday or take a trip to Europe in November? When homeschooling your children, you have that option because you do not have to worry about your children being in school. You can do the work you need to do on the go or put it on hold for a weekend camping trip.
- Religious Freedom: though this is not important to some parents, homeschooling your children means that they do not have to conform to any of the teachings in a public school that you might not agree with. You have freedom to teach whatever, if any religion that you want to your child.
- Leveled Progression: If your child has a hard time getting the hang of a concept, you can slow down your teaching to help cater to this. In the same way, if your child has a very easy time grasping a concept, you can likewise speed up your teaching to make things go faster.
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Homeschooling your child comes with many diverse advantages which will help you teaching your children in a safer, customized environment. You will not have to worry about the dangers of public school or about what your children are learning because you will be able to monitor everything, maximizing your child’s ability to learn quickly and effectively.
The author has been homeschooling for 6 years and has found it to be a positive experience.