The Benefits of Homeschooling
When it comes to having children, one very important issue will be the decision on how your child will be educated. You will have many options to consider such as public funded schools, private schools, charter schools, and home school. Many parents don’t give homeschooling any thought, but for a growing number of families, it’s the right choice. There are many benefits to homeschooling that you should at least consider.
When your child goes to school it is normally 20 or more students to one teacher, at least in public schools. In some areas it can be up to 30 students for each teacher. This means that children get very little of the teacher’s undivided attention. Teachers must spend a lot of time disciplining and keeping the class in order. There is a lot of busywork. Homeschooled children typically get one-on-one time and this helps them to learn quickly and efficiently and then retain better what they learn.
Learning at the pace the child is ready to learn at is important. When it is just you and a couple of children you are able to take the time to let them learn things according to their own schedule and skills. Children all have different strengths and learning styles and don’t understand the same things at the same time. In public school there isn’t time to let the kids learn at their own pace, that’s why they get so much homework. Homeschooled children need not made to meet these unrealistic expectations.
Each child learns things a different way. Many teachers only teach one way. Some children are visual learners, some learn by listening, and some learn by doing. Your child’s learning style has to be honored. Some teachers only teach one way though, which leaves the rest of the kids out. One of these kids might be yours…
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Homeschooling also allows for more life skills training. This is one of the best parts of homeschooling in fact.
You see 18 year olds coming out of high school that have no practical life skills that will help them get a job. They usually feel they need to jump right into secondary education instead. Can they budget money for their new apartment, balance a checkbook, or fix things that break around the house? Many times the answer is no. For the last 16 years they have been too busy learning how to do algebra, trigonometry, and learning definitions of huge words they will never use.
Homeschooling can allow you to teach your child more practical things they can actually utilize later in life. You can teach them about saving, investing and paying bills. You can teach them about how fix things around their home, like the car, the toilet and electronics or computers. Homeschooling can give them the advantage they need. They will also have more time to devote to music studies or other areas of talent and interest. Teens will be able to spend time apprenticing and learning things hands-on.
Homeschooling allows you to be the primary influence on your kids. Instead of them picking up attitudes, language, moral and political views from their inexperienced peers, you get to shape them until they’re ready to decide on these issues themselves.
The absolute best thing for many parents about homeschooling though is the fact you get to spend so much time with your children. No teacher will enjoy your child as much as you, nor will they enjoy watching your child learn as much as you. Consider homeschooling, you won’t regret it.