Why home school? For some people, home-schooling is preferable to public school. It is especially so for gifted children and children with special needs and challenges. Approached positively and with creativity and energy, home-schooling is an educational experience for the entire family. Below are 7 benefits of home schooling:
Public school aims for an average.
We learn a lot of things in school, and some of them are not particularly advantageous to our lives in society. In a good classroom with an excellent teacher, the average child keeps up with the lessons with a fair amount challenge, gifted children are bored and never learn how to face challenges, and children who have challenges of their own may find school an endless, overwhelming struggle.
Public school hitches Pegasus to a plow!
Most teachers are overwhelmed with large classes, unreasonable administrative demands, low salary, and lack of resources. A great deal of classroom management falls under the category of crowd control. Children who are creative, innovative thinkers, artists and dreamers will be out of their element. The goal of the classroom is conformity.
Is your child average?
Most parents will tell you that their child is not average, and whether or not this is statistically true, the fact remains that we are each unique. Parents who are able to realistically see the talents their children possess and have the patience and skill to bring out the best elements of a child’s personality and talents and redirect the ones in need of guidance will surely do a better job of instructing their children than any teacher whose goal is, by necessity, order and organization.
Would you prefer your peers assigned or chosen?
Children who attend school interact primarily with their peers? These are children who are all the same age but may not actually have much in common with each other. Children who home-school interact not only with their peers in age but also in abilities, interests, and preferences. A home-schooled child will have greater opportunities to explore his or her true interests in depth. S/he will learn how to truly learn about a topic or interest rather than how to take a test about it or produce an assigned project within a deadline.
What is the best way for a child to become his/her authentic self?
Children who attend public school and spend their time primarily with their age-group peers will face peer pressure. They may turn away from their authentic interests and preferences in favor of becoming a face in the crowd. If home-schooled, a child is free to explore styles of dressing, ways of talking, types of entertainment and many other interests and activities without undue pressure to be a member of a group. A home-schooled child has greater opportunity to find and develop his/her authentic self.
Home-schooling provides an enriched & flexible learning environment!
Home-schooled children can enjoy very specific field trips in the form of family outings and outings with friends. They can learn about endangered species with an excellent book, a good documentary, and a trip to the zoo and/or museum of natural history, all done in the company of family members and/or chosen friends, rather than as a member of a homogenous group. A trip to a senior center to learn about the power of sharing with others can grow into real friendships, an impromptu reading group, or any other learning activity that might naturally evolve because a home-schooled child has a flexible schedule and parents have the authority to allow educational growth on the spot.
Consider your home-schooling choices realistically!
Parents must understand, too, that the choice to home-school may mean a drop in family income. If you home-school, you may not be able to work! Being home with your child constantly could lead to a feeling of loneliness; however, home-schooling is a good opportunity to get to know other parents who home-school. Sharing lesson plans and outings provides excellent socializing opportunities for parents and children.
There are many very good things about home-schooling when it is done properly. It is important for parents considering home-schooling to realize that they must be able and willing to make a consistent commitment of time and energy to their child’s education. Additionally, education must be well-rounded and include a fair amount of interaction and competition time with age-group peers because this experience does have its place in the growth of a well-rounded child.