Homeschooling is a lifestyle that affects the whole family. It involves a lot of hard work, not only teaching but also endless planning, researching and organizing. However, it is also a lifestyle which can give great opportunities to improve family life a lot.
Homeschooling families get to spend at lot more time together than families that send their children to conventional schools. Spending quality time together is a very important factor when it comes to creating strong and durable bonds between parents and children. Children that feel loved, safe and secure in their home environment has a secure base to stand on for the rest of their lives and most often end up as happy and confident adults.
Children need to spend time with sensible adults in order to learn about moral, ethics and polite behavior. In conventional schools there are unfortunately often far too many children per teacher or other adult, especially at breaks, and children often end up teaching each other unreasonable behaviors. In a home schooling situation there are on the contrary often very few children per adult and, providing the parents are sensible, the children will have good opportunities to learn how to act in a polite and conscientious manner.
When it comes to the actual teaching part of homeschooling, it can offer a lot of benefits in comparison to conventional schooling. One of the main benefits is that the education can be tailored to suit each and every child in the family. For example, if a child finds it hard to read, it is possible to adjust the schedule a little and put the emphasis on practicing reading skills for a while until the child becomes a more confident reader. In a conventional school setting it is very hard for a teacher to adjust the education and lesson plans to suit each and every individual in large school class and a lot of children end up learning a lot less than they might have capacity for.
A parent who spend a lot of time with their children and get to know them well can often easily identify strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes and what the each child is really passionate about. This information can be a useful tool in planning the education in such a way that each individual can get the most of out the lessons and the material they are presented with. Whenever needed, outdoor lessons, excursions, field trips, breaks and play can be fitted in to the lesson plans to keep interest and concentration going and to bring joy to the learning.
Homeschooling makes it possible to plan the days to suits the family’s natural rhythm which makes life less stressful and more harmonious. Most kids have longer attention span and better learning capacity in the morning, so it is always advisable to start lessons as early in the morning as possible. However, attention span can vary a lot from kid to kid and homeschooling allows for easy adjustment of the time schedule to suit each family’s need. Some families need to break up the theoretical lessons with a lot of short breaks or practical exercises and experiments. Others prefer longer sessions so they can let the joy of learning and passion of a subject steer the length of the lesson. Time and lengths of lessons, breaks and mealtimes is all up to each family to decide when homeschooling. To reduce the stress in life can be health bringing and healing for the whole family.
Although homeschooling means a lot of responsibilities and hard work for the parents, it is also, if carried out properly, a great adventure that can improve not only family life but the health and well-being of the whole family.