Thinking about Homeschooling my Child

Homeschooling can be a wonderful way to provide your child with a more private and customized education. Families that choose to homeschool do so for a variety of reasons. There aren’t any school playground bullies that homeschooled children have to put up with. The homeschooling study curriculum can be tailored to suit the child, and there are a growing number of support groups where homeschooling families can congregate and learn from each other. Homeschooling is a wonderful option for many parents and children, but like anything in life, there are pros and cons to homeschooling.

Pros

Homeschooling is an ideal option for parents who are fed up with having to bow down to their local government school’s demands for their children. The early morning school days rushing to get out the door and overloading of homework stop when families decide to abandon public school and pursue homeschooling instead. Establishing a more relaxed and comfortable pace to learning is much more achievable through homeschooling. The tears and tantrums that come from your child every school day will cease. Instead, you and your child can explore learning styles that suit you both and homeschool at more convenient times of the day and week.

Time and lifestyle preferences can take center stage for a homeschooling family. When you homeschool, vacations can take place during the off-peak travel season times instead of during times when the school calendar allows holidays for students. You can create your own holidays, schedule family trips whenever you like, and you can also use your travel experiences as learning lessons for your child. Instead of only reading about historical monuments, you can visit the monuments and make the visits part of the learning lesson. Your child will have more time to focus on his or her passions because you can structure the school day around hobbies, work, and volunteering.

Homeschooling allows your children to be themselves. Peer pressure and bullying are huge problems at public schools in every nation. No child should have to go school feeling scared and worthless. You can encourage your child to develop a healthy self-esteem while you are homeschooling him. Your child will flourish under the one on one attention you give to her. Your child can also freely practice and study his religious faith at home without fear of being ridiculed by peers. And, when your child wants to spend time with other children, she can choose her own friends. Friendships can be made at extracurricular activities like soccer clubs, drama clubs, group ballet lessons, girl guides, scouts, and much more. Your child is not limited to choosing friends from his public school classroom only; he can make different aged and different cultured friends.

Cons

When you homeschool, you still have to pay taxes towards your local public school system. You will also be responsible for buying your child’s homeschooling materials, and it is rare that you will get help from the government for homeschooling supplies. You will have to budget your money and put some aside for homeschooling materials and activities. You can still have a career and homeschool, but your career will need to be homeschooling friendly. Consider careers in which you can work from home and have a flexible schedule.

As a homeschooling parent, you will likely face both positive and negative reactions from other people about your decision to homeschool. Homeschooling was widely practiced and commonplace prior to the 19th century, but its resurgence in the 20th and 21st centuries has not been embraced by everyone. You may have to constantly be defending your decision to homeschool. People who are important to you and even strangers will question your decision. People will try to quiz your children to see if they are really learning anything from being at home. Assumptions will be made about whether or not homeschooling is harmful to your child’s social life. You will have to prepare yourself on what to say to people who don’t value the benefits of homeschooling.

Unlike public schooling methods, homeschooling does not have to be about forcing a unique child to adapt to a one-size fits all approach. Your child might flourish in a homeschooling environment, but that depends on how you approach homeschooling. Keep in mind that each child is different; some of your children might blossom in a homeschooling setting, and some of your other children might prefer to attend public school, and that is fine. It is your responsibility as a parent to oversee your child’s education. You can oversee your child’s education through homeschooling them or through choosing the neighborhood where you will live and the public schools in that neighborhood that your child will attend. Sending your child to a private school is an option too. Be sure to examine the pros and cons of homeschooling and have discussions with your child about the options available to you.