While there are exceptions, children who are home educated are typically more mature than their peers enrolled in public school. Often, the exceptions are those with special needs who may be behind developmentally and would be struggling even more if they were in public school. Many factors determine the maturity level of a child besides the individual personality.
One of the main reasons that children who are taught at home are more mature is their self-esteem is encouraged rather than torn down. From peer pressure to a lack of understanding the material, children often struggle with feeling good about themselves while in a traditional school setting. Learning at home helps a child focus on the material without distractions, helping her to understand what is being taught. She doesn’t have to endure being bullied if something isn’t understood or if she is different from the crowd. Likewise, she can explore other areas of interest that support specific talents she may have.
Typically, a child learns how to behave from those he is surrounded by. A child in public school is with other children for as much as eight hours a day with little adult supervision outside of the classroom. This means that the children are teaching each other how to behave and what is appropriate or not. A child who learns at home is taught how to behave by the parents and other siblings. In most situations, the parents modeling this behavior are teaching the children to be responsible young people, ensuring that the child is being raised with good, moral values. Instead of worrying about which kids are going out with each other or who hates someone else, the homeschooling children are often involved in community projects, volunteer opportunities or co-op groups.
Real life involvement
Schooling at home doesn’t take as many hours to complete as it does in public school because there are fewer distractions. The child can complete the work based on her abilities and time schedules. This shorter schedule provides many hours during the day to get out into the world. Parents often involve the child in things that encourage life skills, such as banking or meal preparation. The child learns how to stay within a budget while shopping for groceries or making other purchases. She is taught about things that pertain to her future, helping her see a bigger picture than most children her age. Through these activities, she learns how to talk to adults or ask appropriate questions which also help raise her maturity level. She learns about other cultures and traditions through the people she comes in contact with.
Children who are home educated are at home much more than their public schooled peers. This allows them to have a functioning role in the family that would be limited if they were out of the home for several hours every day. These children are taught how to help with younger siblings. They learn early on that they are setting an example for brothers and sisters who look up to them. They learn how to get along with each other a little better because they are living together. The focus isn’t just on the children who are the same age as a typical school setting is. They learn how to help the parents with chores while learning important skills. They understand that every member of the family has an important role and a responsibility to each other. This helps them when they are older and start families of their own. While any child can learn this, it is much easier when the focus is not on constant socialization with children who may not be taught these values at home.
Every child is different just as every family varies on how they raise their children. Not every homeschooling family is right just as not every public schooled family is wrong. However, one of the things that is often said about children who learn at home is how strange they are compared to other children. This is usually because the child is more mature than peers who learn in a school building.