When you make the decision that you want your child to be homeschooled, there are many questions that can cross your mind. Below we will be addressing some of the most common questions and concerns that parents have when making this decision.
Is homeschool for you?
Do you think that withdrawing your child from their current school is the best decision? Do you think that having your child in a homeschool environment from the comfort of your home is best? These are all questions that you need to address to your child and your family. For many homeschooling works great, but for most the school scene works perfect too.
Something to keep in mind that the whole process of homeschooling is very time consuming. Some parents decide that they want to do the teaching and stop working. Others decide to hire an at home teacher and this takes time to find to make sure that the person you hire is ideal for your child and to guarantee she/he has all the credentials.
Homeschooling can also teach you about time management. If you child decides to be home schooled, they must be able to manage their time according and not lose track of time since they are at home. Being in the comfort of their house can be distracting for most students.
One of most important virtues to have during this whole process is patience. The last thing you want is to get agitated and therefore become angry towards your child. This is a learning process for you and it is a major learning process for them. It is a whole change of their routine that needs time adapting. If you child is in preschool through second grade, this transition will require a lot more help and patience.
-Freedom / traveling
One of the biggest pro’s of homeschooling is that you have the freedom to manage your child’s schedule and therefore traveling can be a lot more accessible. If your child
goes to school, it is hard for them to miss school since they always require a valid reason and a note. Once your child is getting homeschooled they don’t need to provide any documentation for missed days.
Online homeschooling free
One of the most popular online homeschooling programs is k12. The best part is that it is free! This program allows your child to receive all the necessary feedback including online virtual teachers and tutors. Some might find that this is best for older students but many find it beneficial for the little ones too. A good feature that the k12 program offers is that your homeschooled child is following the same learning guidelines of the kids that are currently in school but your child will be learning it at their own pace.
homeschooling pros and cons
Through homeschooling there can be many pros and cons that you might want to consider.
Pros of homeschooling:
Flexibility of Time
Homeschooling allows children to learn on their own time. As a parent you can control how much time each day and how often your child completes their lessons. They are not boxed into the typically 8:00-3:00, Monday-Friday time in which traditional schools operate. You can customize your child’s schooling around their own schedules, your child’s ideal learning time, and can take school with them anywhere. In essence, a homeschool student never misses classes because lessons can be completed at virtually any time. Lessons can be always be doubled up on a particular day if something arises that interferes with the regular schedule.
The most important “pro” of homeschooling is the idea that your child can learn at their own pace. They do not have to learn the same material at the same time that everyone else is learning. Many kids are fast learners while some may take more time to learn.
Depending on the state, you may or may not be required to annually test you chilld. Just by making sure that the material is understood is enough for many states. Although there are some states, like New York, that do require you to do standarized testing for homeschooled kids.
Cons of homeschooling:
Homeschooling takes quite a bit of time if you, the parent, is responsible for providing the education. This time increases with each additional child. You must take the time to plan and research the content needed to teach your children. Teaching the lessons, grading papers, and keeping track of your child’s progress also takes a considerable amount of time. When you homeschool you have to give your children your undivided attention during learning time which limits what you are able to do around the house.
There are parents who have a background and training in education who choose to homeschool. However, the majority of parents who homeschool do not have any training in this area. It is not realistic for any parent regardless of their education to be an expert on everything their child needs from kindergarten through twelfth grade. This is an issue that can be overcome, but being an effective teacher is difficult. It will take a lot of time and hard work to provide your child with a quality education. Parents who are not properly trained can harm their child academically if they do not spend the time to ensure that they are doing things the correct way.
homeschool vs public school
The main difference between homeschooling and public school is that the student does not need to present himself/herself to a specific location and does not need to be confined to a specific schedule. By homeschooling, everything can be modified for that student to learn best.
Support Groups for homeschooling
As mentioned in our other blog, there are many local support groups that you can look into your area that can be of great help. Here you can find counselors, parents, teachers, etc that can help you with this transition or with any help that you might need.