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Over the recent years, homeschooling has become more popular.
It has been reported that the growth rate of homeschooled children is now between 7% and 15% annually. Currently, there are around 2 million kids learning at their own homes. It has also been shown that homeschooled children perform well on standardized test and most universities and colleges welcome them. As adults, they are known to be reliable employees and self-directed learners. The following list of advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling is founded on the experiences of dozens of families who have homeschooled their children:
You and your children will have options to study and learn what you want the kids to learn, when you want them to learn and for as long as you want them to learn. But this does not necessarily mean that all of the basic subjects will not be covered. Actually, the actual time your child requires to cover those basics will depend on several factors such as interest levels, maturity and ability. Some kids are able to complete those basics by 6 six years old while others complete it by 10 or even 12 years old. There is no pressure for your kids to adhere to other people’s standards. You need to note, though, that such educational freedom may be limited in some states who have unreasonably limiting legal requirements.
It is quite expected that your kids may experience initial shock after they leave the school system; but the shock will eventually pass away and then they will start to appreciate the sense of freedom that they enjoy from homeschooling. The lives of your kids will no longer revolve around the school calendar, homework and school hours. You can easily live your lives based on what works for your family. You can freely schedule your visits to the museums and parks during the week and other off-season vacations.
It is quite sad to see that bullying, boredom, competition and peer pressure have become normal components of a regular school day. This is actually more prevalent amongst girls whose self-esteem normally plummet during middle school. Research studies have shown that homeschooled girls are able to sustain their self-esteem and continue to flourish. Your children will be able to act, think and dress how they want when they are homeschooled. They will not have to fear being ridiculed or to feel a need to “fit in”. Your kids will be able to live in the real world where teenage trends and harmful experimentations do not dictate their lives.
If you feel that your spiritual and religious beliefs are important components of who you are and who you want your kids to be, homeschooling will give you the chance to integrate your beliefs into the day to day lives of your kids.
Closer Family Relationships
When you homeschool your kids, you will find it easier to nurture loving bonds amongst all members of your family. This is particularly vital when you already have teenage kids who can greatly benefit from these closer interactions. You will be able to help them to control their destructive behaviors when they are homeschooled.
Stability during Tough Times
Homeschooling can help your family to cope during difficult times such as death in the family, an illness, a new baby or any other transition or obstacle. Homeschooling can become a stabilizing factor when everything else in your life seems topsy-turvy.
You may already know that sleep is important to the physical and emotional well-being of your children, particularly preteens and teens. You can avoid your children being devastated when they need to wake up too early to attend their morning classes or end-up in a zombie-like trance in the morning and very exhausted in the afternoon.
With homeschooling, your kids will be able to complete in a couple of hours what it will take a normal classroom one week or more to accomplish. It has been found out that many classrooms spend less than 1 hour every school day on “on-task” learning. This is the reason why children who go to school normally have to finish a lot of homework to catch up.
You need to recognize that with homeschooling, there are no short cuts. The studies of your children will consume a lot of the parents’ time. This is especially true when you opt to include interesting activities and hands-on experiences in your homeschooling program. You will have to spend a lot of time to plan, drive to and participate in those activities.
One of the parents may have to forego having a full-time job so the children can be properly homeschooled. If your family is struggling with your finances, homeschooling the children can be a big sacrifice. But for a lot of parents who homeschooled their kids, they claim that the temporary income loss is well worth the fulfillment of seeing their children learn and grow in freedom.
Being With Your Children 24 Hours a Day
If you do not really see yourself being with your children all the time, homeschooling may not really be for you. But you can always see your day to day interactions with your kids, including the ups and downs – as valuable opportunities for both familial and personal development.
Limited Team Sports
Depending on where your family lives, your homeschooled kids may not be accepted to join the teams of their public-schooled contemporaries. But you can overcome this issue by creating your own team with other parents who homeschool their children.
Living outside the Norm
Homeschooling has similarities to other activities that challenge mainstream thinking. At best, it may be viewed as a peculiarity. But it can also be viewed as a threat to people who are not able to accept the fact that ordinary parents can succeed where trained teachers normally fail. You need to know how to live “outside of the box” if you want to homeschool your kids.of their public-schooled contemporaries. But you can overcome this issue by creating your own team with other parents who homeschool their children. Living outside the Norm Homeschooling has similarities to other activities that challenge mainstream thinking. At best, it may be viewed as a peculiarity. But it can also be viewed as a threat to people who are not able to accept the fact that ordinary parents can succeed where trained teachers normally fail.
You need to know how to live “outside of the box” if you want to homeschool your kids.
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