5 Big Advantages Of Homeschooling
by Jon Porter
What makes homeschooling better than traditional schooling? Lately, there is a rising trend in families selecting to homeschool their child rather than send their child to a traditional government-run educational institution.
Let's look at some of the benefits homeschooling has over traditional government-run education:
1. Flexible Schedule
Homeschooling allows a flexible schedule. For example, the child doesn't need to get up at 7:00 every morning. With homeschooling, your child can start homeschooling at 9 in the morning or later depending on your family's preferred schedule. You can schedule your child's homeschooling education as you, the parent, see fit -- with materials or subjects that may be not available in a government school.
You can tailor the homeschool curriculum to suit the individual needs and interests of your child.
2. Individual attention
In a traditional school setting, thirty to forty students are assigned to a teacher in class. Therefore, usually, the teacher cannot devote 100 percent attention to any child since it will not be fair to the other children. Plus, it is nearly impossible to provide individual attention to all students in class that size.
With homeschooling, your child gets individual attention as he/she needs it. For example, if your child is struggling in math, you could spend more time and energy teaching mathematics.
Your child's homeschooling schedule can be adjusted to account for that. For example, if your child is better at science than she is at mathematics, simply spend more homeschooling hours with mathematics and cut back on science. With homeschooling, the choice is yours. Traditional schools can't do that. They are the opposite of flexible.
3. Family Activity
The schooling of the child can become an extended family activity. Field trips and experiements are good examples of this. Plus, your child also receives more quality time with his/her parents. There is more time for family bonding. The child is also free of any negative peer pressure or influences.
4. No peer pressure
With homeschooling, your child does not need to prove his/her abilities to other kids. Parents are able to deeply understand their child better with homeschooling and therefore are able to plan the learning program according to his strengths and weakness.
Parents can also change the educational program to suit the child's learning style. For example, some children learn better through reading while others need to write in order to learn. Some children even learn better by way of experiencing or seeing things in action.
5. Religious Learning
Religious learning is a sensitive issue. Therefore, most government schools shun it. However, with homeschooling, parents can take control over the moral and religious learning of their child. Parents can impart their ideologies and deep beliefs to the child, rather than let the school dictate what moral and religious education the child will be receiving.
As you can see, homeschooling has many advantages over public education. If you have the time, the interest and the ability, why not give it a try?
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