Homeschooling is growing in leaps in bounds all over the world as more parents are recognizing that institutionalized education simply isn’t working for their children. Sitting in a classroom all day long with same-aged peers does not guarantee a good emotional or intellectual experience. One look at the news reports about children being bullied and tortured by their schoolmates should be enough proof that traditional schools are not always safe places. Not only do schools lack the ability to protect your child, they also can’t provide a customized education that is suited to your child’s individual needs and interests. Before it became mandatory to attend educational institutions, children were taught at home by governesses and tutors. Homeschooling is not new, but it has made a comeback since the 1970s, with studies proving that homeschooled students are outperforming in tests compared to students taught at institutionalized schools.
Homeschooling works for many families because it is not a one size fits all process. Lessons can be tailored to match interests and learning styles. There are various methods that you can use to educate your children. Un-schooling is a more relaxed form of home education that focuses on learning without following a specific learning method, structure or schedule. If you decide to un-school, you would be focusing on following your child’s lead with regards to how, what, and when they want to learn. If your child doesn’t feel like doing math work that day, there’s no pressure to do it. Parents who un-school often view the method as a way to learn without boundaries. These parents tend to disapprove of the traditional educational system’s way of dictating how a child should be progressing. These families believe children learn instinctively and if left on their own, they will do just fine, just as birds learn how to fly because it is an innate part of their genetic makeup. Children will learn the same way whether they are seated at the kitchen table or on a swing set because every day people absorb something new.
The informal method of homeschooling does not work for all families. Other homeschoolers follow specific learning schedules and curriculums similar to what traditional schools use. The difference is that homeschoolers learn at home with their parents or with tutors, and they are also able to focus more time to their personal interests. Homeschooling parents come from all walks of life and have their own reasons for taking their child’s education in to their own hands. Some families home educate because of religious reasons. Others do it because their children have difficulty coping in traditional schools. Most homeschooling parents have three or more children and at least one of the parents does not work outside of the home. Some homeschooling families have both parents working, and some are single parent households.
Because you can create your own schedule at home, you can be flexible. Classes do not need to begin at 8 am and finish at 4 pm. You can start and finish teaching at any time that you and your child choose. Because of the growing popularity of home educating, there are many homeschooling community groups worldwide that families join to give their children opportunities to interact with other homeschooled children. These community groups organize many field trips, social and educational events for children and parents to meet, learn and bond with others.
There are so many benefits that come as a result of homeschooling that it is difficult to think of many negatives. Any concerns that parents and children have about homeschooling can immediately be quashed by the positive benefits; options to travel, learn, and work at leisure in a safe and loving environment free from peer pressures and unyielding school administrators. If you are considering homeschooling but aren’t sure if you are capable of doing it, there is plenty of support, both locally and globally from millions of homeschooling families that can provide information. Homeschooled children are also being increasingly sought after by Ivy League universities because they do so well. Education is not a one size fits all experience, nor should it ever be. Take some time to research homeschooling and consider that it might be a great option for you and your child.