Guide to Parents Who Want to Homeschool their Child
The term 'homeschooling' refers to the process in which one or more children of a family are instructed by parents or a member of the household. In the U.S. the laws that define homeschooling vary from State to State, as well as the legal requirements for establishing a homeschool. Whether you live in the United States or in another country, you may want to consider some important points before you decide to homeschool your child.
Most children who are raised in a family experience learning even before they go to a school. A member of the family may take the time to teach a child the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, and names of different objects. The idea of homeschooling begins here. Instead of sending their children to a formal school, parents make their own curriculum and teach their children using the most appropriate method. This is the most simplistic form of homeschooling.
Before you decide to homeschool your child, you will have to consider certain important matters. First, find out the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling. Talk to parents of homeschooling children, seek advice if you must. Determine if you are really in the right disposition to homeschool your child. This is important because the success of the program depends on the clarity and sincerity of your purpose.
Second, consider the cost of homeschooling. You may have to spend anywhere between a few hundred dollars to a few thousand every year. More importantly, you or your spouse may have to give up your full time job to manage the program. This obviously reduces your income household. A good alternative, however, is to put up a home-based business or work from home.
Are you qualified to provide homeschooling for your children? Teaching requires dedication, stamina and intense love for learning. When you teach, you continue your own learning process. Technology has provided teachers and parents quick access to valuable information. Use the internet to research on topics. Go to your local library and read books on various methods of homeschooling. Find out what kind of learning style your child has so you can choose the appropriate teaching method. It is also wise to ask your child if he or she is willing to be homeschooled. He or she may prefer to socialize and learn with the other kids in a regular school.
Next, find out if your state or province has its own laws regarding homeschooling. In some places, parents are required to file intent to start a home school. They should also have at least a high school diploma to quality as homeschooling parent. As a general rule, you may want to maintain an annual record of your child's attendance, test scores, disease immunization, etc. Conduct standardized tests as prescribed by your local education sector.
Homeschooling may seem like fun and freedom for those who are in regular schools. However, things are not as simple and easy as they seem. Homeschooling is additional responsibility and hard work for both the parent and the child. But if homeschooling proves successful, it creates a strong bond of love and respect in the family, while providing the child the best form of education he needs.
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