Education For All People – Home Schooling – Is It Right For You?
Homeschooling: do or not to do – that's the question! Just today, I have received another call from some potential parents at home school – very close friends who are so unhappy with their local school system that they are seriously thinking about to school at home their two teenage children.
Being the innumerable couple that they are, they have already started doing homework and they are quickly becoming aware that home schooling is a commitment. One that you only need to do one year at a time, but a commitment nonetheless. Home schooling is an incredible way to take control of your child's education, especially if your child has a non-traditional learning style, is gifted, has special needs or even has a disability. behavior. But that's not the only reason you might want to teach your child at home. Of the thousands of children who are home schooled today, many of their parents (like my friends) are just not satisfied with education (both academic and non academic) as the school system local provides to their children.
So here are some things you might want to consider before taking the first step:
Count the cost
With most quality home schooling programs (and I emphasize the word quality) there is a considerable time commitment to make. As with any teacher, lesson plans must be prepared, papers must be graded, projects planned and field trips organized. Some programs are DVD-based while others are Internet-based, but you, the parent will still need to set aside the time to be "the teacher."
You do not have to teach your children at home. If you can read and write and communicate effectively, your children will learn. There are very good study programs with excellent teaching materials that will help you plan and teach. If you encounter topics or very difficult topics, it is always possible to hire a tutor.
Although home schooling is not necessarily expensive (some programs may cost as little as $ 200 a year), the opportunity cost of not being at work might to question the finances of your family. Usually, one parent will school children at home while the other works at home with the children.
This may require some sacrifice if the family usually has two.
Home schooling is a great way to have more control over the people with whom your child is associated. There is less chance of meeting unsavory characters who might be hiding in the hallways of the school. On the other hand, you will have to make an extra effort so that your child can always meet with other children, preferably his or her age group.
Does your child want to be educated at home?
Some parents make the fatal mistake of assuming that their child wants to be taught at home – whereas in reality this is not the case. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to teach a child who has made the decision not to learn! Please, take the time to talk to your child to make sure he is ready to participate in an education program at home.
Consider Your Approach
What approach to home school will work best for you? School at home, Montessori, classic home school, Waldorf method, there are many different approaches to teaching your children at home. You must choose the approach that will work with your child's learning style, your schedule and your academic goals, multiple intelligences, unschooling, unitary study units, homeschooling relax, and so on.
There are many support groups that can be divided by state, county and city. Some may be more useful than others, but connecting is a very important aspect of teaching your children at home. People have been doing it for years, so take the time to learn from their experiences, do not reinvent the wheel!
One Step at a Time
Although all of the above may seem a little overwhelming, the most important thing to remember is that it's enough to step one step at a time. Also, if you make the decision to home school your children, remember that you only need to engage one year at a time and if that does not work for you, just choose another option that will works for you and your family.
I hope it works as a good foundation or dashboard if you start thinking about your child's home school.