Homeschoolers often choose to educate their children at home due to the benefits of homeschooling.
For those considering homeschooling as an option, you might be wondering just what those benefits are. Studies have shown all sorts of benefits to homeschooling; here are some of them.
BENEFITS OF HOMESCHOOLING
Many families are concerned about the lack of family time in our modern world.
Between work, school, and extracurricular activities, many parents and children find it difficult to find time to spend together.
Homeschooling requires that the teacher (parent) does spend time with the child or children, and you learn a great deal about each other in the process.
LOVE OF LEARNING
Homeschooling is often geared toward making learning fun and engaging, setting the stage for a lifelong love of learning. This love of learning is something that may get lost in a public school setting, where a child may be at a level different than the class’s teachings or may associate learning with boredom.
Homeschooling gives the opportunity to teach your child in whatever capacity and at whatever level he or she is. Some children, for instance, maybe highly skilled in reading and read at an early age, but find handwriting a challenge.
Others may write beautifully but struggle with reading. There are a great many variations across the learning spectrum, and homeschooling allows parents to work with these strengths and weaknesses.
Social readiness is another benefit of homeschooling. Homeschooling allows you to be able to socialize your child at his or her own pace in settings he or she finds comfortable.
Homeschooling gives parents insight into their child’s learning style as well as his or her strengths and weaknesses. This allows the parent to customize a curriculum and find the teaching style that best fits the child.
Homeschooling also allows you to work at the speed of your child. If they are stronger in math, and jump ahead a grade, but need an extra year in writing, this can be easily done.
It’s been said that “socialization” occurs when homeschoolers are out experiencing interpersonal reactions with a wide range of people, while public school kids are sitting at desks forbidden to talk to each other.
Homeschooled kids get exposed to the post-academic world – the world outside of school – at an early age, which may better prepare them for the future.
FREEDOM FROM BULLYING
Bullying is a major concern in today’s schools. Freedom from bullying is a significant benefit of homeschooling. Children learn in a safe environment and can concentrate on their schoolwork rather than being worried about the next encounter with the bully.
Just because homeschool works best for one child, does not mean that ALL your children need to be homeschooled. Public or Private schools may be better for some children. Choose what works best for your child.
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