Choosing whether to homeschool your kids or put them in a traditional, brick and mortar school is a tough decision. There are so many factors to consider. Homeschooling requires time and investment from parents, as well as kids. If you are struggling to find out whether or not homeschooling is right for your family, you have likely come to the right place.
Some people think they can buy a homeschooling curriculum, hand it to their kids, and then go to work. While some kids are more independent with their studies than others and the process of homeschooling can make kids more independent and self-disciplined, parent involvement is still required. You have to make sure your kids are actually digesting the material, rather than simply rushing through and learning just enough to get by. Years of learning material with just a book as company can make entering a classroom with students and teachers quite frightening when it comes time for college.
You will also have to invest time in taking your kids to more extra-curricular activities as they will require other sources of social interaction. With that said, more time for extra-curricular activities is one of the benefits of homeschooling. School work is often completed at a faster pace when it is just once student learning from one parent, rather than one teacher trying to teach an entire class. This leaves more time for extra activities, as well as time with family and friends.
Students who attend traditional schools are learning for seven or so hours before going to their activities for a couple more hours. By the time they finish dinner and do their homework, it is time to go to sleep. This leaves very little time to be spent with family. It also leaves little time for students to spend by themselves. Alone time is an important part of growing up for kids. It is their time to dream and take part in hobbies. Homeschooling allows kids to get all of their school work and activities done during the day, so they have time to spend alone and with their family and friends.
Homeschooled children get to spend time with other kids in fun settings through a church, extracurriculars, etc., which means they face less peer pressure and hostility than kids in the traditional school system. Many parents turn to homeschool because their kids have faced bullying in their brick and mortar schools. Peer pressure is inevitable in a group of twenty to thirty kids. This pressure can damage a child’s self-esteem. It can also snuff out their individuality, as they might be pressured to conform. Homeschooling offers an escape from this atmosphere, where kids can express their individuality and thrive.
Homeschooling also offers a variety of opportunities when it comes to enriching a child’s education. Reading lists can be tailored to your child’s interests. Movies can be used to teach boring subjects. You can even teach your children by traveling from museum to museum. The opportunities are endless.