Nowadays, more and more parents are wanting to homeschool their children because of all the benefits it brings. According to a 2016 report from the U.S. Department of Education, there were about 1.68 million homeschooled children and all were from ages 5-17 years old. In the same way, children are also asking to be homeschooled because they want to receive education differently. This begs the question of whether or not homeschooling is right for you.
Before anything else, it is important to understand that there is no one right answer to this question. What is suitable for one child, may not be right for the next. The decision to homeschool your child is not an easy one to make because it will be a major lifestyle change for the entire family. It is important to consider several variables before you take on this new challenge. Can you afford to have one parent stay at home to homeschool the child? Aside from the homeschooler, do you have young children or infants to care for? Do you have sufficient funds to invest in a homeschooling program and other learning resources?
These are all questions that will help you decide whether or not homeschooling is suitable for you and your family.
If you are still torn, these are some tips from homeschoolers’ parents to help you come to terms with a decision.
- Create a list of reasons for homeschooling. You should ask yourself the following questions: How are the schools in your town? What type of education do you want your children to have? How long do you want to homeschool your child for? In cases where it is the child who wants to be homeschooled, you should ask them to write out their reasons why they want to leave public or private school. This list of reasons will help you get through the challenges of homeschooling.
- Set measurable educational goals. It is important to identify the goals you want to accomplish for you and your child. This will help you devise the homeschooling plan as well as track the progress. An example of a measurable goal would be: “In 3 weeks, I want my child to master the multiplication table until 10x.” With homeschooling, you get to decide the pace you want to set.
- Prepare financially. One of the common misconceptions about homeschooling is that it is very cheap. Depending on your state, some of the homeschool programs available can be quite expensive. Also, homeschooling your child may mean having a single-income household. For this reason, you should prepare a financial plan first.
- Consult support groups. While doing research online is helpful, you should also try going straight to the source. The best advice you can get will be from parents who have experience with homeschooling. They can definitely tell you how it will be like and give you some practical tips, so it would be a good idea to locate and join homeschooling groups.
At the end of the day, all parents want is the best for the child. Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but you should still weigh in the pros and cons before finalizing your decision.