In recent years, home-schooling has experienced a surge in popularity, with more and more parents choosing to take responsibility of their children’s learning and educate them at home. Here are six reasons why home schooling may be the best form of education for your child:
- One of the reasons parents have given for choosing to homeschool their kids is that it saves time. Homeschooling avoids the necessary drop-off and pick-up routines and the traffic battles that they entail, saving families time and energy to focus on family-orientated activities. Studies have shown that homeschooled children (and their parents!) get more sleep – presumably due to the fact that busy, rushed mornings are eradicated from the schedule completely. Being less tired ultimately allows children to engage more in lessons.
- In today’s economy, private education is largely unaffordable; parents who would have preferred to send their children to private school but are financially unable may prefer to try to reduplicate the values of private schools and avoid public schools by educating their children at home. Homeschooling also provides parents who may be able to afford private school or college but not both to save money during their children’s school years that can ultimately be put towards advancing their future by securing further education.
- Homeschooling also has the potential to save families money; being at home all day with the kids may entail sacrificing a wage, but will also save on costs associated with bus tickets, fuel, and day-care for young children. Families with fewer worry problems are generally happier and more emotionally contend that families with worry problems. There is a suggestion that home schoolers save the tax payer money, too, by choosing not to enrol their children in state-funded schools.
- Homeschooling teaches children practical life-skills; instead of teaching children about money using textbooks and theoretical scenarios, children are able to engage with the world, applying their knowledge to real-life tasks to gain experience of the world. Homeschooling gives parents the freedom to place more emphasis on teaching skills that will benefit children in the real world. Parents can teach children ‘real-life’ skills, such as how to interact with the world around them and how to safe within it.
- Lessons can be tailored to areas that schools often skim across but are necessary for children’s safety, such as how to cross a road and understand road safety signs, how to identify hazards in the home and the world around them. Parents are free to arrange their lessons around practical safety information, safe-sex information, and even enrol their children on first-aid courses.
- As well as giving parents the opportunity to teach practical skills that are often omitted from general school curriculum, homeschooling parents also have the ability to teach their children about their values, whether they be religious or cultural; alternatively, parents may use homeschooling their children as an opportunity to take them away from the influences of school values and to enable to develop their own personal ideas independently of teachers’ influences.
- Many people assume that children who are home schooled will be less sociable than children who attend mainstream on account of the fact that they do not have the same opportunities to interact with other children and other adults; their social consists primarily of their family unit. However, there is a suggestion that children who are home schooled may actually be more healthy with regards to their socio-emotional development. Kids in school are often subjected to bullying, and expected to confirm to a standard that they may not agree with, potentially resulting in emotional issues such as low self-esteem. Home-schooled children, on the other hand, evade this; they have the freedom to develop into whomever they choose in an environment which is safe and free from bullies.