Decades ago, the concept of home school was foreign to most people. In fact, almost every child was enrolled in and attended public school. Times are changing and for many people, they simply don’t see the benefit of the public education system. For them, home schooling is the only option.
Before you decide to home school your children, there are a few things to consider. The first is whether or not you’ll have the necessary time to devote to this undertaking. Taking responsibility for your child’s education is a large commitment and needs to be taken very seriously. It can also be one of the most rewarding experiences any parent can have.
One of the main reasons that parents today are deciding to home school their children more frequently is class size. In most traditional educational facilities, class size has grown substantially during the past few years. It’s not uncommon for an elementary or middle school class to have upwards of 50 children in one class. This translates to less one-on-one time for each student. Children who are struggling are more likely to fall behind.
With a child who is home schooled this won’t happen. The child is given individual attention during each lesson and is much more likely to prosper. They will be required to attend school in order to take their exams, but in many cases, children in home school are better prepared.
Many people who are against home school claim that the children are missing out on developing their social skills. It’s true that children who are taught at home aren’t afforded the same chance to interact in a classroom setting with other children, but that can easily be remedied.
For younger children, playgroups are a great way for home schooled children to play with others. For older children consider sports or musical pursuits. There are always opportunities for children to interact with their peers so don’t let that argument dissuade you if you’re committed to teaching your children yourself.