Is homeschooling right for you and your child?
Making the choice to homeschool your children is a major decision. Every child and every family is different. What's right for one can be completely wrong for another.
Weigh your schooling options. Consider both the benefits and drawbacks to home education, and open your heart and mind to all the possibilities.
Families have a variety of reasons to want to homeschool their children. When deciding whether to dive into homeschooling, talk to your spouse and kids about the reasons you want to homeschool your children.
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Benefits of homeschooling
The benefits of a home education are numerous. When deciding whether to homeschool, consider how important these benefits truly are to your family. You can:
- Control not just what your kids learn, but when and how they learn it.
- Provide your children with one-on-one attention in subjects with which they struggle.
- Challenge your children with unique coursework, projects and activities.
- Nurture your children's talents, whether they are scholastic, athletic or artistic.
- Protect your children from negative influences and instill your belief system and moral values.
- Provide a positive environment for your children to learn and grow.
- Create a school schedule that fits your family's needs and lifestyle.
- Take field trips and vacations whenever you like to supplement your children's education.
- Develop close bonds as you spend quality time with your children every single day.
Realities of homeschooling
Homeschooling isn't all roses and lollipops. The reality is that home education is not suitable for every family. Before jumping headfirst into homeschooling, consider the possible downside.
Finances: Obviously you can't have a full-time job outside your home if you are homeschooling. Are you prepared to live on one income to educate your kids at home? Also factor in the cost of curriculum. Though not as expensive as a high-end private school, homeschooling doesn't come without costs. You can find free and low cost homeschool curricula, but it doesn't come without time and effort.
Homeschooling can be an amazing experience for parents and their children. Over two million kids are being homeschooled in the U.S. Before you take the plunge, do your research, consider your family's best interests and decide whether homeschooling is right for you.