As with anything in life, there are the good and bad, positives and negatives, good days and bad. Teaching children at home is no different. There are a number of homeschooling pros and cons. Let us first address the pros:
- First and foremost, parents get to choose their child’s curriculum. In days past, this may not had been a big deal, but when teachers or school boards think your child should know something that you as a parent are against, homeschooling is great.
- As a parent, you are directly responsible for your child’s education. If your child is struggling with a concept, you don’t need to move on until the concept is solidified in your child’s mind.
- Parents don’t need to worry about their child’s safety. Whether it be the bus ride or recess, things happen. In this dangerous world, it is good to have your child at home learning with you.
- Peer influence is at a minimum. Obviously, children will socialize one way or another, but at least the socialization can take place in a controlled environment.
- For the most part, parents can begin school when they want. A rested child learns easier and gets into less trouble.
- One on one learning goes a great deal farther than learning in a group of 30 or 40 other students.
Teaching your child at home is no picnic, parents need to keep this in mind. Homeschooling pros and cons may often seem like cons rather than pros. Here are a few cons for consideration before homeschooling your child.
- Children long for friendships. You may need to enroll in some homeschool groups to provide them with needed social interaction.
- Some children don’t enjoy learning. Unfortunately as a home educator, it is your job to make learning fun. Despite everything you attempt, your child just may not be receptive.
- Some states have rigorous regulations for homeschool parents. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed by these requirements.
- Homeschooling can be expensive. For larger families, it is quite easy to spend more than 2 to $3,000 yearly.
If you as a parent find that you want to homeschool your child, keep in mind things are often difficult, but homeschooling pros and cons come as part of any curriculum you choose. Life is not always about being comfortable, but about being right. As a homeschool parent, I believe homeschooling is the right way to go.
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