Monday, March 31, 2008

Homeschooling Pros and Cons

Not many people want to send their kids to public school. So, they homeschool their children using curriculum that can be purchased from educational shops or online. However, before you proceed, you need to be aware of the homeschooling pros and cons. You may find them in some books.

Not doubt homeschooling offers an excellent opportunity for your children to be effective learners. Nevertheless, no educational system is perfect. Let's explore some of the pros and cons of homeschooling.
You can adjust the lessons in any homeschool program according to your children's pace, capability and learning style. The structure in homeschooling plans is more adaptable. This also help your children not to feel pressure. Your children have the option to start or finish their assignment on their own comfortable time.

In public schools, students have to follow a fixed time schedule and curriculum. But in the homeschooling program, it is far more flexible because it does not have a fixed time table and curriculum. The systems can be modified to suit your children's learning style.

The curriculum in the homeschool program is not structured. You have the freedom and spontaneity in planning and teaching the lessons and organizing activities. If you are creative, you can incorporate fun ideas to make the lesson more interesting. Sometimes, you can plan outdoor activities for your children such as a visit to the zoo or musuem.

Lack of social interaction
In public schools, students tend to interact more as compared to homeschoolers. As the children grow up, they need develop social skills so that they can interact with people. Many believe that the homeschooling is poor in this area. Some smart parents overcome the lack of social interaction by planning social activities with other parents who homeschool their kids.

Time constraints
You have to prepare to spend time when you homeschool your children. You need to give your full attention because you are the teacher who replaces the responsibilities of a public school teacher. If not, your lessons will not be executed smoothly. Time is required in making visuals and going through worksheets. The benefit is that you don't need to spend money on tutors. But if both you and your spouses are working, then one of you have to quit job in order to teach at home. Provided your financial health is good, having only one working parent will not pose any money problem for your family.
Homeschooling is not that simple as it looks. You have to examine the homeschooling pros and cons before you jump into it. My advice to parents is that take time to evaluate your situation. It must be something both you and your spouse can manage. It is not just a financial matter but whether you are able to carry out the duties as a teacher. Not forgetting that it is always harder to teach your own children.

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