Written By: The Green Crunchy Mother
Over the past two decades, the number of children being homeschooled has increased by leaps and bounds. If so many parents are now choosing to homeschool their kids, surely there must be several advantages to it over conventional schooling?
This article will look at the benefits of homeschooling children. Let’s take a look!
1. Teaching that is customized to your child’s unique learning capabilities, personality and abilities.
Conventional schools tend to view children as a group and there is a sense that the teaching methods are a “one-size-fits-all” type. Of course, this works for many kids but what if your child would do better in school if they had a teaching method that was suited to their individual needs? Homeschooling sees children as individuals and there is a lot of room to tailor the education according to how your child learns best.
In addition, if your child struggles with a certain subject, you are able to spend more time on this area and bring in more resources. On the other hand, if your child is more talented in a certain subject, instead of feeling bored in class, you can accelerate teaching.
Some children are visual (as opposed to auditory) learners and if this sounds like your child, with homeschooling you can customize your teaching method to include more visual cues.
2) Your child is encouraged to ask questions and explore concepts.
In a regular school, teachers would like to (but often don’t have the time to) encourage their students to follow their natural curiosity, ask questions and to explore concepts.
With the one-on-one style of homeschooling, questions and exploration is very much encouraged as there is time for this.
When your child explores concepts on their own, they are developing their ability to research and to teach themselves facts and concepts. This also helps them to develop a deep love for learning which will last throughout their lives.
3) Your child will benefit from a better teacher-to-student ratio.
It is a well-known fact that the better the school or method of education, the lower the teacher-to-student ratio. Many public schools, especially in highly-populated urban areas, have high numbers of students in each classroom which does not allow everyone access to individual attention by the teacher.
With homeschooling, you have a dedicated teacher for your child. This helps your child to develop a connection with the teacher which increases the chances of academic success.
If you homeschool your child, you already have a great love for the child and will be more likely to go out of your way to ensure that they receive the best possible education.
4) You know what you are getting.
Children who go to conventional schools may be happy with their teachers one year but may have a negative experience the next year when the teacher changes. This is a bit like playing Russian Roulette as you never quite know what kind of education your child will receive in any given year.
Parents who homeschool their children do not have this problem because your child is being taught by the same person on a year-to-year basis. As a parent, you know your child better than anyone and can therefore allow them to have top quality education that accommodates to their specific needs.
5) Any emotional issues can be dealt with immediately.
Children can have both positive and negative reactions to situations around them. When they experience fear, anger or jealousy, because their brains are still developing, they can have difficulty processing these emotions.
Teachers at conventional schools sometimes do not pick up on their students’ emotional struggles due to the large size of the classes and this can cause your child to bottle up their feelings and act out.
As a parent who homeschools their child, you would notice right away if your son or daughter was battling emotionally and would be able to nip it in the bud immediately.
6) Educational content is usually better.
On the whole, educational material for homeschooling is far superior than that of regular schools. With homeschooling, you also have the option of selecting material that is the most appropriate for you child.
Do you homeschool your child? Have you ever considered it?