Homeschooling can be wonderful or a huge hassle. Some common reasons for thinking about it are a move to a remote location, problems with other children, or difficult time learning in the typical school environment.
I was homeschooled because I have ADD. I had a difficult time concentrating while sitting for long periods of time. This caused me to spend a lot of time in the principal’s office, and not a lot of time actually learning in school.
One of the pros to homeschooling is a completely individualized learning plan. The student can learn about whatever they wish, on their own time. This can lead to a lot of procrastination. My parents had a heck of a time trying to get me to write and do projects for different subjects. But, I was able to learn what I wanted and also expand my horizons with many trips to museums and the zoo.
Broader Social Network
While I was being homeschooled I met many people that I would have never found had I been at school all day. Many of the people I met were in my mother’s generation which caused me to think differently. I spoke to them about politics and local events, it made me mature mentally a little faster than children my age in public or private school.
There are homeschool groups out there as well. Where parents and children meet up a few times a month to make sure everyone is meeting their goals. Sometimes taking field trips or hiring public speakers. Most of the younger people I met were part of these groups, and I was all right with that. I still do not entirely understand why poop jokes are so funny, I think I missed that lesson.
Having a say in their own education does help children become more independent. Realizing that decisions they make have an effect on their life. I realized that saying I wanted to go to an amusement park to learn about physics was a bad idea. My father is a mechanic in a factory and used to work on jets in the Air Force. I spent the majority of the day learning how the rides worked. I was bored out of my mind, but I know the mechanics of why roller coasters run.
My family moved around a bit when I was younger which probably was another reason for homeschooling. One of the major pros to homeschooling is the fact that it can be done anywhere. Lessons about photosynthesis at parks, and learning about art from the greatest museums in the United States are some of my favorite memories.
Is Homeschooling Right For Your Family?
It is indeed a family affair to homeschool children. You need to put in the effort of making lesson plans, arranging field trips, and getting the child to actually do the work. It can be fun, but it is a huge responsibility. Before making the decision I would suggest a family meeting to make sure everyone is on the same page and willing to commit. Also, looking at premade homeschooling courses can be a good option if you are unsure about your competency to teach certain subjects.