So you are considering education alternatives for your child and home schooling is one of them? For some families, home school is a excellent option and has wonderful benefits for your child, however, it is not for everyone and if you think it will be easy then you are in for a big surprise. Home schooling takes dedication, determination, time and a great working relationship with your child. Here are some questions that you should ask yourself before taking the leap into home school.
1. Time – Are you able to provide at least 5 hours of supervised instruction daily for grades 1 through 8 and 3 hours for kindergartners?
2. Relationship – Do you have a good and understandable working relationship with your child (Remember you have to separate mommy/daddy from teacher).
3. Enthusiasm – Can you demonstrate a great enthusiasm for learning? Enthusiasm from you can turn into enthusiasm from the child.
4. Confidence – Do you have the confidence that you can instruct on all the subjects offered in the curriculum?
5. Accountability – Will you be accountable to make sure that the child completes and turns in all their assignments?
6. Willingness – Are you willing to meet with a supervising teacher weekly or bi-weekly?
7. Environment – Can you provide an appropriate learning environment for your child?
8. Benefit – Do you believe that your child could benefit from being taught at home?
9. Question – Do you want to teach your child and does your child want to be taught by you?
If all of these questions were answered by a “yes” than home schooling might be a healthy alternative for you.
Families choose home schooling for many reasons.
1. They are unhappy with their district school for some reason
2. They would like to have their child subjected to more one on one instruction
3. Some children have health issues that cause poor attendance
4. Religious issues
5. Higher learning expectations
6. Bullying taking place at school
7. Certain disorders causing distractions
8. Students who live a long distance from schools or bus stops
9. Or just because the parent wants to have full involvement in their education
I don’t believe home schooling is solution for a child who has disciplinary issues at his or her school; for instance being suspended, expelled, or has been placed in a community day school or juvenile detention facility. Home schooling is a commitment and it is for students who have the capability and the desire to learn without being in a classroom.
Home schooling also offers the flexibility for a child to learn at their own pace or get the extra attention in areas they are lacking in. It also provides a student to advance ahead instead of waiting for the rest of his/her class which creates less boredom and more freedom to move forward or slow down.
Home schooling is a huge commitment but the end result can be extremely rewarding. If you are serious about teaching your child at home, do the researches, ask questions, and view the curriculum. Speak with like minded individuals who are seasoned in the at home teaching. More than likely they would be more then happy to give you some helpful tips on becoming a successful parent teacher.