Choosing To Homeschool
Is Homeschooling right for you?
Choosing to homeschool is becoming a very popular alternative for parents who are looking at different approach to their childs education.
There are however many different aspects of homeschooling that you must consider, before deciding if this is the right route for your
child and family.
Many parents with special needs children choose homeschooling as a more relaxed alternative, especially if the child if medically fragile,
physically disabled or severely delayed. School days are planned around doctors visit or therapy, allowing the child to progress at
their own pace without the added stress of performing at school or having to catch up the work that was missed.
Parents who choose to homeschool enjoy many advantages. One of the most obvious being the educational flexibility. Introducing levels
of work to you child when they are ready for it, as apposed to when the class is ready. If your child understands a concept you can
move on, but if they are having trouble with a subject you can spend more time with them until they have mastered the problem areas.
Another huge advantage when choosing to homeschooling is the ability to modify a curriculum to suit your Childs learning abilities.
For many parents with special needs children, having control of their Childs education is very important. You are in control of
teaching them concepts and ideas that will help them reach their full potential, and focus on areas that are important for them to one
day live a successful and independent life.
Homeschooling also allows you to protect your child from violence at schools, teasing, bulling and inappropriate behaviour that can be
picked up from other students.
Although there are many advantages to homeschooling, there are also disadvantages.
The biggest concern most parents have,when choosing to homeschool is the lack of socialization that homeschooling children experience. This only becomes a problem
if the child is taught at home and never leaves the home environment. There are many ways for you to allow interaction with other
children, but this solely becomes the parents responsibility to allow for socialising outside of the home.
Another disadvantage is that parents are overwhelmed when they are completely responsible for their Childs education, and it requires
a lot of time and parental involvement. You will spend the majority of the day with your child, lessons have to be prepared and
outings organised. Most parents throw in the towel because they didnt realise that it would be this much work.
So if you are choosing to homeschool, how do you know if this is right for you?
Here are some points to consider when exploring your options:
Choosing to homeschool your child is not a lifetime commitment. Take it one year at a time, and see how it goes.
You dont have to be a qualified teacher to successfully homeschool , and if circumstances change, or you find that this is really not
for you or your child, you can always place them back into the schooling system the following year.
Your childs success in their education and their ability to reach their full potential will be greatly influenced by your choices
regarding their schooling methods. If you are considering homeschooling as an educational option, be sure to research all the aspects
involved so that you can make the right decision for your child and family.
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