Is Homeschooling The Answer?
Despite the obvious flaws in the system, there are still many who believe that public school is the answer. Many aspects of the public school systems were hard won and do, indeed, improve the future prospects of young people all over the country.
However there are obvious problems that are directly related to your child's experiences at public school. It is far too common these days to be ignored: sending your child to public school can be damaging. There are many factors involved, of course, mainly the area in which you live and/or send your child to school. Surely, we can all relate to how traumatic certain aspects of public school life can be. Each of us has no doubt known someone who was or who were, themselves, the victim of bullying.
You should also keep in mind that your children are not only learning from the teachers at the school. They learn from the other students, both in their classes and on the bus rides, and they also learn from the bus drivers and other adults they come into contact with. This is not always for the best, as children are often easily influenced to negative behavior. Too many times we have seen a strong personality lead a somewhat weaker one into unfortunate situations that perhaps could have been prevented.
There is a strong argument in favor of homeschooling, and in many cases, it is the best option. Homeschooling your child allows you to have more control, and more of a voice, in what your child is learning and from whom. You get to decide who they spend their time with and for how long, which may sound controlling but the alternative is having No control. As we parents are held responsible for their behavior, we should have more of a hand in controlling that behavior.
A Personal Approach
Not only does homeschooling allow you to stay at home and make sure your house is safe, but homeschooling your child can also encourage bonding time that you would not ordinarily have. They leave for school as early as 7 a.m. and sometimes do not get home until nearly dinner time! You rarely get to see them or spend any quality time with them on that schedule. If they are involved in any sort of sports or after school activity, the amount of time you get to spend with them is even less.
Homeschooling allows you to spend every day with your child. This gives you a real chance to get to know them. You will get to see what approach works best for your child, even if you have more than one. In a more personalized setting, with the direct attention of mom or dad, as the case may be, your child will be less prone to behavioral problems. It also allows you the opportunity to personalize your child's curriculum to best suit their needs. Imagine taking your class time into the backyard at dusk, or to a hiking trail for a nature walk. Your home security cameras can serve “double duty” by using them to capture those precious and often humorous moments during class.
There are many sites that offer various curriculum, such as HSLDA: Homeschooling Through The Early Years and HSLDA: Homeschooling Through High School. Choosing the best one will depend on your child's learning style and needs. Many other sites, such as Business Insider and Lemon Lime Adventures, offer wisdom and advice on homeschooling.
Life Changing Decisions
There was a time when parents taught their own children what they needed to know. These days that happens less and less. Of course, life changed, and parents have less time to spend with their children. How can you teach them what they need to know if you rarely see them?
When homeschooling your children, every minute of every day can be a learning experience. Whether its a visit to the grocery store or planned visits to historic and educational places, every adventure is a new opportunity to learn.