Why You Should Homeschool Your Child

Over 1.7 Million Children Are Home Schooled In the U.S.

This subject has been written about often, but I’m not sure that all the advantages of home schooling have been discussed. Lots of people who favor or choose to home school their children still don’t seem to think outside of the box and tend to structure their home school after public and private schools.

For people concerned about teaching their children social skills; how to get along with many different kinds of people, and how to work as part of a team towards a common goal, please see my article on Home School and Socializing Your Child. You can access it just above the comments box, or by clicking on my photo on the upper right side of this article.

Home Schooling Offers Many Advantages

Children can work at their own speed, whether that is faster or slower, when home schooled.
Children can work at their own speed, whether that is faster or slower, when home schooled. | Source
Lessons can be tailored to the child with homeschooling.
Lessons can be tailored to the child with homeschooling. | Source

Moving At Your Child's Learning Pace

One of the advantages of home schooling is that you can choose how you want to structure your day and you can choose your curriculum to fit your student (child). Here is a list of advantages you may not have thought of . . .

Perhaps the most important advantage of home schooling your child is that you can move at your child’s pace.

Most public and private schools go at the same pace for every child in the classroom as well as every child at a particular academic grade level.

In public school, every child gets pretty much the same treatment, sort of like widgets on an assembly line or conveyor belt in a factory. That is generally too fast for some children and too slow for others. The slower children get lost and fall behind, and the quicker students get bored to tears and fidget, and sometimes become distractions in the classroom.

Even the brightest students will sometimes have trouble grasping certain concepts, so when I say slower students, that doesn’t necessarily reflect on any student’s overall ability. It simply means that some students may need more time than others to absorb the concepts of a particular subject, while other students may need less time.

With so many students to accommodate in public schools, it usually is not possible to take the needs of individual children into consideration -- children who are not the average. With home school, you can go as fast as your child is capable of going, or as slowly as your child needs to go, through the material you are presenting.

You will probably find that your child grasps some subjects more easily and quickly than others, and that is the reason it is so important to be able to slow down or speed up according to your child’s ability in different subjects.

It is possible too, that with individual instruction like you can provide for your child in home school, your child will grasp concepts more quickly and move along faster than s/he would do in a formal classroom setting.

If your child is having trouble with a particular subject or material within that subject in a formal classroom setting with several other students, your child would likely be left to muddle through on his or her own.

Or if your child grasps new information quickly, s/he may end up bored sitting on their hard seats waiting for other children in the room to grasp the new concepts. Neither scenario is desirable. Home schooling is an excellent solution to this type of problem.

Include Your Child's Favorite Things In Lessons

Another advantage to home schooling is that you can structure many of the things your child needs to learn around your child’s specific interests.

Obviously your child needs to learn a variety of things to have a well rounded comprehensive education, but when learning to read for example, you might choose to read more books on your child’s interest in baseball, space travel, dancing, or animals, or whatever your child’s interest happens to be, during the actual process of learning to read.

Including your child's favorite things in the curriculum as much as possible will make learning more interesting and fun for your child.

Learning should be fun as much as possible. When a child is enjoying what they are doing, they learn more quickly and easily.

You can introduce other subjects gradually as your child’s reading skills become stronger, but for the initial learning process, books on your child’s favorite subjects will likely make learning to read easier and faster. This is often true more for boys since some boys tend to learn reading and language skills more slowly than girls.

When introducing new subjects, formulating the lessons as much as possible around subjects that you know interest your child can make learning the new information easier and more fun for him or her. It can also give a child an incentive to want to learn more because s/he is able to link the material in his or her own mind, to things they already care about.

An example of what I am trying to explain: When I was teaching my own child about money, and how to add and subtract money, I used mail order catalogs as a teaching tool for part of the lessons.

My daughter liked to shop, so I assigned her some lessons where she would choose a few items from one of the mail order toy catalogs we had received. Her assignment was to make out the order form correctly with all purchases, plus shipping, and sales tax, added together with a total for the order. She had to read and follow the instructions for placing an order and could ask questions as necessary if she needed help.

That lesson required that she add the total of her purchases along with shipping charges and sales tax together using decimals to separate dollars from cents. She learned to add money correctly, and at the same time she learned how to place a mail or telephone order. She strengthened her skill for reading and following instructions. She exercised her decision-making skills.

When she had completed that part of her lesson, I asked her to remove a couple of the items from her order that she had chosen in order to lower the total expense. That required that she make decisions about what items to remove and then take the total of their costs away from the original order total that she was already working with. She had to first subtract the items not being purchased from the total purchases, and then re-figure the shipping and tax. This required not only adding and subtracting money with decimals involved, but also included a decision-making aspect on her part.

This is just one example of how you might incorporate your child’s interests into his or her lessons. This was just a lesson and my daughter knew from the beginning that this was just an exercise, and that none of the items would actually be ordered or purchased.

Weather and Emergencies Are Easier To Manage

When you home school your child(ren) there is less concern for the weather. If there is a rainstorm, your child does not have to stand in the rain waiting for the school bus, or walk to school in the rain.

If there is a blizzard, you do not have to worry whether or not the school will close, whether you child will be sent home early from school, or whether the school bus driver will be able to navigate the situation safely.

Tornado warnings, strong winds, and severe weather of all kinds will no longer be an issue of concern for your child’s safety when you home school.

Your child will be at home with you so that you can act according to what you believe is in his or her best interests and safety regarding any emergency situation, not just those that are weather related.

Your Child Is Less Likely to Miss School and Fall Behind

Your child need not miss school and fall behind in what is expected of him or her. You can even allow your child some time to play outside and enjoy the snow with the other children in the neighborhood if that is the situation, and lessons can be made up before or after that unexpected, unplanned playtime.

You can make up missed lessons on the weekend if something interferes with them during your usual school time, or in the evening. Your home school can be far more versatile and react more quickly to whatever situation or challenge presents itself. There is no bureaucracy to wait for to see what that bureaucratic decision will be.

If your child gets sick you can restructure your lessons to fit around their illness. If they have a mild cold that might have prevented them from attending public school, it may not prevent them from doing some lessons in home school. You may choose to lighten the usual curriculum to allow for more rest, but there may be some lessons that could still go forward.

It is possible that your child will catch fewer colds and be exposed to germs far less in home school than they would in a public school setting. Much depends on how many outside activities your child is involved in where they may be exposed to germs, but still not on the same level as being in public school all day long.

In Home School Your Child Cannot Avoid Class Participation

In public school your child may manage to get by not doing his or her homework, and may find a way to avoid class participation for days or weeks at a time.

This can result in your child’s teacher not being aware of whether or not your child is grasping his or her lessons as well as they should and possibly falling behind, or not having a firm understanding of the material. In home school, that should not happen.

My daughter had no chance of avoiding her need to be able to answer questions during lessons because she was the only student. If there was a problem with her understanding something, it was immediately evident so that it could be addressed.

The ability to give your child the necessary attention and instruction s/he needs to complete lessons successfully is a huge advantage of home schooling.

Identifying any problems with comprehension of the material can be done quickly and avoided so that you child will have a good grasp of all of the material.

You Have More Control Over the Influences in Your Child’s Life

Being able to control the influences in your child’s life is also a benefit of home schooling. No one can control what their child sees and hears 100 percent of the time, but home school can certainly increase a parent’s ability to minimize the time their child(ren) spends with other young people who may be a bad influence in behavior and attitude.

No doubt a lot of people will be offended by this statement, but many children end up on drugs or involved in risky sexual situations, or worse, because they were influenced or pressured by other students in their public or private school.

As a home schooling parent you can control who most of the other people in your child’s life are and you may choose outside activities accordingly.

Providing a Well-Rounded Education is Essential

Preventing your child(ren) from getting to know other people who may be different is not a good way to give them a well-rounded education.

Ideally you will want your child(ren) to get to know people with different religious and political views, and whose family may live a lifestyle different from your own, but allowing them to hang out with other children who smoke or are involved in questionable activities is another matter.

Children need to learn that there are many philosophies in this world and most of the time it is not a matter of right and wrong, but a matter of tolerating differences and learning to live with people who see the world differently.

Simply being different or having a different perspective is not a bad thing. Getting involved in crime, using drugs, smoking, and engaging in risky sexual behavior is another matter.

Your Thoughts On Homeschooling

Nearly 1.5 million children are homeschooled in this country and more parents are choosing homeschool everyday. What is your opinion of homeschool?

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Teaching Values and Judgment

Giving children time to develop good judgment and confidence in their judgment before they must confront peer pressure to get involved in undesirable activities is important.

Giving children time to acquire good judgment and confidence goes a long way in helping children avoid so many of the problems we see young people fall prey to in public and private schools everyday.

Children need to learn to use good judgment and make good decisions. They need to learn how to deal with people of questionable character who may attempt to pressure them into engaging in unwise behaviors. They will do that more successfully when they are older and have developed confidence in who they are and what their values are.

Young people are not always confident in standing up for what they know is correct. They want to fit in and they want to be liked.

Sometimes young people place more importance on fitting in than perhaps they should when they are ages 5 through 18.

Helping them establish good values and build confidence in their values will give them the tools they need to stand up to people who may try to influence them adversely.

With good instruction starting early on, children are more likely to form good values. They are less likely to form bad habits and engage in risky activities.

Children and young people are less inclined to feel the need to fit in with people of questionable character when they feel confident that they can stand up to anyone pressuring them to do things they know are risky.

At an older age when they have had a chance to build confidence in good values and behaviors, they are more likely to choose not to smoke or use drugs when confronted with those opportunities.

When children and young people are older and more confident in their abilities and decisions, they are less likely to engage in risky sexual activities and crime when dared or encouraged by peers.

With good instruction, and the time needed to build their confidence and values, young people are far less likely to want to fit in or concern themselves with being liked by people who will bring them down and get them into trouble.

© 2011 C E Clark

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Robert Sacchi 5 months ago

Thank you. I appreciate the detailed answer.

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Au fait 5 months ago from North Texas Author

Robert Sacchi, thank you for your question. No, I do not think that is why that expression, "religious nuts," came about. In the beginning most people who did so, homeschooled because they were unhappy that religion wasn't included more in public schools. As you know they want formal prayer in the schools, etc., and would like Christianity taught regularly.

Unfortunately a lot of people who homeschool for religious reasons do not always give their children the best education. Not even on the Bible, from my perspective. I have seen children whose main curriculum was the Bible and I fear for them when they must go out into the world and make a living, because IMHO they were greatly at a disadvantage not having learned anything that wasn't in the Bible. Of course not all religious homeschoolers are so lax with their curriculum, but sadly, many are.

Some states regulate home school very heavily, and for children who would only be taught the Bible, I think regulation and many state requirements are a good thing. Here in Texas where I am, there is hardly any regulation and the requirements are very slight. Only Alaska is more homeschool friendly.

As I have stated previously, I (and my husband) did not choose homeschooling for religious reasons. If religion were taught in the public schools that would have (IMO) been one more reason to homeschool. I don't want just anyone teaching my child about the Bible. There are many interpretations of the Bible. Almost as many as the number of people who read it -- and there aren't nearly enough people who do read it. Most of the interpretations are wrong or leave a lot out. Most people take verses out of context.

So I preferred to teach my child Christianity also. I felt I could do a better job than the public schools and I felt it would be an advantage to my child to be able to move along at her own pace rather than the pace of the slowest student in her class. I remember being so bored in school, and her father had the same problem. There were other issues too.

I think mainly public school teachers resist homeschool because they believe it threatens their jobs and livelihood. What if everyone or even most people homeschooled? How would that effect public schools?

I also think that like myself, some teachers have seen how some parents limit their schooling to the Bible and fear for the futures of these children.

Not everyone is cut out to teach their children or know where to start. I don't advocate that everyone homeschool, though I do think if one is able to do so, it can be a great advantage to their child(ren), and their family.

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Robert Sacchi 5 months ago

Do you think the belief only "religious nuts" homeschool their children is spread to try to steer people away from considering homeschooling?

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Au fait 5 months ago from North Texas Author

Colorfulone, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this subject.

1.7 million children are home schooled in the U.S. nowadays.

About 2/3 of the people who took my poll on this article think only religious nuts homeschool their children, I would say that I did not do it for that reason. Indeed, if prayer were in the schools the way some people would like it to be, that would have been another reason, IMO, to homeschool my daughter.

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colorfulone 6 months ago from Minnesota

I home schooled my children and it was rewarding to do. They did go to public school of extra curricular activities, like music because I could teach them that. So, they did get to go on several outings to perform with the school orchestra, and I loved hearing them play.

I hope more parents will choose home schooling, it really is a better way to instill good family values, in my honest opinion.

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Au fait 8 months ago from North Texas Author

Robert Sacchi, thank you for coming by and commenting. I believe one should utilize the advantages of home schooling. Otherwise, why do it? I rewalize everyone isn't able to homeschool their child(ren) for a variety of reasons, but if possible, I do think it's the best education one could give their child.

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Robert Sacchi 8 months ago

Interesting article. These are outside the box ideas and advantages of home schooling.

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Au fait 15 months ago from North Texas Author

Sharon, thank you for commenting on this article! Agree with you entirely. Home schooling isn't for everyone, but for those who can manage it I think it is a great advantage is so many ways. Who is doing the homeschooling is indeed extremely important.

Hope you and John are enjoying the Christmas spirit that is in the air. Blessings and hugs! Merry Christmas!

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Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago

I thought I shared this but did not see it in the feed. So I came back to share this.

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Shyron E Shenko 15 months ago

Au fait, I think a lot of children would benefit from home schooling, on the other hand a lot of children would not benefit from home schooling, I think that everything depends on the one doing the home schooling.

Very interesting hub.

Blessings and Hugs, hope all is well with you.

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Au fait 19 months ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W., thank you for commenting on and sharing this article!

The sales tax here in Texas is 8.25% I think. So you have a whole weekend to buy things without having to pay taxes, but if you think about it, buying things on sale for 10% or more off is a bigger savings. You save the 8.25% plus another 1.75% or more if the item is marked down more. Good sales of 20% off or more save you much more than simply not paying the sales tax. Plus our governments are better able to make ends meet.

Cutting your work hours or quitting your job makes no sense when you're household budget has a crisis, so why does anyone think cutting taxes for those people most able to pay their share will help resolve any budget deficiencies our government has?

I know everyone likes to demonize taxes, but with the tax free weekend, you really cut off your nose to spite your face. You can actually save more by taking advantage of a good sale, plus when you pay your taxes you help keep our government from having to make cuts in services. They will make cuts in the taxes for the rich no matter what. Many of the wealthy already pay not a penny in income taxes. It's politicians' way of saying thank you for putting millions of dollars in their PACs.

Some people like to whine because of all the freebies poor people supposedly get, but in fact nothing is free. Allowing people to go without healthcare and infect everyone around them if what they have is communicable, or providing healthcare to them if needed -- neither is free. Each action has a cost. In some cases the cost may be in picking up a non-curable disease that will be a PIA for the rest of your life -- or that will shorten your life considerably -- or that of a loved one. Everything has a price. Even denying people necessary healthcare has a price, and it may be very dear, you just never know.

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Peggy W 19 months ago from Houston, Texas

This time of year people will be thinking of getting their kids prepped with clothing and supplies for going back to school. Those who are thinking of home schooling or already doing it can still take advantage of that tax free weekend which comes up every year in this state to help parent's budgets with respect to those charges when buying those items. It is a nice break for others as well when purchasing the allowed types of clothing, etc.

The nice thing about home schooling is that the calendar is not so much of a concern. Schooling is year round in one manner or another. Kids learn things everyday whether they are home schooled or not...whether in a formal setting or just experiencing life on a day to day basis. Sharing this once again.

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Au fait 22 months ago from North Texas Author

Poetryman6969, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue and for the up vote. More and more people are choosing to home school their children every year. Agree that it's a bad idea to turn one's children over to the assembly line system where all children get the same treatment no matter what, but don't always turn out the same -- a double edged sword. There are many disadvantages to the assembly line system that is our public schools and our educational system at this time.

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poetryman6969 22 months ago

Some interesting and useful information on home schooling . Voted up.

It is possible that some folks won't notice that they have raised a stranger with very different values than they have until the child is 18 years old. You would think that home schoolers would be less likely to find themselves estranged from their kids values.

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Au fait 23 months ago from North Texas Author

Pstraubie48, I think you make valid points also. I agree that much has been of late that is not beneficial to the students and working with some of them, I'm thinking it's becoming more and more of a grand babysitting service where they learn all the other student's bad habits and provide jobs for incompetents. Yes, there are some great teachers out there, but I think more and more the best ones are choosing to leave rather than put up with what is happening now.

Thank you for reading and commenting on this article and especially for sharing your thoughts and for sending the angels . . .

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pstraubie48 23 months ago from sunny Florida

As a teacher in public schools for over forty years, I read this with interest. You have made some really valid points, Aufait.

I retired early due to personal family illness but would have had to stop teaching before my planned retirement at 72 because so much has been done to destroy our schools but those who have no clue how it should work. But that is a whole other story. Suffice it to say, it is not teachers (most of them) that is wrong with education ...it is all the BS.

I home schooled my eldest grandson as he has been sick all of his life with cancer and immune disorders so he could not attend school.

Now I am home schooling my baby grandson until this fall when his Momma will see how school works for him. We shall see.

If it does not work, (he is very bright)...then I will resume as his educator.

Thanks for sharing Angels are once again on the way to you this morning ps

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Denise Handlon, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. I see many advantages to homeschooling for those who can do it, but I still support public school for those children who would have nothing if they didn't have that. I know all parents aren't cut out to educate their children and public school needs to be available to all children so they always have that to fall back on. Thank you also for the votes and share!

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Shyron, for the votes and sharing this article as well as for sharing your own experiences.

Schools are very different now from when I, or your sons, went to school. Not having to master anything in one grade before being promoted to the next is just scratching the surface of the many differences that have taken place over the years.

When ordinary normal 6th graders can't count to 20 and don't know where any state is on the map, something is wrong.

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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas Author

Aunt Jimi, thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. As you know I work for our local school district and I am more concerned with what goes on in our schools every day. I do not believe cutbacks in funding are helping anyone and I fear what the end result will be if more states do as Louisiana and go entirely to a voucher system with no public schools.

Thanks for the votes and share!

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Denise Handlon 2 years ago from North Carolina

Hi AuFait. I've always supported public schooling until lately. There are many reasons to support home schooling, and you've come up with some excellent explanations here. The decision is a personal one and often depends on the child - parent relationship. But, I support and have a better understanding of why parents choose to home school.

Great article and rated UP/U/I and shared.

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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

Au fait, I did not know about home schooling when my two boys were little, and I had to finish school after they were born.

In hindsight, I would not be where I am today, had I finished school before marriage and had my boys.

Today I am where I belong and my sons are better for having attended the schools they did. Of this I am sure.

Wonderful hub

Voted thumbs up, UABI shared and pinned.

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Aunt Jimi 2 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

Homeschool is becoming more and more popular, especially as politicians mess with the school system like they have and are doing in Louisiana with privatizing the public schools.

I know your daughter and she is a smart cookie, and that is your doing with homeschooling her from start to finish. With all the cutbacks in funding education it is going to get harder and harder to provide a good education through our public schools -- if there are any left in a few years.

Really like this article and I hope it inspires people to at least think seriously about doing it for their own children.

Voted up, shared, and all that.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

DDE, thank you for commenting on this article. Personally, I think anyone who is able to home school their child should to it for lots of good reasons, not only safety -- which is by itself a good reason.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you JayeWisdom for reading, commenting, and voting on this article! I consider your lengthy comment a worthwhile addition to this hub. Personally, I often read the comments on a hub because I think there is often wisdom -- not just 'Wisdom ';) -- in them, and many of them add so much to the text of the hub, as yours does. Very much appreciate your sharing your thoughts on this issue.

If I had it to do all over again, I now have 3 times as many good reasons to home school my daughter than I had when I started 25 years ago. Working for our local school district and seeing first hand what goes on and what is done, I have all but lost every ounce of confidence in our school system.

I still think public and/or private school is better than nothing -- if that (nothing) is the alternative for a student, but if any parent can find a way to home school their child(ren), I truly believe that is the best choice, until our broken public school system is made healthy and whole again.

Thanks again for sharing your thoughts, Jaye!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you moonlake, for the vote and the share! Yes, some schools are willing to allow children to participate in certain programs without depending on the school for all of their education. There are also Home School Associations in most areas that sponsor 'extra curricular' activities like sports, music, theater, etc., so that home schooled children around the area can participate in these things as a group.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Cashmere, thank you for reading, and for sharing your own experience in helping your child to learn. Parents are always the first teacher children have, and it has been determined by scientists that most people learn 80% of they will ever know by the age of 5. I know things are different in India than here. I can tell you I am so glad every day that I home schooled my daughter (now 25), and if I had it to do over again, I would do the same thing.

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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Advantages of Home Schooling Your Child interesting about the advantages and that public schools are not the same as before especially the dangers sounds a great idea

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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

By the way, if this comment is too long and "windy", it's okay with me if you delete it....Jaye

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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

This is an excellent (and still timely) hub, Au fait. There are so many dangers prevalent in public schools these days, from exposure of children to drugs to vicious emotional bullying to some psychopath walking in off the street and shooting everyone in sight. Very scary for parents....and no doubt one of the drivers of the increasing home school movement.

Public schools are dangerous places for children and also for teachers and administrators. I was told by a teacher who taught junior high classes at an inner-city school that she was actually afraid of her students and could not maintain discipline in the classroom. Can anyone learn (or teach) in such an environment? I don't think so. The students who are motivated to learn in spite of those conditions will do so outside of the classroom. They are essentially "home schooling" themselves, perhaps with help from parents and other significant caregivers in their lives.

As for learning opportunities, too many public schools have classrooms crammed with far too large a complement of students. These do not offer students much (if any) one-on-one attention from harried teachers. I have nothing but respect and admiration for teachers at all levels of the public school system, but much of the system itself is strained these days--not an optimal situation for teaching or acquiring an education.

I know home-schooled students of various ages, all of whom are learning at two or three grade levels above where they would be slotted in public school. I also know young people who were homeschooled through twelve grades and were more prepared for college than the average public school student. By the way, this may seem like a minor consideration to some, but all of the home-schooled students of my acquaintance are much more courteous and well-mannered than any public school student I know or have encountered. I'm convinced peer pressure in groups plays a role in behavior (including the mob mentality of groups that bully.)

I realize that public schools are better in some states than in others and even specific locations within states. (I'm speaking, of course, about U.S. schools.) Some poor school districts can't provide all of the supplies normally furnished by a school and needed to teach classes. They ask parents to help with this burden. This situation creates tiered learning--school districts divided into "haves" and "have-nots." Now that I think of it, it's a microcosm of contemporary American society!

If I were a young mother today, I would be home-schooling my children. A great deal of my own knowledge was acquired through lifelong self-study (which I continue and will as long as I'm able to read) rather than in public school and, to a lesser extent, college.

Yes, I learned most of the basics in elementary school, but I think this was because I attended a small rural school with very small classes for the first few grades. Also, I had an understanding mother who encouraged me to read anything that interested me, which is why I was enthralled with the topic of psychotherapy when I was nine!

It was in college that I was introduced to concepts that contributed immensely to who I ultimately am as a person, for which I'm grateful. I believe the average home-schooled student is more prepared to learn in college or university than the undergraduate who completed twelve grades of public school and may not even know how to study.

Early in my career, I spent eight years working in a community college with an "open door policy" where I was appalled at the number of entry-level students who could not write a sentence, could not spell, read poorly with a lack of comprehension, couldn't do very simple math accurately--in short, were just short of illiterate. These students needed remedial classes before they could hope to start learning anything from regular courses. I doubt that's changed in three decades, but I hazard a guess that it's more severe.

One of the skills I believe most home-schooled students learn is to research and add to what they're taught by their own reading, whether that reading is guided or self-directed. This skill will serve them well all through life, including in their chosen careers. It may be taught in some schools and encouraged by individual teachers, but I don't think it takes a place of importance in the public school curriculum.

Lest my lengthy discourse appears to be bashing the public school system, let me reiterate that I have a very high regard for anyone who teaches in public school or serves as a school administrator. This is true particularly in my state, where education is not prized enough by the governor (with one past exception) and state legislature that they are willing to pay teachers and other educators decent salaries. That these teachers remain in the educational field when they could be earning a lot more elsewhere--with much less aggravation--makes them heroes in my eyes. Need I say that my state has a high public school student drop-out rate?

Sorry to hijack your comments section, Au fait. Looks as though I had a lot I wanted to get off my chest vis-a-vis avenues of learning. Thanks for your patience.

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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I have know people that home school but they do get their kids into all the sports at the school. This day and age with all that goes on in the schools I think it might be a good idea. Voted up and shared.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Hezekiah, thank you for commenting on this article. More and more parents in the U.S. are choosing to home school their children for a variety of reasons. I did it because I thought I could do a better job and because it allowed me to have more control over my daughter's safety and the influences in her life. She is now 25 and her education far exceeds that of most high-school grads -- she has a GED.

It is important to set aside time everyday that will have no distractions if a person chooses to home school their child. I would recommend that you set aside some time everyday when you insist your daughter speak nothing but English. Since she's so young, maybe 30 minutes a day when you are able to converse with her. When she's older, say 6 or 7, you might expand it to an hour a day.

Try to get some interesting and colorful children's books that are written in English and read with her everyday. Insist on English during these times. Repetition is important and daily lessons of just talking and reading together will have an amazing affect. Haphazard really doesn't work. There needs to be consistency.

Young children pick up a second language so much more easily than older children or adults and it's often very quick too when they are immersed in that language even for just a few minutes a day, along with reminders throughout the day that may mix English and Japanese in your daughter's case.

I recommend you contact Paul Kuehn who is another hubber and who has been teaching English as a second language in Thailand for several years. He has written about this subject and he may have some great tips for you. Just put Paul Kuehn in the hubpages search box at the top of every page and you'll find him if you don't already know him.

Thanks again for stopping by, and good luck!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W, for tweeting and sharing this article! Working for the local DISD, I find new reasons everyday why I am so glad I home schooled my daughter.

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cashmere 3 years ago from India

While my child goes to regular school, the frequency of our moving about does mean that I end up being his primary teacher. He even says that while its okay to learn in class from teacher's its when mama teaches me that I really understand it.

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Hezekiah 3 years ago from Japan

Nice article, my daughter is only 4 and goes to Kindergarten same as the other kids. However I try to teach her English at home, since we live in Japan (I am British) and her mother is Japanese. Her mother tongue is Japanese and she is not exposed to English very much, so it is difficult for her to pick it up just by me speaking to her.

A lot of distraction at home though.

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Sharing this again. With all of the recent school shootings not to mention other negative influences, many parents may be interested in considering home schooling if they are able. Will also give this another tweet.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Sharkye11, thank you so much for sharing your experience and thoughts on homeschooling! Hearing from people who have been home schooled and how they are doing can make a world of difference to people who are ambivalent about some of the aspects of home schooling.

I think home schooled children are better at getting along with and working with a variety of different people. Research shows that home schooled children tend to be more creative, more self sufficient, and are more often self starters.

Home school is a superior method of educating children when parents are able to do it. It costs less, it's safer, and children can learn at their own pace instead of getting lost or bored on the assembly line. So much time is spent on discipline issues in public schools that I'm surprised children have time to learn or that teachers have time to teach. With so many children graduating and not knowing how to read or do basic math, that would seem to indicate that in fact they aren't learning in public school.

Thanks again for adding valuable information to this article!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

StephanieBCrosby, thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts on the subject of education as it relates to your own children. To be sure everyone is not the same and what works well for one may not work for another.

Working for our local school district I am constantly surprised at how little children are learning these days. I think in many cases it's a glorified overpriced daycare center for all ages. 7th and 8th graders of 'normal' intelligence who don't know where Las Vegas is or where Nevada is or where Wisconsin is, or where any state is for that matter? 6th graders who can't count to 25 without forgetting a couple of numbers? So glad I home schooled my daughter.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Peggy W, thank you for pinning and sharing this article! I had a gazillion reasons for homeschooling my daughter, and even though she will soon be 25, I still discover a new reason every day why I'm so glad I did it!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Kathleen Cochran for reading and sharing your thoughts on this subject. Parents are a child's first teacher and they are the people who have the most influence on a child's morals and values no matter if they attend a public or private school, or are educated at home. Thank you for your kind words.

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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful hub! I thought I would pop in and give you the opinion of someone who was homeschooled. I went to both public school and private school until I finished third grade. I hated going to school. I hated my peers.

I was one of the "smart kids", which automatically earned bullying from others. I wasn't into sports. Some adults may have forgotten this, but peer pressure, cliques and bullies don't wait to appear in high school. Those issues are there in kindergarten. Most smart kids wanted to dumb down, even at that young age, to be accepted into the "fun" group.

What I LOVED about being homeschooled? Everything. I liked that I could learn at my own pace, be that faster or slower than my "peers" in a given subject. I liked that with extra time I wasn't wasting on group activities, I could research and learn about things that I wanted to know, including ancient history, foreign language, art, classic literature, and other things that are not really seen in public school until later years. If not college.

In school, in third grade, I could not read books from the fourth grade shelf in the library. At home, I could read anything I wanted to read. If I had questions, I asked. It was much more of a "well rounded" education than I would have ever received in public school.

As for socialization...I was never lonely. I could talk to anyone of any age group. Unlike in school, where we were discouraged if we were caught "making friends" with younger or older students. (and Heaven forbid if you wanted to have a discussion with a teacher!)

What actually made socialization easier for me as an homeschooled student was the fact that I was socializing without competition. I could actually just hang out with a friend and talk. We weren't socializing because we were thrown together on a team and had to be friends. I didn't have to compete against my friends for grades, honors, or achievements.

Did that make me ill-prepared for "real life"? Nah. Because in real life, as adults, we have tons of friends that aren't our co-workers. In school, I always felt limited because I was supposed to choose my friends from the 30 other students in the room. Some kids just hit it off right away, but I never really found a real buddy in school. My best friend was older kid that lived several miles away. His parents were friends of my uncle. We are still friends after 25 years. No school needed.

Sorry about rambling on and on. But homeschooling is a subject dear to my heart. I always notice that it is parents and people who were not homeschooled who offer their opinions. I just wanted to say that for me, homeschooling was wonderful.

My younger sisters were 100% homeschooled. All of us have gone on to lead well-adjusted lives. We have friends, partners, families, careers, and higher education. I plan to homeschool, and I work very hard as an advocate for parent's to retain the right to make that choice, and to write their own curriculum. Because honestly, everything I know I learned at home. Either under the tutelage of my parents, or by satisfying my thirst for knowledge by studying a subject myself. What did I learn in college? The same thing I learned in grade school--to sit back and pretend like I didn't read ahead in the lessons.

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StephanieBCrosby 3 years ago from New Jersey

Home schooling and even private school is a huge debate in my house. As an educator, I have a pretty good sense of what is going to mesh well for each of my kids's learning style. My son is definitely fine with the education he will receive from our good public schools. But my daughter will definitely need more umph from an educational environment that will be sufficiently stimulating and meeting all her abilities.

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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

You seem to have found a way to cover all the essentials. That takes a lot of effort on any parent's part. Your daughter should be applauded for realizing the value of serving others. Still that influence came from somewhere. Parents who take on this task should think of the whole person as well as you have.

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

I recently created on Pinterest titled schooling. Will be adding this good hub to it and will once again share.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for commenting on this hub Sam (samowhamo). I'm glad you have great memories from attending school.

It is a mistaken belief by many people that children can't make friends anywhere but in school and can't participate in the same kinds of activities. My daughter was in several plays and activities in our community theater. She was in the local library club with other teenagers some of whom were in public or private school and some that were also home schooled.

Daughter was also a Girl Scout and earned both the Silver and Gold awards, she was their top cookie seller 2 years in a row, and she went camping with her troop and several other troops together as well as field trips. One of her field trips was in Oregon -- we live in Texas.

Daughter also volunteered at the library, at the local Friends of the Family organization that helps battered and abused women and children, and she worked on a ranch that taught both physically and mentally handicapped people to ride horses, or control horses with carriages, whichever best suited their abilities. I have hubs on all of these subjects if you look through all of them on my profile page.

Daughter also took piano lessons and got a Blue Ribbon for her recital when she was just 6 years old.

There really isn't anything home schooled kids can't do that public or private schools offer. There are also home school associations where home schooling parents get together to sponsor sporting events and proms and other things so that home schooled children need not miss out.

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samowhamo 3 years ago

I was not homeschooled I preferred to go to public school one of the reasons being that I made more friends there and also because in high school I was part of the thespians and drama club (acting is something I have great passion for). I kind of followed in my fathers footsteps he was also in drama club in high school he made a movie about superman (his favorite superhero) and won an award for it I won a medal when I graduated though I am not sure what for maybe because of my acting or maybe because my mother would often cook and bake food for us when we were doing and rehearsing a play or musical my best friend even wrote a couple of plays one of which might have been performed in school if I remember correctly. It made high school so much fun great memories from those times.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Kathleen Cochran, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this issue. My own daughter began volunteering when she was just 11, her idea, not mine. Her first gig was Friends of the Family, an organization that helps abused women and children. By the time she was 14 she was working at a place called Riding Unlimited. People of all ages with disabilities of all sorts go there to build their confidence learning to ride and or work with horses.

There are a lot of ways one can incorporate the things you mention into education. We never did home school because of religion. I thought I could do a better job, and my about to be 25 year old daughter is, I believe, proof that I did.

Never-the-less, I have observed children whose parents have emphasized religion seemingly to the exclusion of everything else, and they do not make good examples for the advantages of homeschooling. I felt sorry for them. They will be appallingly unprepared for life.

While I taught my daughter about God and Christianity, I also let her know that He expects her to live her life and make decisions based on facts and information. A closed mind, for any reason, can't do that.

My daughter and I both work with special needs children.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Rose-the-planner: Thank you Rose for reading, and sharing your thoughts on this important issue, and for voting and sharing. More and more people choose homeschool for their children every year.

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W, for sharing and pinning this hub!

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Kathleen Cochran 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

My next door neighbor has home schooled her two since the beginning, but when they became middle school age, they began going to a group school 2 days a week. Now they are high schoolers and go to the group 3 days a week. I think this is an excellent combination of education experiences. Helping fellow students and participating in group discussions is as much a part of education as having an adult's undivided attention all day.

I also think when a parent's motivation is their religion too often they miss the point that our children are to be "salt and light" just as much as adults are. Opportunities to minister to others is a vital part of raising not just good students, but good people.

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rose-the planner 3 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

I thought this was a very insightful article on the advantages of home schooling. You will always find those that do not agree with the home schooling process, however, I for one praise all parents who are committed to providing an alternative approach to educating their children. I believe that some children thrive very well in this environment so hats off to you for your hard work and efforts. Thank you for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

You can be proud of yourself for the job that you did! Am pinning and will once again share this hub.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you Peggy W for reading and commenting on this hub. And thank you for the votes and sharing too! I think I must have at least a thousand reasons why I'm glad I home schooled my daughter and finding more everyday -- and she's 24 and finished with home school years ago! Parents have so much more control over everything when they home school, and so many options without having to call a meeting and take a week to make decisions every time they want to do something different.

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Lady Wordsmith, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment on this hub and for sharing your views and observations. Agree with most of what you say and in all my hubs on home school I say repeatedly that home school is fantastic, but not for everyone.

I would take issue with one thing you said however, and that is regarding socialization of home schooled children. It is imortant that children have opportunities to interact with other people of all ages and learn how to work together and get along, but those other people need not be other home schooled children. Most of my daughter's friends and the people she associated with when growing up were not home schooled children. Some were in public and others in private schools. I think diversity is important from the very beginning in as many things as possible.

Agree that some parents don't always do what's best for their children but rather what is most convenient for themselves, but that same thing can be said of professional teachers. 24-26% of students graduating from high school in the U.S. cannot read or write or do simple math even with a calculator. The UK has better stats on that -- 16% illiterate upon graduation, but clearly public/private schools aren't performing ideally either.

There are a gazillion opportunities for children to become 'socialized' that have no connection to formal schools. and personally, I think they're better options. Very much appreciate you sharing!

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Lady Wordsmith 4 years ago from Lancaster, UK

I think parents have to go with their instincts on this one. Homeschooling works for some families, but not for everyone. I have known some homeschooled children who fit in with other children perfectly well, and are very well-adjusted and well-rounded individuals. You can tell that they've had all of that one-to-one tuition from well-educated parents, because they're very knowledgeable, have excellent vocabularies, and a very healthy and intuitive view of the world. But on the other hand, I have seen children who have been homeschooled and who just seem to exist on a whole different plain to everyone else, and find it very difficult to interact with other people, are too influenced by their parents and don't really know their own minds. It doesn't always work, because the opportunities for socialisation simply don't exist everywhere - it can be an isolating sort of existence if a family lives where there are no other homeschooled children. And sometimes, I think that parents choose this option really because they don't want to let their children go - in those cases I don't believe that parents are putting their childs' interests first.

I have considered homeschooling, and I think I could do it. But I don't think it would be in the best interests of my children. By going to school they gain so much that I couldn't give them.

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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

As you said, not everyone can do this for a variety of reasons, but the advantages of home schooling children...if people read all of your articles concerning the subject...certainly will give people information that they will find helpful if considering providing it for their own children. I think that with the recent gun shootings plus other problems with gangs, drugs and the like...perhaps more people will consider doing this for their children. You are certainly giving people food for thought. Up votes and sharing!

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Au fait 4 years ago from North Texas Author

Sa Thowal U Marma: More than 2.3 million children are home schooled in the U.S. alone. Home school is becoming more popular everyday. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment!

Sa Thowai U Marma 4 years ago

Nice Idea!

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

Mark Ryan Saddi: I wrote my own curriculum. Technique will depend on how your child learns most easily. If you check my other hubs on "Giving Your Baby a Head Start" and "Giving Your Toddler A Head Start," that should help you if you have a very young child you are thinking about home educating.

Thank you for your question and for taking time to read!

Mark Ryan Saddi 5 years ago

Do you have a steps of how parents should teach properly or techniques by using of materialses?

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Brett.Tesol 5 years ago from Thailand

You raise some excellent points, particularly teaching at your child's pace, using their interests and teaching values and judgment .... something that seems to get less and less focus in school.

Thanks for SHARING.

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

StephanieBCrosby: Working for the local school district, I see new advantages to home schooling often. Sometimes I heard about other good reasons for home schooling on the local evening news. I realize not everyone can home school for a variety of different reasons. Done right, I think children have a better education, but like all schools, none are perfect. Thank you for adding to the conversation!

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

glfalcone: Thank you for your comment!

ribert00: Sometimes it seems like I find a new reason to homeschool every day. But of course, not everyone can do it, but it does have a lot of advantages for those who can.

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StephanieBCrosby 5 years ago from New Jersey

It is always great to see what other consider pros and cons of a subject. So I think even if something is written about a lot, one can always learn something new. Therefore, your opening line highlighting this very concern is not problematic.

I love your level of detail and coverage for each benefit listed.

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rlbert00 5 years ago from USA

Very useful information. I have often considered home schooling my kids so this article may come in handy.

Thanks for SHARING.

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gjfalcone 5 years ago from Gilbert, Arizona

Fantastic and informative piece on Home Schooling. Voted ^ useful & interesting.

Thanks For SHARING

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

In the year 2007, more than 1.5 million children in the U.S. were being home schooled. Presumably now, 4 years later, even more children are home schooled in this country. Home Education.org estimates that about 100,000 children in the U.K. are home schooled. Home school is not new and has proven itself very effective in most instances.

I recommend that you read my article: Home School and Socializing Your Child. I think you will see that fortunately there are many other places where social skills can be learned besides public or private schools.

Thank you Mikael, for taking the time to read and comment on this article. Please come back and read the other articles as well.

Mikael 5 years ago

Well I am not living in USA but in Europe. I can see that there could be some benefits for the child if he or she does´nt fit it in or of other reason is unable to be amongst other in the schoolinvirement.

Maybe I am not following but Who is the teacher? A parent or a teacher? In what society/country is it working out to do it this way?

*Who can afford to have a private teacher?

*If it's Mom or Dad should they not have the pedagogical skills? And if, who can afford this?

*If the family has more children of school age?

My opinion is that most children need to be seen by other than their parents and interact with others in all possible situations.

That spontaneous play and take a break in the homeschooling presumes that many have the same situation in the neighborhood.

I see most concern with home schooling if I'll be honest. That parents set high standards and control requirements.

Is not it important to share experiences with others?

But if home schooling is used as a supplement for the child to reinforce the skills / get special help, I am inclined to like the idea.

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

I should probably address that issue separately in an article primarily about getting tutors for one's child(ren). I have mentioned the need for home schooling parents to engage tutors for their children in subjects they are not proficient in both in my Home Schooling Questionnaire, and in my article on Planning Your Home School Schedule. When I home schooled my own daughter it was necessary to find tutors for algebra and geometry.

Thank you Terry, for taking the time to read and comment on my article, and for bringing my attention to the fact that I need to address the issue of tutors more extensively.

Terry G 5 years ago

Au fait, I think it's a well rounded article. It seems that you've given a lot of thought to the curriculum as well as how to incorporate practical knowledge with common everyday uses. I'm just curious what you would recommend when it comes to teaching a child something that's beyond your ability. For instance, years ago I was asked to help (a friend's son) with a math lesson. The math was basic calculus which was beyond my realm of understanding.

Kelvin 5 years ago

Is a very good article, give the free hands so the will not feel inferiority, lovely one

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my article. I recommend you also read my article on "Home School and Socializing Your Child. I home schooled my own daughter from kindergarten through high school. She participated in many outside activities that gave her the opportunity to do all the things you rightfully recommended for a well rounded education. An added plus was that she learned to work with and get along with people of all ages, not only people in her own grade or age level.

Allen Cabrera 5 years ago

One might think home schooling is best for the children of "some parents" because they feel that gives you much more personal treatment, however, I think it's best education in the school for many factors, socializing with other children their age, the practice of team sports, group work sharing, exposure of jobs, public speaking .... There are a myriad of issues that relate to the same evolution that is characteristic of the age, certainly there will also be negative, but the family formation is to weigh the decision of our children to choose the best path for my part will defend group education, being what I consider the best way to develop the infant, both socially and culturally. However, the article is well articulated positive aspects that would show those who have no doubt clear thinking on this subject.

Grave 5 years ago

you have positives reasons and i really agree with alternative solutions if you can prove benefits.

we all need to be competitives for to go further

Hafid 5 years ago

Home schooling is useful provided it is conducted by specialists (teachers trained) and serve as a support for what is given to the school to maintain a sense of rivalry and competition. You do a good job! Continue.

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my article, David!

Dave Carr 5 years ago

Another excellent article. There is however no forward planning into involving discussion into the sessions. This I feel as children grow older is a very important issue in learning. Asking questions is all very well but there have to be times when a childs input through discussion is needed.

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you for taking the time to comment.

jonnywindows 5 years ago

it's a real commitment to decide to home teach- i would imagine very few of the ordinary population have the guts or the knowledge to see it through ,all those years . i take my hat off to you

i suppose you had to read up on various subjects beforehand so you had the information ready to teach ,imagine that was time consuming too

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Au fait 5 years ago from North Texas Author

Thank you DavyJones02 for taking the time to read and comment on my hub. Please also read my hub on Home School and Socializing Your Child. There are many ways to give your child the experience of being with peers and even competing against them in sports if that is your desire. I agree, that being with other people besides family, and with other children their own age, as you have described, is important. Thank you again for your comment!

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DavyJones02 5 years ago from Netherlands

Interesting hub! I do agree with a lot of the points listed above, however I think beeing around peers is important for social skills and I am glad I went to public school (if your kids do sports or other things with their peers it would be less of a problem). At my school I was one of the faster kids and we got exra special assignments when we were done with the regular work, so if you go to a good school with decent teachers beeing faster then your peers shouldn't be a problem.

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