Why to Choose Homeschooling for your Children
Why Do Parents Choose to Homeschool?
- To retain responsibility for raising their children.
- Parents feel that they can provide a better education for their children then a public school can.
- They have a deeper understanding of their child’s educational process and what is best for their child.
- They can provide a more active learning environment with more hands on activities and experiences.
- The instruction can be individualized to their child's specific needs.
- They can accomplish more academically than peers in public schools.
- They are concerned with the public school environment or quality and the peer pressures from other students.
- Religious motivation- lack or presence of.
How do I Begin Homeschooling?
- Notify the local public school or school district. This isn't necessary required, but you don't want the school district to report your child as absent.
- Get informed of state laws and regulations. Each state has different material that is required to be covered for each grade. Each state has different qualifications for homeschooling as well. Some states require the parent to have a teaching degree.Some states also have laws that require schools to allow homeschooled students to join extra curricular activities.
- Choose a support group. There are local support groups that meet regularly, or you can join an online support group. This is a great way to share ideas and to share your challenges and successes.
- Find extracurricular activities for your children to get involved in. A common misconception is that homeschooled students will not be properly socialized when they grow up. But, studies have shown that these students do have socialization skills and are better behaved then traditional students. In order to be properly socialized it is important to find a group, club or sport for your children to get involved with so they can socialize with children their own age.
- Choose a curriculum. There are a few different options for curriculum.
This is a curriculum that is purchased and includes all of the lessons and materials needed for a certain grade level. This can be a good option for families that are just starting homeschooling because other approaches can be difficult and time consuming. They tend to have a one-fits-all approach and can be similar to the lessons they would receive in a traditional school. Pre-packaged curriculums can be great to use as a guide though. Then you are able to add your own spin to lessons and incorporate your child's individual needs and interests.
There are many curriculums that you would have to choose from so I recommend looking up reviews to see what one best meets your families needs. There are many Christian curriculums that are more conservative as well as curriculums that do not have a religious approach.
A downfall is that prepackage curriculums can be expensive, especially if you have more then one child you are homeschooling.
Although this method can be time consuming, it is great because it allows you to cater to your children in the best way by creating a custom curriculum just for them. If your child loves cars, you can incorporate cars into the lessons and make it more interesting and engaging for them. You can also make regular activities a learning experience, such as turning a trip to the grocery store into a lesson about percentages, using sales tax. This method can be overwhelming at first, but there are many resources available to help online. The library is also a great way for find resources and to get materials for lessons.
Another option for homeschooling is a home study program. This is when the school controls the curriculum, not the parents. There are certain requirements and assessments that must be taken. The parents supervise the students, while the parents work with teachers. Resources are made available through the school and students may go to a traditional school part time. Sometimes there may be a minimum requirement of time spent on campus depending on the school district. This method is great for families who would like to homeschool their children and approve of the curriculum used in public school. This is also a good transition for students and parents transitioning in or out of homeschooling.
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