Top 5 Considerations for Homeschooling Your Child
This is a response to a Question asked by Hubber Stephhicks68
What are the top 5 considerations for a parent or guardian that wishes to home school?
My thoughts on home schooling
Before you begin reading my article, I want to state that I realize that my article seems slanted against home schooling. I am definitely not against home schooling. From my own experience with home schooling my children, looking back, I don’t think I took all of these things into consideration prior signing up my own children. Remember, when you decide to home school your child you are taking on another full time job.
I commend any parent or guardian who successfully home schools their children. I do agree that many of the schools today have less than ideal atmospheres on their campuses. Drugs, violence, substandard food programs and substandard education can be seen in many schools. But even with the existence of this adversity there are many students that succeed against all odds.
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Is the education quality?
When we look at home school education regulations they vary state to state and locality to locality. It will vary from school to school also. Home schools are very much like traditional schools in that the quality of curriculum will vary, no matter what the state or local regulations are. There are also different types of home school facilities.
There are a number of different types of home schools, public, charter, and private even Montessori types. Many of these schools require the students meet once a week with a (usually) credentialed teacher to turn in homework and to do testing. Although there are private home schools in which the student does virtually all of their interaction online, including testing.
Many of the home schools hand your student a weekly packet and it is due at the next meeting. How will you know if the lessons included in the packet are up to the standard of providing your student with quality education? It would be very important for you as a parent or guardian to know what your student should be learning, at what pace, and at what level of education.
Will your child miss out on learning structure and time management?
Home schooling can be good for many children and parents because of the flexibility of school study schedules. We all have crises in life and or things that come up that may require us to divert our student’s study times. This is an extremely important issue when it comes to home schooling our children.
You have to take an honest look at your own personality, and that of your student and then ask yourselves if it is possible for this scheduling of school work is possible for you and your student. Are you the type of person who has many things come up in life that may cause changes in scheduling? Do you have the self control and organization skills to meet the demands of learning times? Are you a patient teacher to your child, or easily frustrated?
Is your student able to adhere to a regulated schedule of learning, or is he/she the type to put things off until the last minute? Is your student the type of child who understands the importance of time management?
Do you have the skills to ensure your child gets quality education? If not, are you willing to learn?
You are teachers to your children from the first day you bring them home. It is a difficult but rewarding job for most. You teach them many things, from how to handle a crisis, to what, if any, religious belief they will hold. Believe it or not, you teach them politics too! Every aspect of their life is being affected in one way or another by you, as their role model.
Formal education is quite a different animal compared to day to day interactions. As a home schooling parent you become your student’s teacher of formal education as well. You will need to discover and understand your child’s learning styles. Is he/she a visual learner? An auditory learner? Both? Or maybe your student is a kinesthetic learner, whatever the case with your student, you will need to understand the most effective way to teach him/her.
Will your child miss out on the social skills obtained through attending school?
Social skills are necessary in life. A child begins to learn different types of social skills from day one also. But there are a wide range of types and degrees. Such as, how infants negotiate with their parents or guardians, when an infant these skills are learned. Crying and or fidgeting lets you know, as a parent, guardian, or caregiver, that the infant is hungry or maybe tired or uncomfortable in some way.
This can be considered the infant’s first stab at negotiating. For example, if the caregiver of the child thinks the child is hungry but the infant is cold, the infant will continue to shows sign of discomfort. Eventually the caregiver will learn what is troubling the infant and both have learned. The infant learns that if he/she gives signals to the caregiver he/she will have their needs met. The caregiver may learn which signals translate to which individual need the infant is experiencing.
Negotiate- definition (American Heritage College Dictionary)
To confer with another or others in order to come to terms or reach an agreement 1. To arrange or settle by discussion.
As the infant grows his/her negotiation skills become more complex. This is a natural progression which prepares a child for interactions with people as they grow into adulthood. These skills are learned by the practice of coming in contact with many different types of people over their young life.
As a parent or guardian are you prepared financially and otherwise to provide the child with enough public and peer interaction for them to learn the skills needed to successfully integrate into society? Keep in mind that peer interaction is not the same as family interaction.
This section is geared toward ages 12 and up
Will you be enabling your child to sleep in all day and or fly under the radar of personal and societal responsibility?
Teenagers love to sleep, in fact they do require at least 8 hours or more a night. Many teens (I don’t this was an isolated problem that occurred in my family) love to sleep in and go to bed late. If they don’t have a place to be in the morning, this can open the door to the opportunity for them to do just that. As much as your teen would like to go to bed late and sleep in, this is not a healthy habit. To prepare a teen for their adult life caregivers need to maintain structure for their teens. This can be difficult because by this time in their development they are skilled negotiators and beginning their ‘me’ stage. What I mean by that is, they are discovering who they are, and who they might want to become, all things in their lives relate to their own desires and development. Then are thinking more critically about the present than their future. For this reason it may be difficult to explain to them the importance of getting up and being part of the world, when they technically have nowhere to be at any certain time. I believe this can set the stage for early adulthood and cause them difficulties that could be avoided.
There are the top 5 considerations for considering if home schooling is right for you and your child.
Have considered home schooling your child
Have you ever home schooled your child or considered home schooling your child?
I would like to add a few more questions for you to consider;
Who will your child hang out with if they are home schooled? Will it be other kids who don't go to school because of behavior problems, or will there traditionally schooled friends try skip school and hang out at your home with your home schooled child? I bring this up because on more than one occasion I found a teenager at my home during school hours, and would have to send them on their way. More than once I drove them to school and dropped them off!
Will you be home daily to monitor your children’s/teenager’s safety and behavior?
Are you up for the challenge?
What are the real reasons you want your child in home school? Do some soul searching on this question.
My last comment
Home schooling your children provides an opportunity for you to be director of your child's education. If successful, you and your child will be able to spend many hours together discovering new things. I will be an experience you will both (hopefully) cherish when you look back on it. Graduation day will be a day that signifies success for your student and you as their teacher. There have been many successful families whose children have gone on to college, graduated and wouldn't have changed a thing about their school experience.
I wish you well in whatever you chose to do. I hope I have informed you, made you think, and kept you interested. Please comment with your thoughts on this issue, and share this article with anyone who may enjoy reading it.