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Home Schooling, A Viable Alternative For Your Child's Education

Updated on February 14, 2015

Meet Linny

I often bring my daughter to the park on warm sunny days. Being the social butterfly that she is, she will often befriend some local kids. One of the children she met, by the name of Linny, seemed like a very nice girl. She was very friendly and kind to my daughter, as well as to myself. She must have been at least six years old but behaved much older. Her intelligence was astonishing, as we were sitting in the grass with her she was describing the genus of plants that were growing amongst the turf... plants that most people would simply call weeds.

Linny And Her Brain Magic

As I was conversing with this freakishly smart six year old I asked her where she went to school. That's when she informed me that she was home schooled. At that point I was sold on the effectiveness of being able to educate children at home academically; yet I wonder how it affects them socially. Linny was not at all shy and easily befriended my daughter, but she has no "best friend" like my daughter has when she goes to school every day. Linny will not have that constant comforting peer she can count on every day to confide in and share her days with. As she sat there explaining how the brown marks on the leaf she was holding were caused by some worm or beetle or something (I wasn't listening at this point) I wondered what kind of life this child will have when she becomes a teenager, she'll miss out on all the social joys, and hardships, which form our character. Perhaps this is a good thing.

I can also not imagine the effort put out by the parents of this child, how do they do it? How do they make ends meet financially? In my household we are barely able to keep up with all the cooking, cleaning, laundry, homework, bath-time, bedtime, etc... Good for you home school parents, I respect what you do.


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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      There were several things that factored into the decision. Dissatisfaction with the school I was attending was probably the biggest issue. The majority of schoolwork we did that year was coloring pictures of pilgrims. I could read at a seventh grade level, but wasn't allowed to have those books at school. They wanted all the students to be on the same level for their statistics.

      We were moving to a different state at the end of the school year anyhow, so my parents asked me, ( the only school-age child at the time) if I would like to try parochial school or homeschool. It was supposed to be a one-year trial period, but I loved it, and so did my siblings.

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      Ardot 5 years ago from Canada

      Interesting, It really seems like home schooling has definite advantages over the traditional school system. Sharkye11, if you don't mind my asking, why did your parents decide to home school you after third grade?

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      Jayme Kinsey 5 years ago from Oklahoma

      Nice! I too was homeschooled after third grade. I never returned to school until college. As Jgoul said above, home-schooled children have more freedom than children in schools. Not only did we have extra time to socialize with other children, but with people of all ages. Socializing outside of your age group is a wonderful asset later on when you begin college or a career. Therefore, I have decided to homeschool my own children as well.

      As for making it work financially, I just saw the school supply lists for the local elementary school. I think home school is quickly becoming the more economic option!

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      JGoul 5 years ago

      I was home schooled all the way through to high school graduation, starting the summer after third grade. Academically, it is extremely effective; I can confirm that with both anecdotal and statistical evidence.

      As for the social aspect, the results are slightly more uneven. Home school children generally spend considerably fewer hours a day in the classroom. Children who are socially inclined can take advantage of the greater freedom to be even more socially involved than their public school counterparts (this is based on anecdotal, not statistical, evidence). I would speculate that children who tend to be introverted might not face as much pressure to come out of their shells, however.

      Excellent hub, by the way.