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Apr 26, 2008
If you are not one of those people who are not too fond of standardized tests and the rigorous school system and feel you can do a better job teaching your child at home, then homeschooling may be an option for you.

Many different forms of home schooling exist; and though they conjure up images of kids sitting around a kitchen table with mom day in and day out, modern day home schooling is very different. Yes, there is instruction from parents, but it doesn't just have to be mom any more. And more importantly, it is not just sitting at the kitchen table that is enough to give kids the extra edge you want them to have by educating them at home.

The major complaint that parents have is that children waste a lot of time going and coming from school, lining up, going for recess, unwinding upon return, etc. that they really just get a few hours of instruction in a whole day of school. This is especially disturbing for parents whose children are above or below the standards for that class.

Homeschooling can solve these problems provided you are willing to make the commitment to spend a lot of time with your child. Some parents love sending their kids to school as they feel they get some time on their own do stuff inside or outside the house.

If you opt for homeschooling not only will you be spending more time at the kitchen table doing lessons with your child, you will also be chauffeuring him or her to and from extracurricular activities that are essential for the complete development of a child.

Choose a Curriculum - You will need to look through several books on homeschooling and sift out materials that you feel will interest your child. You will also need to spend money on teaching materials, text books, school supplies, dry erase boards, workbooks and the like so that your child gets the concepts you are trying to impart. You will also need to have oodles and oodles of patience so that you can enjoy teaching and keep your child engaged in the lesson.

Does My Child Like It? - Trying out homeschooling for size is also a good way to judge how accepting your child is to being taught one on one as opposed to in a class of 20 kids. Some children love it, whereas others miss their friends and all the antics they get up to when in school. You can also judge if you have the stamina to teach your child or if you lose your patience quickly and all he is doing is plopping himself in front of the TV.

Both sides have their points and there is no correct answer. You need to see what works for your family. Perhaps give it a trial run in the summer and then see if home schooling works for you and your children; good luck.
About the Author
Kimberly Carlson is a home school program enthusiast and teaches other home schooling school enthusiasts how to do it. Articles can be found at home school Georgia
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