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To Home School Or Not To Home School?

May 5, 2008
The decision to home school your child or not is definitely not an easy one to make. There are a lot of considerations to think about and deliberate with your spouse before you plunge into a solid and sound conclusion.

Home schooling needs your commitment to spend time to teach your children. The course will take a full chunk of your day. This involves planning the lessons, setting up your sessions and the materials needed, working one on one with your child as he or she progresses through the projects and experiments and checking their work after. In home schooling, you will be multi-tasking as the science/math/gym or music teacher, as the guidance councilor, as the principal and even as the maintenance personnel. Time management skills are a strong factor in making home schooling work.

Parents should be able to allocate time for learning and ample time to take care of the basic household chores as well. This could mean sacrificing personal time and space to accommodate your child's learning development. Home schooling is definitely not for those moms who would want a separate career for themselves. The former is a full time job in itself.

Financially, home school may be more practical for some families. For one, the parent will be able to save on lunch money, bus fares and other school expenses usually involving extra-curricular activities. However, the parents should also consider that you will be buying your own books and materials needed for your child's home education. It is also a given that at least one is a stay at home parent.

Pressure may be placed on the spouse who works single handedly to supplement the household needs and expenses. Nevertheless, if one is resourceful and really good at time management, one can probably handle home schooling and carrying out freelance home based jobs that are prevalent nowadays.

One may think that home schooling may deprive children of social activities and interaction with other kids as compared to when they go to a regular private or public school. Although children may spend more time at home, this does not mean that they can have no social life. They always have the chance to go out and play with their friends and neighbors at some point during the day. Some also have the opinion that children bond and have greater emotional development if they stay and learn at home with their parents especially during the formative years of a child. Children who are home schooled are said to be more mature as they influenced more by the traits and experiences of their parents who are with them 24/7. You may also be saving your child from being swayed by peer pressure or cliques that are popular among schools nowadays.

As mentioned earlier, the choice to go for home schooling should be agreed upon by both parents. A one-sided decision may not work well and cause disagreements from time to time in your household. It would be difficult working for a course of action when you do not have the support and encouragement of your spouse. If you choose to, you may also ask your child whether he wants to be home schooled or not. His answer may not make so much of a difference as you have the parental authority to choose what is best for him but it may be great to know what he thinks. Remember, it will be easier for him to learn if he is willing and acceptable to the process.
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