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A Look At Why Families Homeschool

Aug 19, 2008
Why do families homeschool? The reasons vary but some common ones are not having to wake up at 7AM or earlier to shuffle off to school with a bombardment of instructions all day. Homeschool allows a parent to have more influence into their child's life and oversee their growth and development and the ability to detect the needs of your child's education. Tailoring curriculum to fit your child's needs and interests is another major factor in the decision to homeschool.

Individual attention is another salient benefit of homeschooling. For instance, if Suzy needs more time to learn Math, then she can reduce the time for her English lessons. There are no fixed hours of learning per subject. This means that a child has the advantage of assigning more number of hours to the subject that seems tough WITHOUT any additional pressure. The amount of time needed to learn each subject will depend on the abilities and interests of the child.

Homeschooling usually develops into a family project where all participate in the learning process. Experiments, field trips, chores, games and the like become learning targeted. It also brings about more quality time spent together and family closeness. Negative peer pressure is also reduced especially during important developmental stages of choices and decision making.

Comparison and competition are kept to a minimum allowing the child to learn for education's sake and not based on what the kid next desk over is doing. Their confidence remains intact. Parents can also learn what piques a child's interests. Tough subjects can be interspersed with fun activities to keep boredom down and a love for learning up. A tough hour of Math can be followed up with a field trip to a museum for instance. Parents can also tailor learning to fit the child's learning style, whether that is seeing objects in motion, reading or auditory learning styles.

Homeschooling also provides the parents with opportunity to teach their children their moral and religious beliefs in a consistent way during their child's formative years, thus reducing confusion over hearing mixed messages while young. It also provides a way to put those values into practice while doing a field trip or project if desired.

Lastly, more and more parents are getting disillusioned with the public school system. They believe that their children are being pushed too hard or too little. Other worrying issues pertaining to discipline and ethics also make the school system less welcome. Many repudiate the educational philosophy of grouping children solely on the basis of their age. Some parents themselves have unhappy memories of their own public school experience that motivates them to opt for homeschooling when it comes to their own children.
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