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The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling Online

Aug 17, 2007
In olden times schooling was more of a household affair. The parents or family members schooled children at home. The times have changed now, but certain customs are still being followed. Even though there have been changes in the learning and teaching methods, people still prefer to homeschool their children

There are many advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling. This could mainly be because of the learning ability of the child and the syllabus followed. Moreover the teaching method also plays a major role in homeschooling.

Since the advent of the Internet, it has given rise to numerous learning and teaching options. Besides this, there are now more resources available to aid both teachers and students alike. However, some still feel that the traditional homeschooling method is comparatively better than online homeschooling.

If you happen to be one of those who would opt for the unconventional way of learning and teaching, here are some pros and cons of online homeschooling.

Pros of online schooling

Save time on traveling - Irrespective of whether you live in the remotest of towns or on the highest building in the city, you can always be punctual about your lessons. It also saves time on dressing up and commuting to school. Your home and school are the same with online home schooling.

Attending to home needs: For people who have to juggle between managing the home and school, homeschooling is the best option. One can prioritize household chores and lessons according to ones convenience, without having to be time bound to any fixed schedules.

No disturbance or undue distraction: When you opt for homeschooling it is evident that there will not be any kind of disturbance from other students. You study in the peace and isolation of your room in your home. This results in better concentration, and better results.

Cons of online home schooling

Job Competence- Crosscheck the authenticity of the online school. Make sure the online school is competent enough so that you can be assured of a job after completion of the course.

Personal competence - Not everyone has the ability to grasp whatever is taught, for which a teacher is needed to explain complex concepts. Online homeschooling entails individual effort, and no teacher is present to give personal attention. While some students do very well without a teacher, others cannot.

Learning Environment -The environment has a major impact on the students concentration. If there are other kids at home it would be difficult to study. Moreover, if the students residence is in a noisy area the distraction could hamper studies.

Of course, it is all up to each individual. If you think online homeschooling is what suits you, go ahead and enroll into a program. However, it is important to carry out some background research of all the choices available, and choose the one that suits you the best.

If you are a parent looking to homeschool your child online, it is important to guide them adequately. You could consult other homeschoolers who have opted for online homeschooling. Some schools are not recognized and it will be a waste of time, money and energy in opting for the courses offered by them.

Online homeschooling can be both rewarding and challenging. Before you set up the homeschool, ensure that the curriculum is according to the ability of the student. Regular monitoring is important to keep track of the progress of the student.
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Homeschool Curriculum and other useful information can be found at http://www.citizenschool.com. The best site for all of your Homeschoolingneeds.
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