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Reasons For Home Schooling Your Child

Oct 10, 2007
As public schools continue to struggle with issues of out of control behaviors in overcrowded classrooms, more and more concerned parents are considering what it takes for home schooling to be successful so they can decide if it is the best route for their families.

Curriculum is one of the first topics that comes to mind when the topic of homeschooling is discussed. The good news on that subject is that there are ample resources for homeschooling books, course manuals, and lesson plans available from bookstores and from online home schooling specialty companies that publish systematic, thematic and comprehensive curricula on many topics.

Resources for home schooling support activities are everywhere around the community, and some good options are: Local libraries, local museums, nearby historical sites, county courthouses, local and state government offices, public parks and recreational facilities, and nature centers.

One of the best things about taking on the responsibility for home schooling your children, is the ability to take virtually any family outing, activity, day-trip or vacation and turn it into an opportunity for the kids to learn more about the activity or the location, or both.

Making learning fun is one of the hallmarks of homeschoolers. Often in the institutionalized learning style offered by the public schools, the natural desire to learn and intrinsic curiosity of children is stymied in order to make them fit into the structure and plan of the school.

Because schools have so many students they are responsible for, this is completely understandable but still detrimental to many students.

Homeschoolers have the flexibility of time and of what they are learning about that helps to keep them motivated. Many homeschooled children will take a topic of interest and spend weeks or months exploring all aspects of the subject, not only learning about that specific subject, but strengthening other basic skills as well such as reading, writing, study skills, and the like.

When looked at through the eyes of a wise parent who is always on the lookout for home schooling opportunities, ordinary real-life activities can take on significance as teaching moments.

For instance, writing letters to distant relatives or to the editor of the local paper, budgeting and shopping for ingredients for a meal, handling the money in the stores, doing the measuring or observing the way ingredients interact while cooking, simply observing the stars, and talking to a variety of people, young and old, all offer a wealth of learning experiences.

So, it should be clear that in addition to any standard curriculum, students can gain knowledge from just about every activity that the family engages in. It simply takes some extra time, and sometimes a little extra preparation, and such daily experiences can be valuable, and fun, learning times.

Sometimes parents will hesitate to take the next step for home schooling because of feeling they are not well-qualified to teach their children in all the subject areas that need to be covered.

With the amazing variety of resources and ready support for homeschooling families, this really should not be a concern for parents.
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