Over the years, homeschooling has been gaining popularity among families who want to provide their kids with the best education. It has been trending upwards that more and more parents decide to homeschool their kids instead of enrolling them in public or private schools. There may be a variety of reasons why parents chose homeschooling over learning institutions as each family’s situation is ensure that we give them the best that we can provide, no matter what form of education we choose and see fit.
If you are in the process of deciding whether you should enroll your child in a school or homeschool him/her, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider. First, it is important that you discuss your options with your spouse or immediate family members who may be affected by your decision. You can start by asking yourself some questions and asking for your family’s opinion. Why are you thinking of homeschooling your child? Is it because of convenience, expenses, family values, religion, health reasons, or any other special situation? Homeschooling is not just a trend that people get into just because of its popularity. Education is not a laughing matter. It is an important requirement in life so deciding how and where to educate your child should be taken seriously and be decided on carefully.
Are you ready to take on the tremendous responsibility of homeschooling? Homeschooling requires a lot of time and effort because you will be the one to personally educate your child. Curriculums, lesson plans, field trips, and other extracurricular activities are just some of the things related to homeschooling. Not to mention the fact that you have to handle one on one classes with your child every day. Parents who homeschool their children either quit their job to focus on teaching their children or transform into real life superheroes juggling their jobs as professionals and as their child’s teacher. You would not want to compromise the education of your child so it is always best to think about your readiness to take on a great responsibility. Although, you also have to take into consideration that homeschooling provides more flexibility when it comes to scheduling. Some parents designate specific hours for classes with their children while some are not that strict with schedules. Whatever works for you and for your child is the best schedule.
Most of the parents who decided to homeschool their children have the same reasons for coming up with their decision. They may have the same reasons, but under different circumstances. If you see yourself in any of the following situation, then homeschooling is probably the best option for you and your child too.
- Schooling takes too much time away from you and your family. If you spend hours driving to bring your child to and from the nearest school, proximity and convenience are your biggest issues. Traveling can be stressful, especially if you encounter traffic jams along the way. You also need to look at your gas expenses either on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis to check if driving that long distance just to go to school is worth the money you are spending. The long travel time may stress you, but it can also take a toll on your child. Your child may not be driving, but the fact that he has to sacrifice an hour or more of sleep just to get prepared and be ready in time, is enough to make him feel tired easily.
- Your child has difficulty learning in school. Instead of learning, your child suffers from all the school requirements which he needs to accomplish before the deadline. Aside from that, the class where your child belongs to have so many other students that the teacher also finds it hard to use a teaching method applicable for all.
- Your child experiences emotional stress in school because of bullying. As a parent, one of the most difficult things is to see your child crying because someone did him wrong. In school, you cannot be with him every second of the day so you cannot be there to protect him when needed. Bullying is not acceptable and one can only imagine the negative effects that it can cause.
- If your child’s health is being suffered because of several factors in school, then it is time to get started on homeschooling. As cliché as it may sound ,but health is wealth and it should never be sacrificed, no matter what the circumstances are.
There may be other situations such as those mentioned, but sometimes, you do not even need to have a «problem» to consider homeschooling. You just have to look at the positive things that homeschooling your child can bring you and your family. Homeschooling makes you the one in control of our child’s education. You can be flexible when it comes to schedule so you can spend as much time as your child needs to study and learn. You can customize and tailor fit lessons so that you can focus on what you think your child needs to improve on. You only have one child to teach so you can give him all the attention and guidance that he needs in studying. You can adapt with your child’s learning style. You can help your child achieve academic excellence and at the same time, encourage him to excel in other activities too.
We can go on and on with the list of reasons why you should consider homeschooling for your child. At the end of the day, you have to make the ultimate decision. It would be better if you can make the decision with your significant other, but if you have to make the decision by yourself, that is fine. You are the parent so you know what is best for your child. No matter what your decision will be, you will still hear different opinion from people so might as well stick to what you think will make your child a better person. Go with what you think will shape your child’s future better. Just make sure that along with your decision, you are one hundred percent committed to providing the best education that you can for your child.