Parents these days have a lot of options when it comes to getting their children an education. They can send their kids to public school free of charge, arrange for them to go to a private specialty school, or do as their ancestors did an teach their children in their home. If you're considering home schooling your child, there are a few things you'll want to consider before making your decision. We've laid them out for you here.

Testing

Many people are under the impression that when they home school their child, they can teach the child as they see fit. While the teaching methods you use at home are entirely up to you, you will still have to follow the curriculum laid out by the government. What this means is that you can't start their training at age five. You will also have to periodically submit your child's work in the form of papers, exercises, and tests to government teachers for marking.

Time

You might think that not having to leave your property will free up more time for you, but teaching even one child is a time consuming job. You will need to plan your lessons, make up work sheets, and supervise your child's work during the hours you have set aside for school. Adding more children to your little home school adds more work, especially if the children are at different grade levels and need to be given different work to do. Home schooling is effectively a 9-5 job that you don't get paid for.

Expertise

Not everyone is capable of teaching a child. Some people lack the patience, others lack the ability to explain concepts to young people, and still others have never learned the necessary material. Teaching at home gets even more difficult when your child has special needs or learning disabilities, though parents often feel that they would be better at teaching a child they understand than a teacher who is not familiar with them. However, you may need to do research into unfamiliar topics or into the best methods of teaching special needs children.

Socialization

Making friends and interacting with teachers and other children is an important part of the school experience. Staying home for schooling means your child will not have regular contact with others through school, so if you want your child to be properly socialized, you will have to be proactive in planning outings and play dates so that your child can learn to get along with others outside their own family. Clubs, sports leagues, community center lessons, and park outings can fill this gap.

Here you can find some pros and cons of homeschooling children.


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