Many parents are concerned about the education of their children. What are their kids learning? What is being taught? How early should our offspring enter the education system? We may ask ourselves whether we should homeschool our children with all these questions. So let us look at the benefits of homeschooling and see whether it’s for you and your kids.
Child-led learning is the number one reason people choose homeschooling over sending kids to school, and learning about stuff you want to know about is a huge deal. It keeps your attention, and you enjoy it. So follow your child’s learning desires and move at your child’s pace.
Next on our list of benefits of homeschooling is flexibility. There are no set hours of learning. If your child struggles in the morning, utilise the afternoons to learn. Visit a museum in the morning or go for a walk. One of the best education on offer in this world is the great outdoors. You can also go on holiday out of traditional school holiday times, meaning you’ll pay less for your travels. That also means no dreaded countdown to the new school year.
No Fighting School Traffic
How many hours a week do you spend sitting in school traffic or standing in the playground waiting for the kids to come out. If it’s an hour a day, that’s five hours a week. That’s 20 hours a month! Imagine if you could use that time to do something else. Play chess with your kids, go for a walk, write a story. There is so much other stuff you can do with that time.
Create Your Timetable
You will need to hit certain subjects and follow a curriculum. If you want to put your children in for exams like GCSEs, you can create your timetable around the topics. Our education system doesn’t teach so much that you might want to help your children learn. How to apply for a mortgage, swim, and cook a proper meal. Creating your timetable is one of the benefits of homeschooling.
Some people, particularly grandparents with a traditional view of schooling, might use the ‘lonely’ card. They might suggest that homeschooled kids never have any interaction with other children. However, there is so much support for homeschoolers. You can find online groups that share advice and offer support. Even groups meet regularly in different locations to make friends that way. But, of course, making friends isn’t just a school thing. Your kids can still attend Scouts or sports clubs in the evening.
Enjoy One-to-One Learning
How much-personalised teaching are kids getting in a class of 35 pupils? When you get one-to-one teaching (or whatever ratio it is with the number of kids in your family), many homeschooling parents report that you can do a full day of teaching in a couple of hours. This frees up time for kids to be kids. They can learn through play in the garden or even code on their laptops.
We all learn differently and have subjects that we struggle. When kids can be open and honest without the worry of peer pressure, they can boost confidence by asking questions. You can also structure the learning so they are still learning the things they struggle with but gaining confidence by excelling in other subjects.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Forever.
There are many benefits of homeschooling but remember; it doesn’t have to be forever. Some parents believe the starting age of the school, so homeschooling in those early years helps kids have more of a childhood. However, they might still opt to send them to a senior school. Homeschooling allows you to choose the education journey you want for your children.