With more and more parents considering homeschooling their children it is important that we take a look at some of the pros and cons of homeschooling.
Some pros of homeschooling are:
You get to choose what your children learn. There are literally hundreds of homeschool packages out there. Some are online based, some are offline, some are religious, and some are more hands on and less book oriented. As a parent you decide what your children should learn.
You can plan what time you go to school. . You no longer have to take your child out of school when you or they have a doctor’s appointment. Since you can accomplish in a couple of hours what takes all day in school you can plan your day around the doctor’s appointment.
There is less distraction from other kids. Your child no longer feels the need to be better than the smartest person in class. He no longer has to feel like he is being rushed to keep up with the rest of the class. With only your child in his class there is no competition and he can learn at his own pace. If he finishes the school year weeks before the public school gets out that is good and if he needs to work through the summer that is fine too.
You can save money. When you are considering homeschooling verses private schools you will find that even the homeschools that you have to pay for is cheaper but there are many homeschools that are free as long as you live in the state of the school. You no longer have to pay for books, school insurance, field trips and those school uniforms. Your child can wear what he wants, he can go on whatever trips the family takes, there is no school insurance and your child gets to stay where he is most comfortable, home.
The cons of homeschooling:
There are also some cons of homeschooling that you need to be aware of:
There is little or no interaction with other children. Since the only one in his class is your child he may get bored easily and begin to resent homeschooling that your child likes to do and sign them up to do it. For example he can play baseball or take karate. You could also find other children that are being homeschooled and arrange to have the children play together.
Discipline may be another issue. If your child does not realize that you are now mom and teacher and they are 2 different people there can be some behavior issues. You need to set home rules as well as school rules that the children must follow and also set the consequences of what will happen if they break either home or school rules.
Mom will be spending a lot of time preparing for lessons that may take her away from other things. In school teachers have to have lessons planned in advance for the lessons they are going to teach. It is the same in homeschooling. If you wait until you are teaching the lesson the get the material together the child will lose interest quick. It is better to have your lessons planned in the before you start doing this could take away from time that you would normally spend doing other things.
These are just a few of the pros and cons of homeschooling. If you go to a search engine and type the title of these article lots of pages will pop up each having several pros and cons of homeschooling. Homeschooling is a great alternative to school for the right people. It is up to your family to find out if you are right for homeschooling especially if he is the only child that you are homeschooling. One easy solution for this is to find something