Homeschooling is gaining popularity as an alternative to traditional classroom education. This is due to the fact that it allows the parents to be more hands-on with their kids’ education and has more control over their learning environment. Parents can also tailor-fit the children’s curriculum according their needs and strengths.
While this seems like a good idea, there are some things that you should take into consideration when you decide to homeschool your kids.
Changes in the Child’s Environment
Your child must understand the changes that would have to occur when he starts homeschooling. He also needs to be assured that not being able to go to school doesn’t mean that he’s going to stop being friends with his classmates. It is normal for the kid to feel anxious, worried or a little lonely, and the parents must be able to coax him to slowly adapt to his new learning environment. They also have to make sure that having less interaction with other kids does not negatively affect the child’s behavior.
To help your homeschooled kid become socially and physically active, have him join in your community’s sports or hobby club. Activities like camping, community service and workshops can help prevent your child feel detached and socially awkward.
Learning Facility and Schedule
Parents would have to make sure that their kids have access to materials and instruments that are needed for learning. The purchase of scientific equipment like microscopes and chemistry sets, literary materials, reference books and art materials can be costly. It is best if you find a homeschooling community near your place, so that you can split the cost with other families. It’s also a chance for your kids to have a more social learning environment.
Having access to education while at home, at your own pace, poses an invitation to procrastinate or slack off. Thus, parents have to help their kids work out a schedule for studying their lessons and guide them on following it through.
State Laws and Standardized Tests
There are states that impose certain requirements for homeschooling requirements. For example, a homeschooling household in California has to have private school at home and should comply with the private school requirements of the state. There are also standardized tests that children need to take and pass in order to be recognized as a student of a certain grade level by the state.
You also have to be prepared to teach your kids yourself. Ask yourself if you have the patience, skills and knowledge to help them learn their lessons. If you feel like you lack some skills, don’t hesitate to ask help from other homeschooling parents, or to hire a tutor for a specific subject area. Remember that this is your kids’ education, and it’s not a matter that you can just take lightly.