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Oct 29

How suitable is homeschooling for your child?

Many parents would love to do home schooling with their children, but are afraid to try because they aren’t sure they have the knowledge necessary to teach their children well. That’s not to say that they are necessarily against traditional schooling. However, while the traditional school is great for teaching practical skills, there are parents who are disenchanted with the environment and a perceived lack of discipline and core values.

Home schooling can be just as – if not more – successful than the traditional school setting. While some children do thrive with the competition found in group learning, others crumble under the peer pressure and lose confidence in themselves. There are many children who do better in small groups or with one-on-one tutoring; these children would do very well in the home schooling environment.

Because home schooling has been growing in popularity, there are many options for working with your child. There are books available that are the same as those used in the school. Another option iseBooks that you download over the internet. Some children do very well being left to read and study on their own, while others will need more work with a parent to understand some concepts.

There are many reasons why a family may choose to school their children at home. Homeschooling is also a great option for rural families that live far from a school. Traveling a couple of hours a day on the bus can be exhausting and stressful for a child – and such a waste of time! Children with physicaldisabilities can also find it much easier to learn at home. Extremely shy children or those with poor self esteem may fare better at home than they would under the weight of peer pressure in public school. Children with learning disabilities like autism often do much better with the one-on-one attention afforded by learning at home with a parent.

Some children simply don’t have the attention span to stay focused in the traditional class. Learning athome can be the best way to enable them to have an adequate education; traditional school may actually worsen their problem.

It’s important to find that balance in home schooling, where you’re child is receiving an appropriate education and still having time to socialize and take part in activities with other children. Homeschooling does give you the opportunity to teach your children your values while still ensuring they learn the basic educative curriculum, as long as you make sure they get the opportunity to spend time with other kids in their age group. By doing so, you ensure that your child receives as good or better an education than that available in the public school.

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