As a parent you generally want what is best for your children, whether it be a happy childhood or financial security. And above all else you want them to have a good education right?
There are plenty of options to consider and which one is best for your family really depends on a lot of different factors, but one option that has been gaining popularity in recent years is home schooling.
From 2007 to 2010 the estimated number of children
in the USA alone increased from 1,500,000 to 2 million!
So why is home schooling such a popular option? Well there are plenty of reasons but here are some of the most commonly cited reasons why parents want to home school:
- The nearest school is too far away (especially for rural families)
- You can give your children more one-on-one attention / tuition
- Children have special needs not being catered for by state school
- It allows parents to teach a curriculum based on the family’s religion
- Parents generally dissatisfied with the quality of state schools
What Are The Upsides?
Obviously, home schooling your children takes a big commitment and it’s not something that every family can or should take on. But for those who do, it offers the opportunity for a rich education filled with one-on-one care and practical lessons.
If you have the means you can take your children on field trips once or twice a week where they can learn in a much more practical way than might otherwise be possible. You can also teach practical science lessons rather than having to focus almost entirely on theory.
Help From The Internet
One of the biggest downsides to home schooling is the isolation and the challenge as a parent of becoming a teacher. Thanks to the internet and word of mouth though, home schooling is becoming a much more accessible thing to do.
If you decide to become a home school parent you can find a wealth of information online, as well as forums where you can meet and talk to other home school parents for moral support and tips.
What Are The Downsides?
Of course there are downsides and every parent has worries about whether they are making the right decision. Unless you happen to be a qualified teacher, you may not feel like you can actually do a good job of teaching and you might not even know where to start when it comes to lesson planning.
Another downside is the level of commitment and the fact that as a home school parent you will probably not be able to pursue a career, which means accepting a big financial cost for some families.
Fortunately, with the right support and a lot of hard work, you can learn to be an effective teacher and home schooling can be an amazing way to spend more time with your children and really support them through their education.
About The Author
Written by James from www.uktutors.com. James works as a tutor in England, he also loves to travel and write about education related issues.