More and more parents are deciding to educate their children at home rather than sending them to public school. Parents might not feel that public schools can teach their child everything that they want them to know, either that or there are certain things that parents don’t want their children to learn in public schools. Since parents aren’t trained teachers, they might feel that they are unable to do an adequate job of teaching their child and might actually be doing them a disservice. So are there any actual benefits of homeschooling?
Instilling Family Values
I would have to say that one of the biggest reasons parents choose to educate their children at home is so they can properly instill their individual set of family values in their child. Family values might be tied to certain religious practices, religious practices that may or may not be allowed to be taught in school. Even if a school does teach a child certain values and character traits, they might not be traits and values that parents want their child learning. Children could also be exposed to bad habits and bad language while they’re in public school, which is something that can be prevented if the child is being home schooled. Something else to think about are the books schools assign children to read and the movies that they watch in class. Those books and movies can subtly influence a child’s way of thinking and go against what parents want their children thinking and feeling.
By teaching your child at home, they can learn through fun projects that can involve the whole family. Examples of projects include landscaping, woodworking and arts and crafts. By combining education and family projects, your child gets to learn and have fun while bonding with the family. I think you’d agree with me when I say that we live in a day and age where there’s a certain breakdown in relationships between families and friends with the way that we’ve changed how we communicate. Families don’t sit down and have dinner together has much as they used to, and if they do their child might be paying more attention to their smartphone or computer tablet than they are anything else. If your child goes to public school, then you might have even less time to spend with them. With homeschooling you get to spend more time with your children while teaching them.
Parents who are thinking about homeschooling their child might be worried about stunting their socialization skills since they aren’t around very many people. So how do you tackle this problem? First, you have to think about what children learn while they’re developing their socializing skills in public school. Will they be learning good manners while eating lunch in the cafeteria? They would learn how to interact with people, but they might not learn how to interact with people the way you’d like for them to.
I’ll be the first to tell you that you don’t have to worry about your kids being painfully shy or socially awkward simply because they’re being homeschooled. Look at all of the people who went to public school and are still shy and socially awkward. Interacting with people is something that comes natural, like breathing or walking. If you want, you can find local clubs and activities that will allow you and your child to interact with other children and adults. Such activities will strengthen their communication skills and help them feel more comfortable around people. Another option to consider is social media networks created specifically for homeschoolers to interact with each other.
Friendships and Peer Pressure
By teaching your child at school you both can avoid the effects of peer pressure. There’s now more pressure than ever for kids to fit in and act a certain way, have certain things and wear certain clothes. By teaching your children at home, you don’t have to worry as much about them being bullied or being pressured to do drugs. Think of the lengths that you went to in order to fit in or avoid being made fun of. I can see how you might think that you’re depriving your child of the chance to make friends by homeschooling them, but you and your child have to remember that their main priority while in school is to learn, not make friends.
If your child is already in public school, ask them how they would feel about being homeschooled. It’s only fair that they have a say in how they learn. If your child is almost old enough to go to school, think about how much work you’ll have to put in to give them a good education and the sacrifices you’ll have to make. In any case, there are undoubtedly a variety of advantages of teaching your children at home.