With all of the schooling options out there, choosing the right course of education can be a confusing and difficult process to navigate. Public school, private school, or charter schools – So, why choose homeschooling?
Homeschooling is an opportunity to choose the content and method in which your child is educated. You are in complete control over which curriculum you choose. With the plethora of publishers out there, it is possible to assemble an entirely customized program for your child. Consider your child’s interests, learning styles, and personality to determine the most effective course. This freedom also allows you to incorporate your faith and family values into your child’s education.
Homeschooling affords you the flexibility to determine your pace and your schedule. Working at your child’s pace allows them to maximize their learning, and reduce performance-related anxiety. Pacing allows your child more time to practice a skill, or to delve deeper into a subject that has captured their interest. Learning doesn’t happen at the same speed for every subject, and this freedom makes homeschooling a truly personalized experience. Creating a daily schedule that works around you will make your day more enjoyable. If you prefer getting work done first thing in the morning, then do it. If you’re not a morning person, that’s ok too! Consistency and routines are key, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to public school hours. You can also choose your vacations and holidays!
Fun. How often is the word “fun” used to describe a schooling experience? While homeschooling, it can be the word used to describe every day! Books are simply one method of learning, but there are many others that are even more effective and enjoyable for both parent and child. Consider how to incorporate all the senses into the day. The options are endless – Games, experiments, music, field trips, and so much more can greatly enrich the learning process. Fun and laughter bring a joy to schooling that relaxes the body, and frees the child up to learning without anxiety or pressure.
For many parents, choosing to homeschool is a necessity. The public school system is a success for many children. But for those who are being left behind, whose needs are not being met, this can have a lasting and devastating impact. Homeschooling a child with special needs means you can create an environment, a program, and a schedule with complete freedom to do what is best for your child!
No matter what your reasons, homeschooling can be an enjoyable and successful experience for you and your child!