Home Schooling Motivations
Are you thinking about Home Educating?
In recent years interest has once again been mounting in the idea of home schooling. Of going back to our roots! Even parents who would have never dreamed of home schooling their children, are becoming intrigued by the idea and turning to it after some thought. What is drawing parents to home teaching? Why are some families deciding to take their child out of conventional schools? There is actually not an easy answer to this question as there are so many different reasons. So below I have compiled some influential factors on why some parents are deciding to home educate. Although the main reason is that parents want to have the freedom and the direct responsibility in deciding what decisions to make in the way their children live and learn. The beauty is that family bonds are strengthened immensely and it is an extremely joyous experience for all.
Home schooling Based on Values
Home schooling parents are able to constantly guide their children according to their values. If the teaching has foundations in religion then special religious days can be planned and celebrated together, as can special family days such as birthdays, wedding anniversaries etc. children learn from observing their parents primarily and by actively taking part in the day to day family activities, so home schooling is really a natural progression as parents know their children best and know what makes them tick. For some families, especially in the USA, religion is a crucial reason when deciding to home teach. (Not for us in any way shape or form). For others it obviously isn’t but they highly value and enjoy the chance to talk over their own values in relation to what the child(ren) are learning.
Home Schooling Based on Educational Factors
The majority of home schooler’s decide to do so because of the educational benefits they expect. There are many benefits of home schooling, but the most significant benefit is that each child’s individual needs can be tailored to and the education can be totally suited to the child. There are no rules or methods that must be strictly adhered to, and the curriculum can always be adapted to the changing needs of children. Children are able to go at their own pace, there is no pressure to keep up with everyone else in the class. If they understand things quickly then the pace of learning can be sped up. When in a ‘normal’ school it is hard to please all children’s learning abilities. All children are faster or slower than ‘average’ in different subjects. If a child is particularly enthused by a certain subject and learns fast, more in depth studies can be undertaken and more material can be learned, which may not be have been possible at a public school. On the flip side if more time is needed then this can also be accommodated. If necessary, a subject can be put on hold and returned to later when ready. To learn at a befitting level is more enjoyable and challenging to a child, and doesn’t seem so much as hard work. Learning may also be more efficient as children can use and adapt learning styles exclusive to them. There is also the benefit of uninterrupted time to write, read, think or work on a activity. In depth studying and creativity are not easy in classrooms that are noisy and overcrowded. Children have more time to pursue their own interests such as music.