The decision to homeschool your child or children is often not easily made and usually a complicated process. But giving it a lot of thought may be absolutely worth it, and you definitely wouldn’t like to miss out the chance to give your kids a homeschool education if that is the right thing for them to do.
The following is a (by no means complete) list of the benefits and disadvantages of homeschooling. It will provide you with valuable infrormation on homeschooling that may be useful if you’re considering to educate your children through schooling at home. There are quite a few pros and cons to homeschooling your kids and we hope this article will shine some light on this challenging topic.
This may be seen as our modest contribution to the discussion about the benefits and disadvantages of homeschooling, and will help you identify if homeschooling is right for your family and you, or maybe not. Just take some time to think about each listed benefit and disadvantage, and try to see it in the light of your personal situation. Let’s first take a look at the things that make homeschooling a good option for thousands of families across the world that are homeschooling their kids.
The Pros of Homeschooling:
– You have more control over what and when your child learns
– You can teach your child that the process of learning is exciting, not boring
– You have a better chance to build a meaningful and intimate relationship with your child
– You can tailor your child’s education to his or her best learning styles
– You have the chance to give your child personal, in-depth attention in a field they excel or struggle
– You can transfer your beliefs and values to your child and address his or her every question
– You can shield your child from negative influences outside your home
– Interacting one-on-one with your child may well result in better teaching
– your child’s natural talents are nurtured so he or she will grow and thrive
– You can address some ‘big issues’ when you feel your child is ready
– You can share the everyday joys that life brings together with your child
– You have a better chance to support your child through difficult phases in his or her life.
– You can share the pleasure of teaching your child together with your spouse
– Vacations may be taken outside regular school breaks which will save you a lot of money
– Every week you can create a schedule that suits you best and that will allow you to not to be constrained by traditional classroom schedules
The Cons of Homeschooling:
– You could need to spend time with your child around the clock, and that for several days
– Maybe you need to justify your homeschooling activities to friends and family who may be opposed to homeschooling
– You must learn to be patient with your child when it seems he or she isn’t learning anything
– Sometimes the frustration of ‘being behind’ can be overwhelming
– You could be spending more money on your child’s education than expected
– It may be challenging for you to find an effective homeschooling method
– You may need to encourage your child even if you feel you don’t feel like doing so
– At times you may be required to seek advice from professionals or another homeschooling parent when you’re faced with problems you can’t handle
– You must research several curricula and programs to find something that will work for you, your family, and your child
– You may have to put in a lot of effort for finding children your child can build good relationships with