Updated: Oct 31, 2019
Are you considering Home Schooling your child or Children?
If so you should probably ask yourself the following questions:
1- What are the benefits of home schooling?
2- What are the disadvantages of home schooling?
3- How can I be effective as a home schooler?
Before we consider these questions, let me make a few observations.
First, In my career as an independent publishers representative, I attended and exhibited at several Home School conventions. As I attended these meetings I observed some passionate and dedicated parents. They were hungry for help and assistance but in most cases, funds to purchase materials was quite low. So, a possible answer to the last question, how to be effective, one must be very passionate, very committed and have a strong desire to have success as a home schooler. Success may come slowly, but progress can be made slowly and surely when dedicated to a good cause.
Another observation of a personal nature. One of our sons had learning disabilities and was not always successful in school. He has definite strengths and definite weaknesses. One of his strengths was that he was an early reader. He loved to be read to and loved books. Because of this we felt he could succeed in traditional school. However, looking back retrospectively we wish that we had home schooled him because of his other weaknesses. My wife had the qualifications, she was a professional teacher and was taking time off to raise our family. She became a full time tutor and was totally dedicated to his success in school. I was a real challenge!
Benefits of home schooling
Let’s first consider the benefits of home schooling.
In an article entitled:”Raise smart kids, Benefits of Home Schooling: How It Can Make Kids Smarter, we can read: From the study from the National Home Education Research in 2003 found that home school graduated are active and involved in their communities, are more involved in civic affairs and are very happy in life compared to the general US population.
One on one tutoring – due to smaller student teacher ratio. Tailors learning to specific children’s educational needs, providing custom education based on strengths, weaknesses learning styles and interests.
Encourage independent thinking. To think on their own instead of following the group.
Students work for knowledge, instead of the grades. You have probably heard of “teaching to the test”, the student does not have to worry about a test.
Special needs of the student can be addressed, emphasized and strengthened.
Children who are hyperactive or are not behaving to the norm are not labeled as needing special education. Again, customized training can be designed and delivered.
Disadvantages of Home School
From an article from CLASSICAL CONVERSATIONS; HOME SCHOOLING, we can read about the disadvantages.
The family income is reduced to only one parent bringing in the monthly income.
The fear of “Falling Behind”, parents fear that if they home school their child, they may fall behind other children of the same grade level.
“All Day Affair”, Here again the committment and dedication is definitely required for a successful experience. It does require much time.
Taking Criticsm – Home schooling is growing in acceptance but there are still critics out there criticizing parents feeling that they are not in the mainstream.
YES OR NO?
Only you can make the decision, if it is yeas or no. Again, if you are passionately committed to getting results and making some positive progress, then you should do it. Our site will not be recommending or previewing any home schooling curriculum programs but we will be able to help you with supplemental products.
Important things to consider
Before we go we want to share with you some information we found to be quite valuable as your consider home schooling. From the website:www. homeschool.com, we can read: Ten 10 most important things to know about homeschooling:
1- Homeschooling is life changing. It creates personal growth for both the parent and the child.
2- You are qualified to homeschool your children if you like to read to them, love to spend time with them.
3- Children love to learn. It is as natural to them as breathing.
4- Homeschooling is legal everywhere in the US, Contact a local support group for help.
5- There are many ways to homeschooling your family, find out what works for you. Design a plan, then work your plan.
6- Your child will not become a social misfit. Most parents want their children to learn their social graces from adults – not other children. Help them to develop all kinds of relationships.
7- You will not have teach Algebra unless you really want to. It is not necessary to teach Pre-Algebra to ten year olds – teach it as they need it.
8- You will question yourself a lot – maybe several times a day in the beginning. This is normal. Create a planning or mastermind support group.
9- You will not have to starve or live in a tent to homeschool your children. Thousands of homeschooling families are able to make the money they need and homeschool at the same time. Be creative.
Finally, Trust in your Child. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk, talk, run, dress themselves and understand their world before starting school, and they will continue to grow and learn without “school” in the traditional sense.
WE hope this information has been benefical. This is a big decision to make!
Our site: www.infoproductsunlimited.com can help you help your child whether in tradional school or homeschool. In the coming months we will be featuring quality supplemental products to assist you in this seemingly overwhelming task!