When young people are told that they are going to be home schooled you get a mixed bag of reactions. Some will be extremely angry at being taken away from their school and friends. They will be upset that roadmap to college will change drastically and will affect the college they gain entrance to.Then others will be extremely happy. These are the groups that were terrorized by bullies in public schools. These groups had few friends and were the brunt of most jokes at school. This group of students hates school and is usually very depressed all the time.No matter which group of students you came from, home schooling really is good for all. Very quickly students learn some of the major differences:
Individual attention: No more sleeping through math class, or English. Now your mother is there to make sure you are awake and doing the assignment. This is the first and biggest change for most students changing from public to home schooling. The one on one teaching they get is totally alien to them. The fact the new teacher is their parent makes it harder to get used to. That is why it is so important for parents to research and find their teaching style before they start. They must separate themselves from being parents and become teachers.
Same teacher for all subjects: Students do not get a break from their teacher like in public school. The parent is the teacher in every class they take.
Breaks: The teacher (parent) must find what works best for their situation. It is usually a work in progress. Home schooling has a great advantage over public schools because it is so flexible. If something comes up and you need to miss a class for a dentist appointment it is easily rescheduled.
More free time: If students work hard at their home schooling they find that they have much more free time on their hands. In most cases parents reward the student when they work hard and finish work or tests early. This incentive works great with home schooled kids. They love the free time home schooling offers them.
The list goes on and on. Suffice it to say that your child hood education will be better for you if you are home schooled. Parents need to take a good long look at their child’s education and seriously consider home schooling as an option.
More and more parents have started to consider home schooling as a wonderful alternative to sending their children to public school. Nowadays, the public school system, leave a lot to be desired which is why the option has gained popularity.In this environment, students won’t have to deal with bullies, violence, gangs, and other social hazards that people have come to expect from the public school system. Aside from this, it provides help parents foster and instill belief systems that may not be given importance in a regular school setting. Not to mention that it promotes closer ties between parent and child.However, there is still some contention over traditional classroom instruction. For instance, some might argue that a home school child may not be able to develop social skills properly. This point revolves around the fact that a classroom setting allows children to interact with one another. However, if one really thinks about it, schools provide an environment akin to that of an office and any deep personal interaction will happen outside of the classroom and not in it.To address social development in home schooled children though, the parent-teacher must be able to incorporate the proper social learning and interaction of his or her child through field trip activities organized with other organizations or other home schooled children. There are also a whole slew of extra curricular activities that may be included in the child’s learning curriculum to enrich the learning experience and promote social development.State laws and requirements must also be taken into consideration in the decision to choose over traditional education. As a responsible teacher-parent, one must of course learn about the legalities and requirements of non traditional schooling to ensure the best quality of education for one’s child.To learn all-from the basics to improving your current set up with your child or children, there are a number of publications available to help you with this.A Natural Learning Experience (http://www.thenaturalife.com/The_Natural_Life/Home_Schooling.html)This site’s author shares his personal experience. It is a wonderful resource on home schooling and lists a roster of fantastic books that will help any parent schooling their children.The How Tos of Setting Up Home Schooling Resources (http://www.home-school.com/Articles/HomeschoolResCenter.html)This site contains an article that helps a parent-teacher to pick up practical and useful insight and tips on setting up a resource to ensure a healthy learning environment for the home schooled student. It offers a list for a starter kit and lists a few books that are must haves for anyone serious about home schooling their children.