It seems like violence in schools is becoming more common as each year goes by. Depression, suicide, bullying-it seems to he happening more and more in schools everywhere. Parents are working hard to give their children everything they need; yet these problems still persist. This growing unrest in our public schools is just one of the reasons why more parents are considering home schooling.
When you home school you are there, so you know the environment they are in. You know they are not going to be pressured at school to try drugs or picked on because they do not have all the name-brand clothes. Many people give disapproving looks when you mention home schooling; they ask how a child could possibly learn anything if they are not in a “real” school. I know that the home schooled children that I have met have really impressed me by all things they have learned. They have a good grasp of all the things schools teach, and more.
If you are considering home schooling then you probably have a lot of questions. It seems in today’s world, families are going in a million different directions. With work and after-school activities, time spent together as a family can be rare. When you home school you are making your own schedule. You are right there with your child as they learn. You will have the ability to teach your child in a way that matches their personality. When you home school you build a stronger bond with your child. The entire family unit can benefit. And just because you home school does not mean your children cannot be involved in outside activities. Your children can and should be involved in outside activities that interest them, and home schooling does not hamper that in any way.
When you consider home schooling, do your research on the resources available to you. It is not necessary to buy a ton of books and materials. Besides the necessary textbooks and manuals, there are several free resources you can use to home school your child. There is the library, museums, even the zoo. It is possible to home school without spending a fortune. Now, it is important to teach them academics for their age. You can find all the resources you need for this from home schooling supply stores or possibly even online. What if you do not remember everything they need to learn? Take a class together at home! What a memorable experience that would be, learning something valuable together.
It is a common belief that children who are not in a real school do not know how to act with other children. Not so. Home schooled children generally have quite a bit of socialization. They go out in the real world. They will meet children their own age in activities they may participate in. There are many home school groups where you and your child can meet other home scholars.
When you are considering home schooling, one very important question many people ask is “what about college?” There are a good number of colleges who have taken notice of how well home schooled children do academically, and are happy to welcome them to their school. The library and most bookstores will have information on the steps you will need to take for your child to apply to college.
The most important question of all is “how big of a part do you want to play in your children’s lives?” If you want to play a major role in their life, then home schooling is definitely worth considering.