Why would anyone want to homeschool their child? There are plenty of great reasons to make that decision. If you are “on the fence” about homeschooling, consider some of these great reasons to homeschool your child.
Go at your own pace.
Your child will never have to face the pressure of struggling to keep up with the rest of his classmates. The teacher won’t move ahead before he is ready for the next skill. He also won’t have to cope with the boredom of waiting for his classmates to catch up to where he is before he can be presented with new material.
Learning can be fun.
Homeschooling parents can do things to make learning fun that are not always possible in a public school setting. Use a YouTube video, or documentary on Netflix, to supplement the current lesson. Visit a museum without having to make pre-arrangements or hiring a bus. Incorporate art projects into other subjects (like English, Math, or Science).
Your child’s special needs will be met.
One of the concerns of parents who have children with special needs is that the school won’t properly accommodate for the child’s needs. Parents who homeschool will never have to worry about whether or not the school hired enough teachers aides or if the teachers aide assigned to your child was properly qualified to help her.
Lessons will match your values.
When you homeschool, it means that you get to create your own lesson plans. Parents can tailor the topics, and the way a subject is presented, to match with their own, personal, values. Parents who want to incorporate their religion into their lesson plans are free to do so.
Takes away the “Time Wasters”
Homeschooling means that you can focus all of your child’s academic time on educational topics. You can remove the “time wasters” that don’t add value or knowledge to a school day. Things like taking attendance, and checking to see if everyone is in dress code, won’t get in the way. Your child won’t have to wait around while the teacher deals with the problematic behavior of other students.
Control who your child chooses to befriend.
Parents who homeschool have to set up situations where their child can be with other children. Social skills are an important part of a child’s education. Setting up a play date gives you the opportunity to get to know your child’s new friend and that new friend’s parents at the same time. It is a great way for trust, and quality relationships, to form and grow.
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