Visit a dozen or
more public schools throughout the U.S. and you'll see quite a few similarities.
Home schooling, however, looks very different from one household to the next.
For some families, a
home-based accredited online school offers a
perfect combination of individualized curriculum, easily accessible learning
environment, verified mastery, and online record keeping. Other families want
freedom to choose what their children learn as
well as when and where the learning will take place.
The National Home Education Research Institute finds seven
predominant reasons for homeschooling. Do you recognize among the list one or
two that you would classify as your most important reasons?
individualize the curriculum and learning environment for each child,
more academically than in schools,
pedagogical approaches other than those typical in institutional
- enhance family relationships between children and parents and among
guided and reasoned social interactions with youthful peers and adults,
- provide a safer environment for children and youth, because of physical
violence, drugs and alcohol, psychological abuse, and improper and unhealthy
sexuality associated with institutional schools, and
- teach and impart a particular set of values, beliefs, and worldview to
children and youth.
The list is bulleted, not numbered. One reason is
not better than another, just different. And just as the reasons for home
schooling are varied, so are the ways of accomplishing it. Sometimes the method
of homeschooling even varies considerably within one family, as unique needs and
learning styles are considered.
great thing about homeschooling is that adapting to a variety of learning styles
is possible. In a traditional classroom, your child is one of 20 to 30 students;
students who must adjust to the teacher's style of teaching because she
definitely doesn't have time to adjust to each child's different style of
learning. A home school can adjust the curriculum for the
instead of trying to make the child fit the curriculum.
Parent teachers have a huge advantage over traditional teachers – they know
their children and they know what works for them. Or maybe more importantly,
they know what doesn't work. You are able to observe and adjust to potential
roadblocks that might impede the learning process. And then instead of getting
frustrated and stressed about what he is doing, your child can move forward.
who are new to homeschooling often feel uncertain and overwhelmed. They aren't
sure if they are doing the right thing because there are many people who will
tell them that they are crazy to take on such a huge task as educating their
children. Those people are wrong. It is not crazy to care so much about your
children that you want to remove them from a system that is broken and has come
to the point that it is doing more harm than good. A good online school can make
things much easier for parents.
Two recent documentaries make this point very well; they are
War on Kids and
Bully. Both present a sobering and
sadly accurate picture of what goes on at school for millions of American
students every day. If you are suffering any doubts about your decision to
homeschool, watch these videos and your doubts will quickly go away. And you can
applaud yourself for taking a stand for the best of your child.