As the name implies, homeschooling (the American term) or home education (the term used in other parts of the world) is just a means of educating children in a controlled environment (at home) without sending them to school.
Much like public or private education, homeschooling also educates children based on a curriculum but the difference is that this curriculum is provided by the parents of the homeschooled child based on his/her personality and the interests of the parents.
This perk alone is good enough reason for many parents to choose this method of educating their children over sending them to public schools, but there’s many other advantages to home schooling than this, which we will touch upon in a moment.
Homeschooling is usually done in conjunction with a public or private school and is considered one of the most beneficial ways to educate the children as it provides them with the freedom to learn at their own pace and on their own time.
One of the first undeniable benefits of homeschooling is the huge flexibility it brings along with it in terms of what your kids can be taught, and at what pace.
For starters, the homeschooling curriculum can differ greatly from what pupils learn in the public schools, and sometimes this is a much better way of approaching education because children get the education that suits their personalities better than what they’re taught in school.
Every newborn has certain talents for, and interests in certain aspects of life, be it nature, math, arts, etc. So, it makes sense to guide your kids towards the fields they’re most interested in, or talented for, from a young age with a curriculum tailored to their needs.
And this is something that public schools, unfortunately, can not offer at the moment. Not all of them anyway.
As mentioned earlier, one of the biggest benefits of home education is the freedom of learning things at your own pace.
It’s been known for ages that human beings learn much quicker when they’re not stressed and when approaching things that they are genuinely interested in. And homeschooling helps with this aspect, too as it allows parents and tutors to teach their children after a schedule that is convenient for both parties.
This freedom allows children to develop their interests and personality from a younger age and much faster than the kids in regular schools, and that’s an undeniable benefit to offer your children.
Control Over Your Child’s Progress
One of the best things about homeschooling is that it grants you control over your child’s progress and the education he/she gets.
This is done not both through the curriculum you’ve chosen for your kid, but also because you are right there with your child when he/she receives education, so you’ll know first-hand how this education affects them, or their progress.
In regular schools keeping the progress of a child in check is a luxury that many parents can not afford because they will have to rely on the teachers’ word and on their ability of constantly tending to every child’s needs, which is almost never possible.
And last – but definitely not least – you will save money. Possibly lots of it, too if you live in a country where the education system is expensive.
Depending on where you live in the world the cost of education might be non-existent (some countries do provide free education), or very high and in such cases schooling your kids at home is the best thing to do if you can not afford the high costs of public schooling, much less those of a private school.
And let’s not forget the books and other learning materials (templates, courses, etc.) that many teachers demand their students to pay for nowadays. These resources will easily cost you thousands per year, and if your child shows no natural interest in the topics that these materials cover… that’s even more money down the drain.
Conclusion: No matter why regular schooling is not an option for you, or whether or not you specifically wish to educate your children at home, homeschooling is a great way to do it for the reasons mentioned above, and not only.
There are many more benefits to homeschooling than the ones mentioned here that we will go into more depth in a future article.
However, please note that this form of education is not only positives. A lot of negatives come with homeschooling, as well because parents need to prepare themselves for major lifestyle changes.
They need to alter their schedule so that they can attend to their kids more. This means they need to arrange their working and personal life schedules in such a way that these 2 parts of their life compliment each other.