Misconceptions About Homeschooling
Homeschooling refers to home education that takes place at home or a confined space other than a school building. Learning can be guided and taught by parents, a tutor or an online teacher.
There are many personal reasons as to why parents opt to homeschool their children, namely:
- Negative or societal influences from other kids
- Lack of discipline in some schools
- Children struggling to cope with the curriculum
- Being a special needs child
- Mental health issues
The benefits of homeschooling:
- Promotes one-on-one learning
- Flexible schedules
- Finding a friend that is in the same/ similar position (homeschooled)
- Learning in a safe environment (example: no bullying/ peer-pressure or negative influence)
- More time spent with your child/ren which creates a stronger bond
- Adaptive learning strategies and methods tailored to your child’s needs
- The disadvantages of homeschooling:
- Costly (spending more money on learning material and books)
- Having the patience and refrain from anger when a child struggles with learning
- Finding ways to constantly be motivated
- No social interaction with other kids
- Parents are not fully equipped/ skilled
- Lack of freedom
The misconceptions of homeschooling:
There are many myths and misunderstandings when it comes to the concept of homeschooling, let’s highlight a few:
Children play all day instead of learning:
While this may be true, however not entirely as kids simply do not spend the whole day playing. Homeschool also enables kids to work at their own pace. A child that completes their work quickly will most likely have more time to play than a child that requires attention. Parents/ tutors have a set schedule with regular breaks in between.
Lack of socialization:
Many assume and associate homeschooling as being completely homebound with little or no interaction with other kids. This is in fact not true as parents can enroll their kids in extra-mural activities which enables them to interact and socialize with other kids.
Homeschool is only for wealthy people:
There’s often an assumption that homeschooling is for the affluent societies. It is often said that homeschooling is for parents that can afford to stay at home. This is not true as it is made for all people from all tax brackets. Parents also choose to make the necessary sacrifices to accommodate their child’s educational needs.
Lack of learning:
There is the assumption that kids play all day and not necessarily learn. Although homeschooling differs uniquely from any private or public school, it is no different when it comes to having a set curriculum structure. Homeschooling has all the basic subjects with other topics/ subjects that parents can choose what would be best suited for their child.
Homeschooling is forced onto children:
There are many reasons why parents choose homeschooling for their kids. Homeschooling is a better option when it comes to many factors that may hinder a child’s learning. This is however not enforced onto the child but rather a mutual agreement.
Therefore with the above mentioned, parents considering homeschooling should do thorough research. Children have different personalities and ways of learning, what works for one might not necessarily work for another. Always bear in mind that when choosing to homeschool your child/ren, be sure that the choice you make would be the best decision for your child’s educational needs.
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