Is Home Schooling For You?

Home schooling is an educational choice that requires careful evaluation. Here are tips for consideration to help you make a prudent decision.

More parents are choosing to home school their kids than ever before. Reasons include fear of school violence, plunging standardized test scores, and diminishing values in public education.

While home schooling can be an effective educational option for many families, take time to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of developing a home school program for your child. Here are some points to consider:

1. In families that home school their children, typically the mother provides most of the instruction or supervises children's schoolwork. Fathers, on the other hand, chauffeur kids on field trips and to sporting events, and supplement the mother's instructional efforts by filling in as needed. There is no "set" method, though, so each family may choose its own way of doing things. Even single parents can home school, but it can be challenging to go it alone.

2. Home school curricula must be approved by the city or county Board of Education to be sure it teaches similar material as that which is offered in the public school system. In addition, tests and projects must be scored appropriately and with integrity so that home schooled kids don't get extra opportunities to revise or redo assignments that public school students do not have.

3. Extracurricular programs like sports, music, and art can be arranged in various ways. Some home schooling families exchange such services with other families. For example, a parent with art background can provide a weekly lesson to several home schooled children in the community in exchange for another parent offering writing instruction, and still another providing cooking, music, or auto mechanics training. Local libraries may offer similar classes at little or no cost. Some parents take their kids to the community high school for special classes like these to supply a classroom experience as well as the desirable subject material.

4. Home schooling materials and their costs can vary. Some programs provide workbooks at $4.00 each and answer sheets for $2.00, along with score keys. Others offer videos or computer programs for perhaps $200 that can accommodate and thus be shared by several children. Browse several programs online to find one that best suits your child's learning needs.

5. Parents should be prepared to supplement additional learning experiences that public education typically provides. These might include museum visits, field trips, competitive team sports, and literature or drama. Bookstores and libraries can supply materials to help parents get a feel for their new role as home educators.

6. Home schooling is not for everyone. Some kids learn well on their own in a quiet home environment. Others do better in an interactive classroom with up-to-date technology and a variety of learning methods. If home schooling does not bring out your child's best efforts and lead to good results in the form of grades and pride in academic achievements, be prepared to consider another educational option, such as private or public school.

For more information visit online international home school sites. There you will find information about curricula, resources, and suggestions to help you make an informed decision about your child's education.

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