Information On The Pros/Cons Of Practical At Home Schooling Programs

information on the pros and cons of practical at home schooling programs. Is this right for you and your children? See what's involved!

It seems that we see incidents of school violence on the airwaves almost daily; ranging from shootings to fights that end in death for one of the participants. And while most parents are fighting this battle within the school system, many are opting to take their children out of the range of such danger. As well, many families with problem children are finding less and less room to maneuver as the school system demands certain standards that cannot or will not be met for physical or emotional problems. One alternative offered is home schooling.

Home schooling is gaining popularity more and more as parents worry about the quality of education being given their child amidst more and more violence and conflict. Once thought to be only for religious reasons, the concept of home schooling is reaching into almost every town and city as a viable alternative to the public school system.

But are you ready to home school YOUR child?

Be prepared for a lot of work. While your child may be daydreaming about not having to get up for school until late afternoon, realize that you will be responsible for a variety of subjects and for making sure that your child will be able to cope in such an environment.

It was thought for years that the lack of social contact would inhibit children who were home schooled; but recent results of studies have shown that as long as the children involved participated in other activities outside of the home that there was no discernible difference. In fact, many children have scored higher on their test results because of the home schooling versus the public school system. But you have to assess your own child and how it will affect him/her. Will the lack of social contact during school hours be a distraction or a bonus? Will it encourage higher grades or melancholy as he/she wonders what their friends are doing right now?

Unfortunately, there is no test to see if your child would benefit from home schooling. You must choose what you feel is best for your child, knowing that you can always change back if you find the task too intimidating. Many parents enter into home schooling arrangements without seeing the amount of work involved. You are truly going to become the favorite/hated/loved/despised teacher as well as the parent at home waiting for the report card. This can be quite intimidating for many families and must be taken into consideration before deciding to home school. And if you do decide, it's not as simple as just flipping open the encyclopedia and having your child memorize all the volumes.

First, you must contact your local authorities about the laws regarding home schooling. There will be certain tests that your child must pass to receive an equivalent diploma to the high school diploma and criteria that you and your tutor must meet to continue this ambitious plan. There is likely a support group in your area that will help you with the strenuous task of outlining your curriculum and having realistic expectations of what you can accomplish at home.

Many small industries now exist solely to provide educational tools for home schooling and will be a great help in setting up your own home classroom, as well as providing a basis for you to follow in recordkeeping and keeping you abreast of new developments in the field. There are many different ways to home school; so you will have to do your research and see what appeals to you and fits your child best. Montessori is one way that has been acknowledged for years as a successful program for certain children. Again, it depends on your child and lifestyle as to what you choose to do. With each program you will find supporters and detractors, as well as support groups and plenty of assistance to walk you through the system as you maneuver your child towards that goal.

Second, you will have to assume all responsibility for the time your child spends at his new "school". You may find it hard to work off of the kitchen table; needing to convert a spare room into the "classroom" for proper education. You might have to maintain the same timetable your child was accustomed to; breaking the image of sleeping in until noon and only doing a few hours of work that your child was probably dreaming of. Again, it lands squarely on your shoulders as to how much or little you do to prepare your child for a life outside of school and outside of your home school.

But many children thrive in such an environment; finding the privacy and focus to be a major bonus in being able to work and create and learn in their own sphere of influence. Many families report that children once thought to be "slow" or "unwilling to learn" actually grow and excel in their new world, surpassing earlier goals and setting newer and higher ones for themselves as they reach out beyond the barriers of the school curriculum set up for the average child.

The jury is still technically out on whether home schooling provides a higher quality of education than the public system, but increasing reports of home schooled pupils scoring higher than public school students on tests are changing minds on the question of home schooling. Once thought to be only for the deeply religious or the refuge of the troubled teen who can't cope with the school system, home schooling is providing a welcome change for many families and their children.

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