Advantages and disadvantages of home schooling your child
Thinking of homeschooling your child? There are many reasons to choose homeschooling over public schools. To help you make your decision, here are some pros and cons of homeschooling:
Homeschooled children perform better on standardized tests. For example, in a recent comparison of SAT scores, homeschooled children got an average of 568 on the verbal test and 525 on math, while the national average was 506 on verbal and 514 on math.
Homeschooled children can work on flexible schedules according to their needs and personalities. You do not have to wake your child up at 6:00 A.M. to prepare for school. If your child is not an early riser, you can start classes at 9 A.M. instead.
Your child receives focused attention when homeschooled. It is difficult for a teacher in a public school to give children the focused attention they need in a classroom full of 30 children.
Homeschooling gives you extra time to bond with your child and stll have more for the family. You can take educational tours with your family to experiment with each other.
There is no peer pressure in homeschooling. If your child mispronounces a word or does not give the correct answer, nobody will laugh or make fun of them. Nobody cares if they have the latest designer clothes. They can go to school in their pajamas, if they prefer.
Religion is avoided in public schools. However, you can include religion in daily lessons through homeschooling.
With homeschooling, you can define a learning pace that is right for your child. You know their strengths and weaknesses. If they struggle more with math than English, you can focus more on mathematics.
Public schools often may not have the best teaching materials available to them. With homeschooling, you can choose the best materials for your child’s needs and abilities.
Some disadvantages of Homeschooling
Be aware that even if homeschooling has many benefits for your child, it takes some sacrifices on your part. You will need to set aside time to prepare and give lessons, organize activities and excursions outdoors, and teach the child to form friendships and engage in other activities.
Another disadvantage of home schooling is cost. Parents who choose home schooling instead of free public education are mainly responsible for purchasing the necessary program, which can amount to an average of about $400 per child each year.
This includes costs for excursions, software and equipment for projects, and the many resources available for other parents. The cost is even higher for families in which one parent has relinquished his full-time job in school to stay at home. For those families who had previously relied on two incomes, this can be a serious drawback.
So, consider all of the factors before making a decision to homeschool your child. Make sure you can commit to it before you start.
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