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Why Parents Should Consider Homeschooling

Why parents should consider homeschooling

Why Parents Should Consider Homeschooling

 

When it comes to homeschooling your children, there are so many benefits compared to sending them to public school and even private schools. As a parent, you want your children to have the best education that life has to offer, so they can have the tools they need to navigate and survive in the world that they are living in today and to the future.

Again, the question is why parents should consider homeschooling for their kids and how it can benefit not just for the kids, but for you as a parent. Here are our reasons:

Learning Can Actually Be Fun

While you are teaching your children, of course, you may start teaching them basic math, reading and writing skills, and reading comprehension. A problem may come up as to how to make these kinds of subjects actually fun so your kids can retain the information.

One way of making learning fun is to use animations heavily and using words that will keep your children engaged. I’m sure you’re well aware that kids can be easily distracted by their surroundings, so using fun and interesting education material will keep them engaged.

Social Interaction Can Be Improved

Many parents concerns come down to their kids being social with other kids. They believe that because there’s hardly any interactions outside of the home, that they won’t build up the social skills needed to work with others as they grow up as adults.

A parent will actually be surprised that even though their kids can enlist in a public or private institution, they still could lack social skills because of bullying and peer pressure from other kids. So what’s the remedy? Homeschooling can improve your children’s social interaction with others is by having them join extracurricular activities outside of the home.

This can be taking piano classes, joining sports organizations, or attending a homeschool co-op. This can be done every week in addition to their homeschooling education.

Children Can Excel Academically

With homeschooling, there are no set schedules to teaching your kids. You can find out easily build on your kids’ strengths and if there are weaknesses you can personally work with them to improve it.  You can go as fast or as slow as you like and there will be less pressure for your kids to cram the information you are teaching them.

You Can Teach Your Children Your Own Morals and Principles

This is probably the most important reason why parents should consider homeschooling their children. When you leave your children in the hands of other individuals the majority of the time, there is a greater chance that your children can be easily influenced to do things that are against your morals and principles.

Think about it, if you are working for eight hours Monday through Friday and taking care of other affairs, how much time do you actually spend the time to teach your children about life through your worldview? Not much time, I bet.

With homeschooling, not only you can show them your worldview, but you can teach your kids how to budget, how to manage their time to balance between education and play. By doing these task, this will absolutely make you a much better parent.

We are sure there are more reasons why parents should consider homeschooling, but these four points are a great start.

Tips For New Homeschoolers

Tips For New Homeschoolers

As new homeschoolers, we know that educating your kids is a tough task to take, and we also know that having tips and guidelines can help you on your journey. Here are a few tips for new homeschoolers that have worked for us along with other homeschooling families.

 

  • Don’t try to be like public and private schools. We believe this should be obvious. Make the setting in your home fun and inviting for your children giving them an awesome atmosphere of having them feel less pressured so they can retain the knowledge that you are teaching them very easily.

 

  • Ignore the naysayers proclaiming that homeschooling your kids will turn them into hermits. Your kids can join clubs, groups, and co-ops to learn how to build social skills with other kids. Who’s to say that all kids that are homeschooled spend the majority of their time just learning. By involving education and play, it teaches them time management skills which is beneficial to live in the present, technological world. 

 

  • Connect with other familiesOnce you get inside a community of homeschoolers, you’ll be encouraged that you’re making the right choice for your children’s future.You can find a community offline and/or online just by searching through sites like meetup.com.

 

  • If possible in your calendar, attempt to attend a homeschool conference.

 

  • Like we’ve mentioned briefly, we live in a technological world. Use technology but do not turn out to be dependent on it. You may use a computer-based curriculum and you could experience computer glitches. Make sure you do physical books at hand just in case.

 

  • When you are homeschooling your children, always start with one subject such as Math. Then in the next week, add in an additional subject. With this strategy, your children will not feel overwhelmed and disinterested.

 

  • This may go against your will and nature, but there’s no need to do each and every subject each and every day! Keep in mind that public schools supply music once per week, possibly twice. Science is taught only two or 3 days per week, as well as the same goes for history, geography, social studies, foreign language and much more. You will kill yourself wanting to fit in six subjects each day.

 

  • You will be surprised by how a handful of materials you need to teach. Again, start slow and steady with just one subject. Once, you assess that your children are picking up concepts of the subject quickly and easily, add in an additional subject to your curriculum.  

 

  • At American Academy, we can not over-emphasize the importance of reading and math. They’re the keys to everything else your kids will learn. Do every little thing in your power to develop strong readers and small mathematicians.

 

At the end of the day, This is YOUR school. But if you as new homeschoolers follow these tips, you will be well on your way to develop your children into world-class citizens.