Wondering about home-schooling? Many parents wonder if home-schooling is the right decision for their soon-to-be kindergartner. There is a long list of pros and cons around the subject, and most can be very specific to certain situations. I’ll run you through the most common considerations most parents will need to keep in mind and the differences involved to see if it is the best decision for your family. Let’s dive in!
There are many more pros than this brief list, but these are the items that most struck us when deciding between public or home education.
This one is a big deal for our family. The flexibility to miss a day in the week (due to sickness or vacation, say), and still make up that day during the weekend or later on, is fantastic. It also changes how our kids think about school and education. Rather than seeming like a job (M-F 9-5PM style), it is a process that is encourage and prioritized when the excitement is there, and can be flexible when forcing it would be detrimental (who wants to learn about numbers and letters when they are throwing up?). This does take a bit of discipline on our part to ensure it isn’t abused for superfluous reasons.
Flexibility also means less time driving to a location to drop off your child, resulting in more time for learning and other activities (it is also environmentally and wallet friendly as you save on travel costs).
2. Focus On Interests
General education is important to us. A well rounded education that touches on all aspects of life is very important. However, in today’s world, most professions are specialized and drill down into specific branches of any type of industry. There just isn’t enough time to learn everything about a particular subject. Being able to find what interests our children excel in and are excited about make it easy to tailor their education to what they are passionate about. While this can change over time, focusing on their interests makes learning easier as they are more engaged and are willing to spend more time doing it.
3. Active Participants In Education
By being an active participant in teach your child, you have the opportunity to learn alongside them. Rather than missing the lesson and only helping with the homework they bring home, you transition easily from lesson to worksheets the entire way through with them. This also builds trust and relationship as you get to spend more time with them!
In later years, this also results in teaching them how to teach themselves. Being a self driven life-long learner is an important aspect to success. Learning new skills and technologies in our ever changing world is necessary to keep up, and by involving them in crafting their own education, we teach our kids how to continue learning on their own.