Why Parents Should Consider Homeschooling Their Children

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More and more parents are opting to be more involved in educating their children. Home education, or most commonly known as homeschooling, has increased its popularity over the years, especially in the United States. Homeschooling is where you or a tutor teaches your kids at home, instead of sending them to the more conventional classroom setting in public and private schools.

Parents cite many reasons why they choose to homeschool their children. The most prevalent reasons they cite are:

Lack of confidence in the conventional school system

Parents are not convinced the curriculum, teaching method or the quality of academic instruction is appropriate for their children. The conventional school system treats every children in the same level alike, ignoring the varying needs of each child. In contrast, homeschooling focuses on children as individuals. This is consistent with the notion that every child has unique needs and degree of aptitude. One method might be effective for some children in the class, but ineffective for others.

Flexibility of teaching methods

Homeschooling is also more dynamic and flexible. With homeschooling, teaching methodologies can be tailored to fit the capabilities and personality of one’s children. Parents can choose the teaching method or instruction that would fit the aptitude of their children, and better facilitate learning. By doing so, they can better cater for the varying individual aptitude of each children.

Homeschoolers have access to and can use varying teaching materials that are more appropriate for their children. They can select the teaching method and materials based on a child’s individual needs and capabilities. Homeschooling can also be used to teach responsibilities to your children. Parents can incorporate household chores in their teaching method so that children are taught to be responsible at home.

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Interest in participating to their children’s education and learning

Other parents prefer homeschooling so that they can have greater control and supervision over what and how their children are taught. Hands-on parents will want to come along their children’s educational journey. Homeschooling also allows parent to focus on their children’s strengths and weaknesses. They can further enrich their children’s strengths and supplement their weaknesses. In addition, parent-teachers can adjust the pace of how each subject is taught. They can go as fast or as slow in teaching a particular subject, depending on the ability of their children’s needs.

If their child excels in a subject or a particular are, they can accelerate his or her education in that subject or area. Non-conventional materials can be used to help their child learn a particular subject where he or she struggles. Parents can assess the strengths and weaknesses of their children and they can use this knowledge to design future homeschool plans and educational activities or instructions. Homeschooling also allows parent to focus on their children’s strengths and weaknesses. They can further enrich their children’s strengths and supplement their weaknesses.  Continue reading »

Wonderful Wednesday – Planting a Veggie Garden

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Every spring, I buy some vegetable plants and start another garden in my 4’x8′ enclosed patch in the backyard. The whole thing started when my son was one. I felt inspired to teach him where foods come from. He is six years old now.

I have learned a thing or two every year from working in the garden. About gardening and, also, about my own character. Lately, about homeschooling, too.

This year, I have already gleaned two lessons:

1. Don’t (trans)plant too early. We planted our veggie garden in mid-April. A week later, hail and snow killed it, even though we covered it with a sheet. When it’s cold, it’s cold.  Continue reading »