Homeschooling has become more popular than ever. We won’t use this space to decry the difficulties of the contemporary education system. Most home-educators simply do not want to interact with it.
We often think we can do a better job. This sounds like hubris, but when you really think about it, how hard would it be to teach your child 1 + 2 = 3? And that c-a-t spells cat? You start there and build on it. Teacher’s manuals will help you when you get stuck.
While this article will focus on the benefits of home education, we in no way mean disrespect to you, your child, or their school. However, those on the fence about home education may want to read on.
Most parents want to ensure their children blossom creatively. Not all children will become the next Picasso. Some might not even feel confident in their abilities. But what child dislikes painting, drawing, or simply having fun with craft materials? If this does not sound like your child, head to places where education uses creative methods.
For example, let us say you are learning about traditional Venetian culture. Crafting carnival masks at the appropriate time of year will help your children gain sense of physical understanding of the time, and feel a sense of autonomy over their learning. As a home educator, you have many possibilities for creative activity and lesson planning.
Inspiration and creativity also come through the simple methods, such as home designs. For example, the amazing kids bunk bed collection at Cuckooland offers imagination-blossoming furniture that make sense for the needs of your child. If you look for it, you can find creativity.
When in home-education, you have certain freedoms. Therefore, you have the chance to promote a cohesive lesson plan perhaps unavailable to some children in school. Let us say you are studying World War I. You can focus on learning about geopolitics, or the geographical environments of certain nations. From there, you study cultural attitudes across the world, religious expressions, and many other forms of interest.
No man is an island. Humanity is connected. In other words, unit studies unify different subjects under one umbrella. One topic leads to another which leads to another, and there are always micro and macro considerations regardless of era and location. If you stick to the required syllabus, you have plenty of creative freedom here.
If you do the math, you might get upset. Sending your child to school around seven hours a day, five days a week (conservative estimates) takes you away from them for 35 hours a week. That represents 140 hours a month, which translates into over one thousand hours a year.
Homeschooling helps you bond much more deeply with your child. The parents become the fundamental part of the children’s lives. An old joke suggests that school is where you send your child to be raised by other children. While this is tongue-in-cheek, it has a truth to it. With home education, you can set the environment in which children blossom.