Should You Homeschool? 7 Points to Ponder

Before you make the commitment, learn about what homeschooling entails.

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1. Discuss the Time Commitment

Homeschooling demands a considerable amount of time from at least one parent. For those who have the time, homeschooling can be a great way to tailor a child's education to specific needs and interests at their appropriate academic level, but the time commitment needs to be discussed together as a family. Homeschooling is not for every family, so consider how the time commitment will affect your family and your responsibilities as a parent.

2. Research the Resource Requirements

Homeschooling requires many resources such as books, videos, and other school basics. The cost of these materials can begin to stack up, so explore the costs in advance before you commit to homeschooling. There are ways to cut these costs by borrowing resources from other homeschooling parents, making use of common items in your house, or browsing through your public library for curriculum materials. The Internet also provides a wealth of information, so a computer in your house is an advantage.

3. Think About Academic Flexibility

Consider the academic flexibility and freedom that homeschooling can offer. Your child may be uneven in their abilities and require particular attention in some areas or excel in all areas and require academic challenges to stay motivated. In either situation, your child will not receive the attention they need in school. Homeschooling allows your child to pursue their interests without time or curriculum constraints and gives you free reign over your child's academics

4. Consider the Social Consequences

It is important to consider your child's social life and potential isolation as a result of homeschooling. Homeschooled students tend to be socially and psychologically healthy and have a broader age-range of friends than their schooled peers who are confined to people their own age. Sports teams, theater groups, and community organizations are great ways for your child to meet and socialize with their peers.

5. Explore Your Personal Preference

There are many methods of homeschooling so it is important to find the right method for you and your child. Be willing to experiment and test out several methods before deciding which is best. Your method may change over time with more experience. Remember that no single method is considered best.

6. Keep Tabs on His Performance

Parents are often concerned with how their homeschooled student compares with their peers who attend conventional schools. Use standardized test scores to see how they compare. Low test scores in one area is an indications that you need to dedicate additional time to this topic.

7. Keep College In Mind

Structure the later high school years with college in mind. Some homeschooled students chose to enter conventional school in order to receive a diploma. Your student’s academic background may be a competitive advantage in the admissions process. Check with colleges to see if they have specific requirements for homeschooled students. Be prepared to provide a detailed description of the homeschool courses so that colleges can gain a better understand of your child’s unique education.

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