Every parent only wants the best for their children, especially with their education. One of the most conventional ways of educating kids is by attending classes either in public or private institutions. However, not everyone can take these classes and not all parents seek to send their kids to traditional school set-ups for various reasons.
So how do these kids learn? Some families choose home study programs or homeschooling for their kids.
Homeschooling allows students to learn outside of school and under the supervision of their parents or tutors following the regulations set by the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). Throughout the years, the number of families who use home study programs has been increasing. At present, homeschooling has become a widely accepted valuable alternative to traditional education.
However, homeschooling is a huge decision to make and requires thoughtful assessments. You should weigh factors carefully before you homeschool your child. If you’re worried and unsure, here are 5 important things to consider:
It is important to communicate with all your family members regarding homeschooling. Do your child and spouse agree with the idea? If not, you can make some research and discuss it with them. Or together, consult guidance counselors to help you in deciding. You can also ask other homeschooling parents for their experiences so you can have a glimpse of what it will be like. Although the decision is the parent’s to make, your child’s opinion is important too. Children who are involved in the decision making tend to be more cooperative, so try asking your child about their doubts and take the time to address their concerns.
Educating your child at home will certainly take up a great deal of time each day, especially if it involves more than one child. Like regular classes, there are lessons, exams, projects, and other activities that will be required of the student. One, if not both parents, must commit their time and make sure that these activities are being accomplished. Aside from this, regular household chores like cleaning, grocery shopping, and laundry still have to be managed. Before you start with homeschooling, make sure that all family members are informed of their duties and responsibilities, but manage your expectations appropriately.
Children can benefit most from home study programs through its flexibility. For example, your child can study Math and Science the entire day and Literature and Communications the other day. This is beneficial for students who are inclined to other subjects as they can have more opportunities to harness their strengths. But a word of caution, make sure they still get to spend time on all subjects and allot extra hours to address their development areas. Since homeschooling is more flexible, your child can enjoy learning about traditional subjects through non traditional ways. For example, if your child is fascinated with stars and other heavenly bodies, you can incorporate these with math problems or bringing them to interactive science museums.
One of the greatest concerns of parents when it comes to homeschooling is the child’s social life. Children, especially at their formative years, have personalities and level of social skills different from one another, it is an important thing to note that parents may need to help their homeschoolers more in forging new friendships and maintaining relationships. One benefit though is that you and your child are more in control of choosing social circles. They can still be engaged in the community by enrolling in community programs, joining team sports, or volunteering. These activities will allow your child to meet people and spend time with other kids, too, so make sure you expose them enough to these social interactions.
Finding the right learning materials for your child may feel quite overwhelming at first but now, there are many homeschool providers in the country that you can contact. Lastly, parents also need to consider the financial burden homeschooling can create, especially if one or both parents will stay at home to facilitate your child’s homeschooling. While it is possible for both parents to educate their child and work at the same time, adjustments still need to be made like arranging daily schedules, alternating shifts, or asking for help from other families, friends, or tutors.
Once you’ve thought about these 5 factors, you’ll hopefully have less uncertainties and be able to decide if homeschooling is the way to go.