There were about 3.1 million homeschooled students in the 2021-2022 school year. That’s about 6% of school-age kids!
Are you considering switching to a homeschool approach for your child?
Homeschooling isn’t for everyone. Many children benefit from good public or private school systems. You also can’t underestimate the importance of socialization.
With that in mind, there are several benefits of homeschooling programs. Read on to learn all about them.
All children are different, but most private and public school classrooms have to aim for a “one-size-fits-all” curriculum. Teachers don’t have the time or resources to personalize their classes for every student.
Homeschooling is customizable. Parents can adjust the curriculum to match their child’s learning styles and interests. This can lead to better academic outcomes and a deeper love for learning.
Homeschooling programs allow families to choose or create a curriculum that aligns with their educational goals and values.
Parents who follow the Montessori school methods of teaching let students modify their own curriculums by following their interests. A Montessori science curriculum, for example, may include hands-on learning about areas of science specific to the child’s passions (like marine biology, plant life, or chemistry).
With homeschooling, students receive one-on-one attention from their parents or tutors. If there’s a small group of children in one homeschool “pod,” they still get more attention than they would in an average classroom.
This personalized approach allows for deeper engagement and better understanding. It also allows the opportunity to address any learning gaps right away.
Not all students need one-on-one attention. Those who do may benefit from a homeschool program.
Homeschooling offers flexibility in terms of scheduling and pace.
Families can create a routine that suits their lifestyle. It can allow for a balance between academics, extracurricular activities, and family time.
Many families have a hard time balancing school, work, and fun. Homeschooling can help with that balance.
This flexibility can be beneficial for students involved in non-school activities. It’s also good for families who travel or want to expose their children to new environments.
Safe and Healthy Environment
School should be a safe space, but that can’t always be the case. Many children feel unsafe in their classrooms. This can have a negative impact on learning.
Homeschooling provides a more secure environment. It also limits exposure to bullying, peer pressure, and potential health risks.
Families can prioritize the physical and emotional health and well-being of their children. Children who struggle with bullies, who are immunocompromised, or who are in “bad” school districts may benefit from homeschooling.
Are Homeschooling Programs Right for Your Child?
Homeschooling programs aren’t right for everyone. Not all parents can or should homeschool. For some, however, it can be a game-changer.
If you think homeschooling may be right for your child, start reading up on your state’s homeschooling regulations and open up a family conversation. Good luck!
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