Know What the Pros and Cons of Homeschooling Are

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Introduction

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Homeschooling is getting increasingly popular these days. It's growth is estimated at 7-15 percent every year. According to statistics, there are approximately 2 million children who learn at home. There isn't a lot of difference between students who are being home-schooled and those who attend regular school, when it comes to performance. Many students with a background of homeschooling come up with excellent results in tests, and are welcomed into colleges and universities. Homeschooling for children involves self-directed learning and the potential to become successful employers in adulthood. This is where the main benefit of home schooling comes into play. However, opinions about homeschooling vary from person to person, so in the following lines of this article, we will go through the pros and cons of homeschooling. Probably a lot of parents are wondering if they can proceed with homeschooling, and these pros and cons can definitely help every parent make a correct and final decision about what is better for their children.

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Pros

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    One of the main advantages of homeschooling is freedom of choice regarding your field of interest.
    Most home-schooled children have the possibility to choose what they want to study, when they want to learn and how much time they would like to take for it. However, regardless of their choices, learning starts with basic things. However, learning might start at different ages as a child, depending on levels of interest, maturity and ability. However, in some states, educational freedom might be legally restricted.
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    Another pro for home schooling is represented by physical freedom.
    This means that most of the parents who choose homeschooling for their children see it as being a medium to save time. Here, we need to mention that there aren't exact schooling hours, "homework" or a school calendar established, so children have more spare time for other activities during the week, while this is not as possible for other children regularly going to school who are free only during the weekends.
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    Thanks to homeschooling, some children are proven to be emotionally free as well, unlike children who are going to school daily.
    Typical school days can be described as being pressure-filled, boring or even stressful, which can be a problem. Home-schooled children have the possibility to act, think and dress how they want, without the fear or need to fit in with others.
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    The fourth benefit of homeschooling is considered to be freedom from the religious point of view.
    Religious belief is one of the most important parts of the identity of a person, according to the opinions of numerous families. Homeschooling offers the possibility to include their religious beliefs into their children's daily lives.
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    Homeschooling also gives the opportunity to strengthen the relationships between family members.
    It is sometimes considered that children with typical schooling are rebellious and have destructive behavior, while these characteristics are not so apparent in home-schooled kids. The basic reason is we have every kind of student in schools, including mischievous ones, and others may be influenced by negative behavior more than positive.
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    The next great benefit of homeschooling is represented by stability when there are difficult times.
    Homeschooling has proven to be helpful in this area, and can help make children's lives better, by making them able to cope more easily with any obstacles that might appear in family life, such as death, illness, a new baby or other issues.
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    Unlike children who attend typical schools, home-schooled kids are considered to be well-rested.
    After intense study, it is crucial for every child to be both emotionally and physically rested. This is even more vital for teenagers and preteens. Unfortunately, the effects of classes held early in the morning are unfortunately destructive, especially for those children who find it hard to wake up early in the morning.
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Cons

We already saw the benefits of homeschooling, but like everything else, there are disadvantages as well. Let's see what the cons for homeschooling are.

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    One of the cons for homeschooling is time restraints.
    Unfortunately, children who don't attend typical schools require more time and attention from their parents. As the parent of your child, you need to consider if you'll have the necessary time to offer to him or her, if you choose homeschooling. If you don't have the time, it's not recommended to proceed.
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    Another disadvantage which comes with homeschooling is financial aspects.
    Can you afford homeschooling? This is one of the most important aspects to consider before taking your final decision. If homeschooling would mean sacrifice and struggling to balance your budget, it's better if you don't choose this learning alternative.
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    Another aspect which needs to be taken into consideration is the time which you spend with your children.
    Homeschooling practically means that you're with them 24/7, but if you don't mind it, you can go ahead with this learning alternative. However, if you don't like to stay together all the time, then homeschooling is not for your kids!
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    Home-schooled kids also have certain limitations when it comes to playing team sports.
    The reason for this is that children who study at home are generally more independent and do everything individually, compared to children who attend typical schools and learn together while they can form a great community and a good team for a particular sport as well. Unfortunately, home-schooled children and teenagers are not always welcome to be part of teams.
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    Another con which could be applied to homeschooling is lifestyle.
    Home-schooled kids and teenagers don't live the "normal life" in which children attending typical schools are involved. Here, parents of home-schooled children may encounter problems with their kids when it comes to their integration in society. Some parents and kids living in the norm (with regular school calendars) are less accepting of parents and children living outside the norm.
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Tips

  • Once you've decided to teach your kids at home, we have some great tips for you for the beginning! The first thing to do is to find out the legal regulations for homeschooling in the country in which you live.
  • To have time for everything else, instead of spending all your time with homeschooling, establish a daily program together with your children, and discover the way they want to learn. You can also go to a typical school, where you may talk to a good teacher who can give you the necessary guides for proper homeschooling.
  • Never lose your patience! It is considered that parents need approximately a year to get used to the new learning conditions of their kids. Therefore, you need to be patient with both yourself and your child!

Warnings

  • There are parents who believe that their children are safer in Christian schools or homeschooling. The most typical danger which comes with homeschooling is that it might take away all your time (as a parent). As the mother of your children, it's a good thing to help them in homeschooling but don't forget that your husband and your kids don't love you for being the home-schooler! They also want to love the mother, wife, and friend that you always were! If you can keep the balance between all the activities you need to do in a day, you're on a good track.
  • On the contrary, if you don't have the time for everything (time for yourself, time to spend with your husband, spare time with your children, time for cooking and cleaning out the house), then it may be time to re-evaluate the whole situation! If you consider all these things and always keep them in your mind, you will be able to decide whether homeschooling is beneficial for your children or if it's actually just a sacrifice.

Questions and Answers

The pros of being well rested while being home-schooled?

Being home-schooled doesn't only benefit the student, but the parents too. Kids do not need to put up with the pressures of classroom education - no loads of homework, no school calendar to follow and the kids get spared from bullying. The family can set a vacation or trip any time of the year without any worries of the kids having to miss their classes. Since there isn't so much stress and pressure, the child's brain and body are in good condition for learning. The brain learns and remembers more easily when it is not overworked.

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Another good thing about home-schooling is that a deeper family relationship can be built. Kids who go to school are there most of the time during the day, making them closer to the teacher and their peers. When kids are home-schooled, they get to see their siblings more, as well as their parents.

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