If you live on a rural homestead, or small town or other rural community, then homeschooling your children might be a good option for you.
Homeschooling has a number of advantages over traditional public or private schools, and studies have shown that homeschooled children on average do better on standardized test than their classroom-educated counterparts.
Homeschooling allows parents to offer a more structured, focused learning environment free of the distractions and peer pressures of traditional schools. Children educated at home, either by their parents or through a tutor, are more likely to go on to college, and do well at university as well.
And with satellite Internet available almost anywhere in the country, Web-based educational tools can be combined with homeschooling to offer expanded learning opportunities that rival anything in the classroom.
Homeschooling Can Be An Amazing Experience
You need to think of homeschooling as a journey of sorts, a journey that you and your children will be taking together. You begin at a certain point (where your children are now in their education), and your ultimate destination might be spring of the sixth grade, the beginning of ninth grade (which is where most K-8 educators leave off) or even all the way through high school.
And this can be an incredible journey of learning and discovery for everyone involved. Many homeschool moms report they have “relived their childhood” all over again as they educate their children in this way. Memories of elementary school classes, the wonder of learning something new, the pride of achievement and accomplishment.
Plus there’s the added benefit of being able to spend so much extra time with your children, and pass on your values to those undeveloped minds. With so many bad things happening in our world on a daily basis, it’s comforting to know that your kids are home and safe in your care.
Some homeschooling tips
- Tip #1: Take the “school” out of homeschooling. Many people have an image of homeschooling as dusty chalkboards, hardwood benches and Mom wearing her teacher cap and lecturing to the “class” for hours on end. Basically trying to recreate a classroom environment in your home, which shouldn’t be your goal at all.
- Tip #2: Teaching your children at home is different by its very nature, so learn to adjust accordingly. You’re in your home for starters, the place where you live, sleep, eat your meals, entertain, etc. So don’t try to turn it into an elementary school. Let your kids sit on the sofa while they’re doing their reading assignment. Take them out into the backyard for biology class, where plants and birds and insects are available to study.
- Tip #3: Make your home a place of learning, not just during the daytime “school” hours, but all day long. Encourage your children to be curious about the world around them, even in the car, or at the shopping mall. Take them on a field trip to the library. Take them to the park for recess, and allow them to socialize with children their own age.
- Tip #4: Take the time to devise new activities for your toddler, especially if you’re homeschooling several children at the same time. It can be a challenge providing for a little one while you attend to the older children in your homeschooling class, but you can do it if you’re creative. One idea it to have some special toys and coloring books that are only brought out during school time to keep your young ones occupied. Another idea is to have your older children alternate spending blocks of one-on-one time with the toddler while the others focus on their studies.