What Is Home Schooling

Home Schooling also called Home Education is a progressive movement of educating your children at home.

It is growing in popularity with a greater openness and mainstream acceptance. There are now over two million home schooled children in the US with homeschooling growing in Canada and Australia.

Research shows there are many positive benefits from this style of education with the stigma of homeschooling changing for the better. Studies show it as or more successful than traditional schooling if done properly.

Three Main Reasons to Home-school

What is Homeschooling?There are three main reasons most parents in the United States choose to home school.

1. For moral or religious reasons. With home schooling parents can limit outside influences and create a religious or moral based curriculum that fits with the families values.

2. Dissatisfaction with the public school system either academically or socially. Parents feel children learn better and faster with one to one and that one teacher to twenty to thirty students just doesn’t work.

3. Living in isolated rural environments, living abroad and traveling where traditional schooling is just not available.

Two general concerns of future home-schooling families are:

  • Can a parent be a teacher? and
  • What about teaching material?

Within home-schooling there are three methodologies a parents can use ..

Unit Study methodology

In this the parent relates multiple subjects to one topic. If the topic is ancient Rome you would study Roman stories (literature), write about a famous Roman ( writing), study Latin based words (vocab and spelling), make a Roman mosaic or building model, (art and craft),study Roman Society (social studies). Units can be created by the parent or purchased which reduces the prep work the parents needs to do. This methodology is a good balance between prepared and unique material.

All in one Curriculum

This is a more traditional approach where units of study are purchased and the instruction is identical or similar to public school. These are purchased as a package either by subject or grade level. Using this methodology makes re-entering the public school system easier. This is a great approach for the parent who is not interested in preparing material or is open to have their children re-enter the public school system.

Natural Based Learning

This methodology is where learning is child centered and child learn what interests them. Parents do not spend much time teaching or rely heavily on textbooks.

With this style of learning children learn by doing and daily activities become lessons.

There are a lot of options for parents who are interested in homeschooling their children. Some parents like to be very involved in the curriculum and are comfortable with child led learning. Other parents want to convenience of purchasing units and having a more scheduled approach. What every methodology you are interested in it is a good idea to do some research and decide on the teaching methodology you prefer.

Homeschooling is not just about teaching. It’s a lifestyle change with pros and cons.

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