The decision to homeschool is a big one, and there is a lot of thought that parents put into the process. Homeschooling can be a great option, and one that works for many families. If you are in the deciding stages of whether or not to homeschool, then this is for you. Here are some thoughts about the pros and cons of some of the main areas of consideration when it comes to homeschooling.
The first question that is almost always asked of any homeschooler is, “What about socialization?” It seems to be a big fear of many individuals that homeschooled children will be shut off from the real world, and not become comfortable around others in the same way that children in public school will.
In fact, homeschooled children have proven to be highly socialized. The advantage of homeschooling in light of socialization is learning in an atmosphere that is mainly free of bullying and peer pressure. They have friendships, learn to work with others and become valuable and contributing members of society just like children in any form of schooling. Of course, if you have a small family, you may need to search a little more diligently to find children their age to play with, but this is becoming easier as more and more homeschool support groups create organized functions where children can meet together regularly.
Schooling at home can be a haven for a child who has been bullied. Many children who had a tough time in public school succeed once they are away from the distractions and fear of bullies. Homeschooling can be both a short- and long-term solution if this is the situation your child is currently facing. And although socialization among peers is often pushed as an all-important goal, many homeschooled children do the bulk of their socialization with a wide variety of ages, which enriches their life experience and helps them learn to socialize even among non-peers.
Further Education and Work
Homeschooled children go to college and university just like other kids. Although some schools used to be hesitant about homeschooling when it was uncommon, most of them now accept homeschoolers, and some have even requested that homeschoolers apply there.
If your child is in high school, be sure to check your local requirements about what a child needs in order to be considered as a graduate from high school. Although there are often alternative ways to enter college and university, it helps to have the right papers and can also save you a little trouble in the short term.
When homeschooled children want jobs after graduation, they are often benefitted by the fact that they were able to volunteer when they were younger, due to having free time that public school students didn’t. Homeschool students’ comfort with self-directed learning also gives them an edge.
Opportunities for Extracurricular Experiences
Do homeschooled children have opportunities to take part in extracurricular activities? Absolutely, and many homeschooled children are even more involved than what is common. This is often because of the fact that unlike public school students, homeschooled children are not exhausted after being away from home all day and therefore have the energy and time needed to seek out different activities.
Ultimately, the decision whether to homeschool or not is in your hands. Discuss all important aspects, and inquire about info from anyone you know who currently does this themselves. In time you will find your answer about whether homeschooling is the right journey for you and your child.