What Does It Mean To Homeschool?

Homeschooling is, in the most simplest of terms, having school at home. Homeschooling is when a child or children from a family receive their educational instruction from someone in the household, usually a parent or a guardian. There are a variety of legal definitions of what it means to homeschool that can vary from one state or locality to another.

When you homeschool, it means that you are in charge of your child’s learning and education. It is up to you to choose the direction of your child’s education, and to provide educational instruction and other educational opportunities that may help your child to learn.

This raises an interesting point: to homeschool does not mean to sit at the kitchen table all day every day teaching things to children. Rather, it means to use a variety of educational tools, such as the parent’s own instructional ability, community resources, and homeschool materials that are available for purchase, to provide the child with a quality education. In this regard, it may be comforting to a parent who is considering the possibility of homeschooling to understand that they don’t themselves have to be an expert in every content area. For example, a parent doesn’t have to know how to play the tuba for the child to learn to play the tuba. The child can receive this instruction from someone else. Likewise, a parent doesn’t have to be an expert in Science for their child to be educated in science. A visit to a planetarium, for example, can be as educational or even more educational than a school lecture in astronomy.

Making the decision to homeschool can bring several advantages, both for children and parents. Parents who homeschool, for example, are able to spend all day with their child or children. Because of this, parents of who homeschool often have a better understanding of their children, even into and beyond their teenage years. Likewise, the homeschooled tends to develop good communication skills with parents. In addition, parents are able to make their own family values central to their childrens’ education. They can contribute positively to their childrens’ academic, social, and emotional development, as well. When a child is homeschooled, they don’t have to worry about being paced with other children; they can work ahead or behind if they need to. Another pro is that homeschooled children can be encouraged to explore areas of academic interest, in addition to the basic fundamental educational needs.

There can be disadvantages to the decision to homeschool, as well. Homeschooling means that parents will spend all day with thier children. All day. Every day. Without a break. Without proper planning, this can make life difficult. Another con of homeschooling can be the difficulty that people outside of the family may have understanding why you are homeschooling. It may often cost more to homeschool, as well. In addition, parents who decide to homeschool may at first have some difficulty feeling comfortable in their role as a teacher.


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