There are so many preconceived ideas about homeschooling. This could also go as
far as to say there may be a 'stigma' attached to being homeschooled. As a parent, there may be some worries concerning your child/children's ability to socialize. Some concerns may also be directed to if your children would be getting the same education or academic standard as children who go to public schools. Well, there's no better way to say that these are just misconceptions. This is not a form of putting down educational facilities but I would like to put these misconceptions to rest.
There are different aspects of bringing a child upright. These days, it seems rather hard because while your children are away, you have no control over what they experience nor the influences that surround them 8 hours a day. Homeschooling has a range of aspects that makes it beneficial. Let's take a few them one at a time, shall we?
Your child/children could actually excel more are home:
You are in the best position to see and understand what works for your children. This would be more possible because you can pay attention to them as opposed to a class with many students. You can customize their education to fit who they are: special needs, gifted, advanced, etc. You get to adopt the appropriate method and curriculum that works best for each individual child. This makes your children's educational plan more effective and efficient. You make the curriculum fit them not force them to fit the curriculum. You have a chance of training your child towards their life goals and interest without any pressure from a grading system.
You shouldn't worry about socializing:
If you were thinking that children who are homeschooled would be socially awkward, think again. Being homeschooled means that children get to spend more time with their family and build relationships. Think about it like this your child socializes with you, other people at home, and during every family outing. Yes, going to the library, an event or even the grocery store opens up opportunities to socialize with different people of different ages. You also get to teach them the best ways to deal with social pressure by imparting values, the right conflict resolution techniques and being self-sufficient or independent. Also, children get more time to do things outside of being homeschooled so, there's more time for volunteering and community involvement; socializing.
Homeschool is not expensive:
Yes, you read that right. Homeschooling your children could less expensive than public school. Now there are families that spend a lot of money on curriculum and supplies but you don't have to is the point. Homeschooling will automatically remove the cost of uniforms and other expensive clothes. You may be saying what about books and other supplies. There are tons of free and low-cost resources you can utilize on your homeschool journey. The internet is your friend for sure. You can also check out my Homeschool Resource eBook that is filled with resources that we have and are currently using.
Homeschool does not take up a lot of time:
Again, you read that right. You may be thinking I don't have the time. You'll be shocked to know that that also is not true. Depending on your child's age or grade level you actually don't have to spend a lot of time homeschooling especially if you choose to look at everything you do as an educational opportunity. Homeschool does not have to be the same hours nor time as a public school. You choose! Your 4-year-old may need an hour whereas your 12-year-old needs 2 hours. It just depends on the child but it for sure does not take 8 hours. Check out this pin on Pinterest for suggested hours for each age/grade group. Homeschool Hours
You mom/dad don't have to be a professor or a college graduate to educate your children:
Are you shocked yet? You don't have to have the highest education nor do you have to know everything to educate your children. I once saw a quote that said, "Don't question your ability to teach your child. Question putting your child into the same system that left you feeling incapable of teaching your child." and it is so right. You may have some doubts about whether or not you are capable to teach your children and that's okay. Just don't let those doubts linger. Push them out of your head. As parents, we have always had the tools to teach our children. You will be doing that for the rest of your life. You taught them what they needed to know in order to get into these school so why can't you continue to teach them. You have everything YOU need to teach YOUR children and don't you let anyone tell you differently.
People that look like you homeschool their children:
When you think about homeschool, who do you see doing it? If you don't think of
families that you look like yours you would be wrong. The world of homeschool is of all shades, financial, and educational backgrounds. It's not just for Europeans with money and college degrees. No shade I'm just saying you can homeschool your babies as well no matter what walk of life you come from.
There are so many benefits of homeschooling but I think we can stop here. I hope I have put some of the misconceptions around homeschool to rest for you. Let me know in the comments below if these were helpful and if you have any questions. I will be more than happy to answer them.