Home School Programs – Are they right for you and your child?

The path you choose for your child’s education from kindergarten through 12th grade will be one of the most important decisions you can make regarding their future.  Nowadays, you are not just looking at public or private schools as options, but you also have to think about the possibility of home-schooling.  There are a great many benefits to having your children homeschooled, but there are some things that you must take into consideration before venturing down this path.  Here we will go into some of the basics regarding a home schooling program, with the hopes of helping you make the most educated decision you can about your child’s future.

First, if you are thinking about taking on this challenge to home school your child yourself, make sure that you have enough time and energy to see this lifestyle change through.  If you have not thought the entire process out, the only person that will suffer is your child, and that defeats the whole purpose of home schooling, which is obviously meant to benefit them.  If you do decide to become fully invested in the entire teaching process, there are a number of programs available to you to ensure that you are teaching the right programs at the right time, as well as many help groups, typically other parents in the same situation, that can offer support if need be.

Another option, which may be a bit less hands on if you are not fully comfortable in the teacher role, is online courses.  These courses are designed to follow along the typical coursework of each level they coordinate with.  In the event that you don’t feel that you would be the best vessel for teaching, but still want your child to benefit from learning at home, this would be the choice for you.

A strong positive to home schooling your child is time.  Time saved, time spent, in all facets of time, you win, because you can make your own schedule that works for you and your family.  If you are of the opinion that home school would be a better option for you, then let’s face it, you agree that there is a lot of wasted time throughout the day.  Wasted time that could instead be time spent learning.   Making a schedule together even is an excellent process to teach them about time well spent.

Many people fear that home schooling takes away a child’s opportunity to socialize.  This couldn’t be farther from the truth.  You can still enroll your child in after-school programs, activity days at the local YMCA, intramural sports teams, dance classes, you name it.  This is also very important in teaching your child that there is a time to do work, and a time to have fun, just as it is in the real world.

With all this being said, there are still a number of other things that need to be decided if you feel home schooling is right for you and your family, such as making sure that you are following all state requirements, or even how long you plan to keep them in home schooling.  But, once you have decided that this is the path for you and your child, rest assured that there are a number of resources out there to help guide you down this exciting path!