Things to consider if Parents are thinking about homeschooling their children

Mayank Jain
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Things to consider if Parents are thinking about homeschooling their children

Source: The Conversation

A successful homeschooling experience happens when children and parents know the expectations, set targets, and enjoy them. In some families, one child can be homeschooled while another attends a mainstream school – if those options suit the individual children. Homeschooling should be a deliberate choice.

To homeschool, the child’s parent or guardian is the teacher (and de facto principal), and the home is viewed by authorities as a school. Parents who take on this challenge can be understandably worried if they have the time, patience, skills, and money to provide a home school for their child.

There is no specific amount of time families should be spending on homeschooling their children. Children will need to develop an understanding of when a parent is being a parent, and when the parent is being an educator or facilitator. It’s important to delineate homeschool time from time simply being a family, even if any activity can become a learning experience.

There are no prescriptive ways to deliver the curriculum, which is one of the benefits of homeschooling – the freedom to engage with the curriculum in a different, more creative way. The freedom of unschooling can increase confidence and sense of self in students. But homeschooled children also need peers they can engage with for social development.

Also read: Homeschooling with inequality is far from new
 

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