Home education is simply conducting learning discussion at home. The parent or tutor is the teacher while the children are students. Studies found out that there were about 2 million home schooled students in America and the number increased up to 5 – 12% over the previous decade.
Long before the constructions of academic institutions such as universities and colleges, home school education has long been practiced at home. As the old adage goes, "the home is the first school of children while their parents are their first teacher" holds so much truth. Unless parents are teachers, education at home provides alternative venue and option to teach children basic lessons such as colors, shapes, and basic math and science as well formative values.
Probably the best thing about this approach is that the parent and child are able to spend more time together. This will deepen their bond or relationship and will provide opportunity to exchange familiarization of their own personalities. This way of teaching makes it possible to customize the time and be flexible about. Parents are able to choose the discussions to suit their children's habit, preferences and ability. They are also able to monitor their children and work with them closely. The following are found to benefit and create impact on home schooled children and parents as well:
1. Individualized Attention – the most effective benefit of home schooling is that child enjoy the privilege of having a "teacher" closely and solely focusing on the child's progress
2. Freedom to Diversify – Parents are also able to customize the curriculum and make sure it fits the needs of the child. Parents should take note that Home school education still follows particular federal policies and laws.
3. Social Adjustment – Children find extra-curricular activities exciting and fun. Incorporating field trip with cousins of same age, or trip to museums with a kid next door is a fun way to learn. It will also help children overcome lack of social interaction as critics say of this method of teaching.
4. Family Bonding – bringing the parent and children closer
5. A Good Education – having to create a venue to foster holistic development of the child
When considering this approach to your children, it helps that the entire family is involved in the decision – making process as well the discussions, activities and other home school components (such as field trips, trip to museum, zoos and playgrounds) as well. Also, assessing your financial capacity will help your visualize the amount you are willing to shell out for home school education. If financial sources are uncertain, be resourceful and look for alternative materials to suffice the needs. Families who have tried home schooling have good lessons and experiences to share. So talking to these families will help you visualize what you are putting yourself into.
Either way, the parent must be sensitive and conscious to children's needs and wants. Although it has been proven that this type of methodology is beneficial to children, the parent must always assess the development of the child to make sure that the home school education fits their children.