With the end of the academic year soon upon us, parents have the opportunity to consider their options in their children’s education. Home schooling is becoming increasingly popular with a rate of 7-15% each year. Many are reluctant to go down the path of homeschooling. There are many myth and false beliefs that still follow the practice. However, there are many positives to educating children at home and removing them from the confines of a classroom.
One of the largest myths surrounding home school education is the fear that children will not learn to socialize properly if they are not exposed to a traditional classroom environment. According to Home School Academy children that are educated at home are often better socialized than those attending school. Children have the opportunity to interact with family members. Community activities can also provide additional social interaction opportunities for home schooled children to enjoy.
Classroom sizes today average anywhere from 25-25 students. Teachers are forced to teach to what suits a group rather than the individual. Children that are home schooled often perform better because their learning plans and curriculum are created with their needs in mind not the needs of an entire class. Children that are home schooled often have greater freedom and can use their own interests as part of their learning plan.
Homeschooling provides greater freedom for parent to decide what their children are learning. Some states may have the right to set minimum standards for education however parents will still control the vast majority of what their children are learning. Controversial issues such as sex education and religious topics can be handled in a way deemed suitable by the parents and not the local board of education.
According to Family Education.com, homes schooled children can accomplish in a fraction of the time what it takes a child in a traditional classroom to learn. Home schooled children are free from classroom disruptions and receive one to one attention in their learning. They go onto state that a home schooled chilled can often learn in a matter of hours what it takes students in traditional classrooms to master.