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Modern Parents Choosing to Homeschool

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 104

My perception of the homeschooled family was that they were odd, had ten or more children and lived either in a hippy commune or an oppressive religious cult.

But then I met a modern homeschooling family! Guess what? They seemed almost....normal!

In the last few years I have come across mother's who homeschool or who were homeschooled. What was once a foreign concept full of harsh stereotypes suddenly became a topic that was intriguing. After all, these families weren't odd or religious zealots at all!

So I had to ask these questions.

Why on earth would you choose to school your children at home if there are good public and private schools in your area?

A variety of good reasons! Not all children fit neatly into the school system. Some children seem to be magnets for bullies, don't enjoy school, have a learning disability or difficulty or are academically gifted. The school environment doesn't always bring out the best in children. Sometimes it just doesn't meet their needs which prevents them reaching their full potential.

A question of values.....

Most public schools also don't teach value systems or if they do, it's hardly a significant part of the curriculum. Many parents believe that being capable academically is useless if you don't learn how to be a decent person! In fact, many believe that values should be foundational to further learning.

So, What are the benefits of homeschooling?

  • Spend more time nurturing your child's unique abilities and interests
  • Tailor learning programs that suits your child's learning style which motivates and inspires them
  • Teach your child at their own pace
  • Protect your kids for negative outside influences
  • Help develop your child's character in line with your value system
  • Maintain control of weekly schedules which reduces stress
  • Share the joy of learning with your child

Won't your children grow up socially awkward and weird?

Homeschooled children are not isolated from the world. In fact, they experience more of the real world than children who go to mainstream school. They don't stay at home all day but are out actively meeting people, travelling, networking and gain a much wider life experience than children who attend school.

Studies have shown that homeschooled children are not only more advanced academically than their peers but also more advanced socially!

The mothers I know are passionate homeschooler's. They have to be. They are going against societal and cultural norms but are doing so because they have conviction this is right for their families. I find them inspiring.

Is homeschooling for me? Who knows? But my misguided perception of those who choose this noble task has definitely been transformed!

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