Homeschooling has gotten a lot of flack over the years, but for some children and families, it is the perfect fit. Homeschooling can relieve social pressures and can allow gifted students or underachievers to learn at their own pace. Homeschooling also allows parents to teach children in non-traditional ways, bringing them out of the “classroom” and into the world to make new discoveries and to learn valuable skills that may not necessarily be taught at school.
The World As a Classroom
When children are taken out of a classroom setting, it can awaken their senses and interest them in learning. This often makes children more receptive, so they can more easily learn about different subjects that may have been hard to glean from a lecture or a text book. Taking children to a museum or historical site to learn about local area history will make the lessons infinitely more tangible than simply reading about what artifacts and structures look like.
Getting the Energy Out
For many children, sitting in the same place for a long period of time is torturous. Allowing children to get up and move around when they are fidgety is healthy for them and can allow them to siphon off excess energy so that they are ready and willing to learn. This is a distinct advantage over a classroom setting.
Pace is Set Individually
Many children end up getting into trouble because they are too far ahead or behind the rest of the class. When children are bored or frustrated, they are likely to act out in order to take the attention off of their troubles. Homeschooling allows parents to work at the pace of the child, making certain that they are being challenged but are able to understand the lessons being presented.