Individual needs are well met in a homeschool environment
BY SALLY KEYS
When it comes to providing the best education for your child, you want to make sure that they have the best resources possible. That is one of the reasons why more and more families opt for educating their children at home, as opposed to a traditional institution. In fact, over 2.3 million children in America are home schooled today, according to the National Home Education Research Institute. That’s a major increase compared to what it was over 20 years ago, when roughly, only 10,000 students were educated at home.
In fact, this alternative practice has also proven that students who are homeschooled score 30% higher on their standardized tests than students in traditional schools.
More Time to Focus on Interests
As the world is constantly changing, our students require more than just book smarts to keep up with the real world. There are plenty of major benefits for children who are homeschooled. Children can receive the individual attention they need in their studies and focus on their strengths while handling their weaknesses.
Homeschooling allows children to use their time to focus on their interests and learn the essential life skills that they may not have access to in regular school systems. Those in traditional school spend their hours commuting to school and back, only to come home and catch up on their homework.
Allow Time to Build Social Development
While most parents assume that homeschooling prevents children to socialize normally, modern technology allows thousands of homeschoolers to join local homeschool groups and organize shared activities. While every child is different, homeschooling still allows children to thrive socially in a positive way.
For many students, bullying is a problem at a traditional school.
Homeschooling allows students and their parents to thrive socially through bonding and finding more time to experience new social activities. In fact, researcher Brian Ray claims in his study that children who are homeschooled are involved in nearly 5.2 activities a week on average. This includes group sports, clubs, Sunday school, field trips, volunteer activities, music lessons, and more.
Students must learn life skills beyond the classroom that include taking responsibility for their actions.Through homeschooling, they must learn to be on top of their education and assignments at hand. While we may see a lot of bad decision-making on their part, we must believe in their skills and help them find their talents.