Many people who are considering to homeschool their child or children often feel nervous or wary before deciding to take the plunge. This is very common and it is evident of a sane mind in the parent. Make no mistake, homeschooling a child is an incredibly difficult and time-consuming task and much of the information on homeschooling doesn’t point out how many parents give up after a year of homeschooling. Having to dedicate each day to the education of your child is simply impossible for many people. You’ll need to dedicate lesson plans, tests, curriculums, and field trips to your child’s ongoing education. Remember that all of this is in addition to any duties and responsibilities that you already take care of in your household.
If the sheer amount of work doesn’t scare potential homeschoolers away, the stigma associated with the social aspect of homeschooling almost certainly will. The best sources of information on homeschooling all give arguments defending homeschooling from the idea that a lack of public school education causes children to become social misfits. Most of these defenders will say that homeschooled kids are actually MORE Likely to function better in society because they are exposed to ALL age groups rather than public school kids, who are exposed only to children in their grade. This argument is a bit flawed, though, because a public school child can go to museums and camps and all the same places as homeschooled children. From the other spectrum, a homeschool child can also be surrounded with people of different ages any time of its parents’ choosing as well. Essentially, these are redundant arguments. The deciding factor of your child’s social ineptitude or aptitude will depend on both genetics and how they were raised. Either way the power is in your hands.
As for the benefits of homeschooling, remember that you will be able to provide your child an education that is exclusively catered to him or her. This means that, if the child is an exceptional math student but has poor reading skills, you will be able advance them in certain areas or focus more time each day on the subjects with which they struggle. No public or private school is able to provide that much in-depth assistance. Also, you will be able to take advantage of your child’s interests. Suppose he or she enjoys space. You can teach math by adding distances of planets, or teach English by having them read books about astronauts. At any rate, you will definitely be able to provide your child with any education that you see fit. As long as you are a dedicated parent/teacher, you will be able to bestow on your child an intelligence not often seen in public school children