There is no shortage of reasons why you may be considering homeschooling your child or children as opposed to enrolling them into a traditional school environment. In households where moving is a frequent occurrence, it can be easier to homeschool your child as opposed to constantly uprooting and resettling them into local schools. You may also have moral objections to the curriculum offered in public schools, and the alternative private institution is not financially feasible. Additionally, some parents of children with learning disabilities want to offer their child the close, one-on-one attention they need to thrive in a learning environment.
Of course, there’s a large gap between knowing that homeschooling is the right choice for your child, and being prepared to carry it out. Fortunately, there are countless resources available to you to help you along the way. The following tips are meant to address common concerns many have about the topic in a manner that is helpful and productive.
One of the most common worries of parents who homeschool is that their child won’t receive the same level of socialization they would in a traditional schooling environment. Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest problems to address. Enroll your child in extracurricular activities that stimulate their interests and give them the opportunity to interact with peers who share these interests. Activities can include anything from service organizations like 4-H and the Boy or Girl Scouts to organized sports and karate lessons. In this way, you can let your child form meaningful and lasting social bonds with other children based on a shared interest in an activity.
Another common worry is the construction of a curriculum. Even well educated parents may feel unqualified when it comes to finding teachable material that keeps their child’s interest, much less meets state standards. Here is where it is extremely helpful to reach out to other parents in your area, as well as for local homeschooling organizations for advice and other means of support. These organizations will be well educated on what is required of parents and may be able to make teaching supplies available to you.
Finally, an extremely common fear among parents is that the financial, personal, and time commitment required will be overwhelming. While the final determination as to whether homeschooling is right for your child lies solely on you, a little research and communication can help you make an informed decision on the matter. Speak openly and honestly with your partner about finances, and whether you will be able to meet expenses with a single income earner. Don’t neglect to talk about the additional emotional support you will need when things get stressful in your new classroom. Again, local homeschooling organizations can help you here as well. Most importantly, speak to your child, and make sure he or she understands that you are both embarking on a mutually beneficial education experience together.