Homeschooling can provide benefits ranging from being able to choose your schedule and customizing your curriculum to having the option of deciding later to enroll them in a regular class.
Freedom To Choose Your Schedule
Homeschooling allows you to adjust your child’s study schedule to match your work. And you are not constrained by a school’s holiday calendar and can go on vacation during the off-season when it is cheaper. It should be noted, though, that homeschooling requires adult supervision so either one parent should not be working full-time or you need to hire a tutor.
You do not have to bring your child to and from school or to pay for a school bus service. And sleep and wake-up times can fit your child’s needs, particularly adolescents whose biological clocks change at the onset of puberty.
Learning Is Tailored To Your Child
Individualized learning is the primary difference between homeschooling and regular school. The child can learn at his or her speed. In a regular class, the rate of learning might be faster or slower than what’s ideal for your child.
Determine Your Curriculum
You do not have to be constrained by an official curriculum. Learning can be customized to your child’s interests and needs. And you can schedule their studies at the time of the day that they are most receptive to learning.
However, if you plan for your child to take exams such as GCSEs or A-levels, then you will need to cover the topics in the official curriculum. But you can cover them at the child’s pace and without any of the most unnecessary exams that they will take in a regular class.
Your child can learn more with a teacher-to-student ratio of 1:1. A homeschooled child can learn in a few hours what students in a regular class learn in a whole day.
In a regular class, students tend to not ask questions from their teacher either because their teacher is not approachable or because they are embarrassed to raise their hand and ask a question. This is often not the case with parents. However, if you are homeschooling more than one child and they have large age gaps, you may need to encourage the younger ones to ask questions.
Increase In Self-confidence
Children tend to be good in certain subject areas and poor in others. You can adapt your child’s learning to take advantage of their strengths and to cover their weaknesses. This can lead to an increase in their self-confidence.
You Can Mix Homeschooling And Regular School
Homeschooling need not be a permanent decision. You can start your child with homeschooling and later decide to enroll them in a regular school when they grow older. You may also combine homeschooling with regular classes. But you will need the permission and guidance from the school’s headteacher or principal.
You are not required to enroll your child in a regular school, but you are required to provide them with an education. You may homeschool your child from the beginning of their education. Or you may initially enroll them in a school and later decide to have them homeschooled. You will have to inform the headteacher or principal in writing. The school then informs the appropriate government authority. Some local government authorities provide support for homeschooling while others are not as supportive.
There are homeschooling groups or cooperatives that you can join where parents can share skills and time in educating their children. Social media can also be a great resource. There are various Facebook groups for homeschooling where you can ask for advice and help.