Education

Is Home Schooling Right for You?

You have a lot of options when it comes to your child’s education. Between public, private, chartered, and homeschooling, the decision can be touch. Here are some facts about homeschooling.

One of the first things you have to determine is will you or your partner have enough time to take on this responsibility. Or, if not someone in your home, who will monitor the schooling? Also, can you afford one person to work in the home versus pursuing full-time work outside the house?

You also need to decide if you are okay with losing a little “me time.” Besides having that time when your children are out of the house to yourself for some peace and quiet. The time kids are in school is also a time many parents use to accomplish goals around the house, such as laundry or meal prepping. If you are organized and diligent, you may not mind having your kids at home round the clock, but if you find yourself really cherishing the time your kids are gone, you may need to find creative ways to make up for that time.

Do you have the resources to find activities outside of the home to engage your student in? Many parents worry that without standard schooling, children will lack socialization. That doesn’t have to be the case since there are plenty of activities you can enroll them in around your city, from athletic groups like a swim team or karate to the arts such as a drama class or music lessons. There are many opportunities for you to not only get your child around other kids but to enrich their education.

Decide exactly how you will teach. Will you be hands-on, or will your kids complete coursework online? What is your long term education plan? Consider how you will ensure your child will stay current with state mandates for education and make sure you check the legality of your plans to teach your child at home.

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