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The Benefits and Struggles of Homeschooling – from a Parent’s Perspective

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“We’re not the anti-social weirdos pop culture makes us out to be.””

— -Kaia C., G3 Student

Homeschooling is on the rise in the United States, but no one seems to know what really goes into it. Many people have asked about homeschooling as being a way of education where teachers from public schools come to the child’s own home to teach them. This is a misconception. Homeschooling is a way of teaching your kid at home, through the various subjects. There are many different ways of homeschooling as well. According to the NCES, about 3 percent of U.S. children were homeschooled in 2011-12 school year.

In a parent survey conducted in 1999 as part of the NHES, the three reasons most often collected from parents regarding why they chose to homeschool, 49% was because their parents wanted to give them a better education, 38% because of religion, and 26% because they believed public school had a poor learning environment. That last bit slowly increased up to 2003, when parents said they were most concerned about the environment of public schools, and were worried that their children would not be safe at the school, get into drugs, or be pushed down by negative peer pressure.

When asked about this, a homeschooling mom of 3 kids, Christina Miller, said that the reason for homeschooling was because her kids were at an advanced level compared to other kids their age, and public school would be too easy and boring for them, especially because they enjoyed learning. She has been homeschooling all of her kids for around eight years now. There are several different types of homeschooling; traditional homeschooling, teaching your kids at home, usually by the mom but sometimes by the father; charter schooling, homeschooling through a program that provides the parent (teacher) money used for educational purposes; unschooling, which is letting your kid do whatever they want and choose how they want to spend their time, or teaching them whatever they show interest in; there is a big controversy about that right now; and many other variations.

When interviewed, Christina said that it’s “a rare opportunity to have a parent willing to devote all that time to teaching their kids in a way they think is best for them.” Another good thing about homeschooling is that, no matter what their level, they can learn at their own pace and own level. Many homeschoolers have a set schedule, like public school, e.g. 7 to 8:30 Eat breakfast, 8:30 to 11 Reading, 11 to 12, writing, 12 to 1 Lunch, etc., but Christina lets her kids be more independent, because not only is it less work for the parent, it also teaches the children time management, an important life skill that many do not have.

There are some drawbacks to homeschooling, such as the lack of social life, as most kids homeschool only with siblings. However, there are many homeschooled kids who have a social life outside of homeschooling. Also, there is often no PE, exercise instead consisting of bike rides, hikes, or just a morning walk. When homeschooling, that’s not the only education the child can get, many parents homeschool while putting their kids in online schools or high schools. Christina’s two oldest sons do online classes as well through the Well Trained Mind Academy and Online G3.

Homeschooling is indeed very difficult for a parent to handle, but it is incredibly useful if the child in question is either behind or ahead of the standard curriculum, and is a great way to help your child be more excited about learning.

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  1. chris james on April 26th, 2017 11:24 pm

    This above blog has shared very true things about homeschooling. In last paragraph the line stated above “Homeschooling is indeed very difficult for a parent to handle” is very true. As being a working parent it is not possible for me to give knowledge on basis of homeschooling. This change my view from homeschooling to online homeschooling where he/she can learn according to their time flexibility.

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