Homeschooling is not a new thing. But at the start of the 2020-2021 school year (during the global COVID-19 pandemic), ‘school choice’ is taking a whole new meaning as more parents are choosing to homeschool for their kids.
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, educational institutes around the globe are offering a variety of learning possibilities to help students achieve their academic goals effectively. With so many learning options out there, most parents are likely to take their kids’ education into their own hands by going with homeschooling.
If you are also about to teach your child at home, below are some pros and cons of homeschooling that can help you make a wise decision and choose an apt option for your children.
Pros of Homeschooling
A flexible schedule is one of the major benefits and pros of homeschooling. And it is the main reason why parents choose to homeschool their kids. Homeschooling provides them with freedom about how to teach and when to teach. If your child has a particular learning interest, you can spend enough time on developing and improving that. Homeschooling comes with endless possibilities so you can teach your child effectively.
A lot of Free Time
Both students and parents have no need to follow the schedule set by traditional educational institutes and schools. Parents can spend as much time as they can to help their kids learn course subjects and other topics of interest. Students have lots of free time so they can learn at any time of the day that works well for them.
During homeschooling, students have complete control over moving through the materials quickly or slow down as per individual needs and interests. Since there are not many students when learning at home, students are better able to learn in a better one-on-one learning environment. Also, parents can spend more time teaching complex concepts and topics by repeating the lecture or lesson multiple times.
One of the great benefits of homeschooling is that you are always present to recognize and celebrate every educational goal and milestone your child accomplishes. There is no chance to miss out on any key moments in your child’s educational life because you are teaching him/her yourself. Furthermore, it also helps you build a strong relationship with your child during the teaching-learning process so you can learn more about each other.
Independence and Maturity
When learning via homeschooling, students are responsible and accountable for their own success. Parents give them assignments and deadlines to complete on their own schedule. It develops and boosts a sense of liability and responsibility. They are required to complete assignments as per their own schedules. As a result, they are more likely to learn and complete their academic tasks independently.
Cons of Homeschooling
Before you choose to homeschool your kids, you should ask yourself that ‘can I even do this?
Taking the education of your child into your own hands is something overwhelming. At the start, you may wonder if you are doing it right or doing enough to help your child learn effectively. It can cause unnecessary anxiety or depression. That’s why prepare yourself before choosing to homeschool for your kids.
Inability to Work Properly
All of the homeschooling work usually takes a lot of your hours in a day. It can keep you from completing your home-related work properly. Homeschooling parents usually are unable to complete their household chores. If you are also doing a job to make money, your job may also be hurt while you are choosing to homeschool to help your child chase his/her academic goals.
Parents who choose to homeschool their child, have to make some difficult lifestyle decisions. They may need to move from two to one income and may also look for work from home jobs to earn enough amount of money each month. This may pose some serious financial challenges and tend parents to make lifestyle changes too.
Missing Out on Certain Learning Opportunities
Along with great benefits life flexibility and a lot of free time, homeschooling in can limit learning opportunities for your kids in some ways. For instance, a homeschool curriculum may not provide your child with the same variety of electives as a traditional school can. Your child may also lack soft skills like socializing and building relations with fellow students.