What is Homeschooling
Homeschooling is a decision made by the parents or carers to educate ones child at home instead of sending them to a traditional public or private school.The decision to homeschool is a very personal decision and one that deserves lot of consideration and reflection.
What is Homeschooling
In the 1970's homeschooling movement began growing by famous researchers and authors, such as John Holt and Raymond Moore.There are now OVER two million children being homeschooled. It has become increasingly diverse, both in terms of race and parental motivations. Homeschooling has numerous benefits, hence, more parents are turning to homeschooling as an alternative to public and private school. It is more accepted by the public at large, yet many people are still unaware of this.
Homeschooling is legally valid in many countries such as Australia, Canada New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom. However in some places, homeschooling is looked down upon and discouraged, and in some countries, such as Germany, it has been made illegal.
Before beginning homeschooling, ensure you are aware of the regulations that pertain to your area. One of the best ways to learn about regulations is to check with the local school authorities. Also, asking other homeschooling families can be helpful. However, be sure to always verify anything you are told to stay on the safe side!
Homeschooling provides several benefits and opportunities that traditional and public schools do not provide. Therefore, many families are making the decision to homeschool for different reasons. Some of these reasons include;
- the discontentment with the educational options available in traditional public or private school
- to teach their own religious beliefs
- to provide independence and self-directed learning outside of a classroom setting
- to avoid negative peer pressure
- to have a flexible scheduling, especially for those parents who travel for their jobs or parents who work from home
- to engage and challenge gifted children while maintaining appropriate developmental levels
These are just some of the many reasons why parents and carers decide to homeschool. Making the decision to homeschool is a great amana (trust) from Allah so, for whatever reason, you decide to homeschool, be sure to fulfil it.
While homeschooling has proven to be very effective for many families, it is not the right choice for every family. Educating yourself about what 'homeschooling' is will definitely help you to make a well-informed decision.
Remember that no two families are the same so choose what is best for you and your family, whether that is to homeschool or send your kids to school.
Do not expect perfection and give yourself enough time and don't be afraid of change. Homeschooling can be whatever good you desire it to be, and that’s the best thing about this type of education. You can set your goals and plans however you wish. You can adapt it to your own education philosophy or combine your religious teachings into everyday classes.
"The mother is a school: if you prepare her properly, you will prepare an entire people of good character, The mother is the first teacher, foremost among them, and the best of teachers."
Homeschooling is an exciting and life-changing journey. It creates a personal bond for both the parent and the child. Nothing you will ever do will have a more profound effect on your child and your family's future as homeschooling.
I hope that you make the best decision for you and your family. `
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