There are many reasons to educate your child at home. Each family has its own unique reasons. The decision to homeschool can be a long and carefully considered process, but it can also happen quickly. This can be:
- because of a lifestyle choice;
- the result of a search for solutions to specific problems experienced by the child;
- because of disappointment with the school system; or
- in response to a crisis (ex. harassment or suicidal thoughts) to provide physical and psychological security to the child.
There are many advantages to homeschooling.
Homeschooling promotes greater family involvement. You can:
- follow your children’s interests and motivations; and
- offer a flexible schedule, allowing children to combine learning with other important projects or the parents’ schedules (travels, semi-professional sports programs, intensive music/arts program, parents’ non-standard work schedule.)
Homeschooling addresses certain shortcomings of the school system. You can:
- provide personalized education, tailored and adapted to the needs and the pace of your child;
- give your child more independence and responsibility for their own education;
- use alternative approaches which would not be possible in a class setting, with 30 students;
- have the flexibility to adapt and change the approach as your child grows;
- be able to adapt your teaching to reflect the changing needs of the workplace;
- offer an education based on collaboration and an equal and democratic relationship between the child and the adult;
- pass down your moral, religious, or spiritual values to your child;
- offer an alternative education when your area does not have schools with the specific programs you would prefer;
- have more educational options in remote areas; and
- reduce transportation time when school is far from home.
Homeschooling enriches the learning experience.
- A one-on-one setting helps children learn faster than in a school setting, allowing more time for enrichment or other activities.
With homeschooling, children can progress in their learning, despite a negative experience at school.
- Without bullying, anxiety, school phobia, or any other similar negative experience, homeschooling provides physical, emotional and psychological security.
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