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Is Homeschooling Better Than Traditional Education?

Though the traditional school system has been around for centuries, there is growing debate over whether homeschooling provides a better education. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of both options.

There are a few key factors to consider when making the decision between homeschooling and traditional schooling. One is the educational quality – which option will provide your child with a better education? There are also socialization opportunities to think about – will your child have more or less opportunity to interact with their peers if they’re homeschooled?

How does homeschool differ from traditional education?

When it comes to educational quality, there is no doubt that homeschooling can be a great option. With homeschooling, you can have complete control over the curriculum and can choose materials that are best suited for your child’s needs. It provides flexibility and can be tailored to a students learning pace.

Or you can chose to homeschool through a Distance Education online program. This alternative supplies all the resources and lessons, gives some flexibility however is a little more structured.

Whatever style of homeschooling it also offers more flexibility when it comes to scheduling, so you can work around your child’s individual learning style and the family lifestyle. This is perfect if you are travelling.

Homeschooling also offers a more relaxed and informal learning environment. You can teach the kids anywhere at anytime. Take them into the garden to learn about science. Have a lesson in the park or under a tree. You can teach subject matter in a relaxed informal setting.

The benefits of homeschooling

Homeschooling has many benefits for the student, the parents and the lifestyle of the individual family.

Benefits for the student

  • Homeschool fact is that homeschool students do 15% better on average on test scores
  • Homeschooling can provide a more customized education that meets their individual needs.
  • They also have more opportunities for one-on-one attention and personalized instruction. This can be especially helpful for students who are struggling in a traditional school or who have been diagnosed with a learning disability
  • Homeschooling also offers a more relaxed and informal learning environment.
  • More opportunity for hands-on learning and practical experience.
  • Safe from school violence and bullying
  • Students learn actual life skills whilst learning informally
  • Free from peer pressures and negative behaviours in school
  • Less change of catching classroom headlice and sicknesses
  • Students can drink and eat whenever they please and not restricted to break times only.
  • Less distractions than in the classroom

Benefits for parents

  • homeschooling can be a great way to spend more time with their children and get involved in their education.
  • Less expensive than sending your child to a traditional school.
  • A great way to teach your child about your own values and beliefs.
  • Chose your topics and supporting resources
  • Students safe from school violence
  • No drop off or pick up school runs
  • No need to iron uniforms
  • Sibling relationships become closer
  • No need to notify school of students absence
  • Take family holidays and vacations at leisure and not restricted to school breaks
  • No parent volunteer school working bees
  • No packing school lunchboxes
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The challenges of homeschooling

One of the challenges of homeschooling is that it can be difficult plan and organise the specific curriculum that you wish for them to learn if you plan to be in charge of this. In a online education course all this will be supplied as it will follow standard state curriculum

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Another challenge of homeschooling is that it can be isolating for both children and parents. Children who are homeschooled may not have as much opportunity to interact with their peers, which can make social development more difficult. In addition, parents who homeschool their children may feel isolated from the larger community since they are not participating in traditional school activities.

However this is where it is importand to ensure that both parent and student have a balanced social calander. It may be that extra curriculum activities for the student needs to be organised, such as joining a sporting team or hobby club.

Same applies to the parent. Social activities need to be planned for outside the home. Visiting friends, meeting others at parks, joining clubs or fitness centres. These places are a great way to strike up conversations and new friendships.

Despite some challenges, homeschooling can be a successful option for families who are willing to put in the time and effort. Families who homeschool their children often report feeling closer to one another and feeling like they have more control over their child’s education. In addition, homeschooling gives freedom and flexibility for different family lifestyles

How to decide if homeschooling is right for your family

Homeschooling can be a great option for families who are looking for more flexibility over their child’s education. Before deciding if homeschooling is right for your family, you should consider the pros and cons of the traditional school system vs. homeschooling.

It would be beneficial to write down a pros and cons list

Consider things like:

  • What type of homeschooling style ? Distance Education Program or a fully unschooled program
  • Hours in the day you can dedicate to supervising and organising homeschooling lessons
  • Who will be the primary supervisor/teacher
  • Impact on the family finances should a parent need to give up working hours
  • How the family dynamics will change being together 24/7
  • Plans for student resistance and motivation techniques
  • Types of resources and topics that will be needed
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Socialization

Resources for homeschoolers

There are many different resources available for homeschoolers. Some of these include online programs, textbooks, and local co-ops. It is important to find the resources that work best for your family and your finances.

Online programs can be a great way to get started with homeschooling. They offer a variety of lessons and activities that can help you teach your child at home. Textbooks are also a popular resource for homeschoolers. They provide a wealth of information on a variety of subjects. Local co-ops are another great option for homeschoolers. They allow you to connect with other families who are also educating their children at home. This can be a great way to get support and learn from others in the community.

There are many different resources available for homeschoolers. It is important to find the ones that work best for your family. With a little research, you can find the perfect fit for your child’s education.

How do you go about homeschooling your children?

There are many different ways to homeschool, and it can be tailored to fit each child’s needs. Parents who homeschool their children often find it to be more convenient and affordable than sending their children to traditional schools.

If you want to learn how to do this from someone who has actually done it. Twice! Now you can. After homeschooling our two daughters thought to university, I now have the time to show others how to do it successfully. And hopefully, save some of you the ugly side of homeschooling.

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About The Author

My name is Ursula Boston. I’ve been educating my daughters as a proud homeschool mum for nearly 20 years. Alongside managing our household and small business from home.

If you want to learn how to do this from someone who has actually done it. Twice! I will show you HOW.

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How To Homeschool E-Book Cover

How to Homeschool – The Good the Bad and the Ugly Realities of Doing it Successfully

This is the book I wrote my younger self about doing it successfully. Take it from some one who has been there.

It is everything I have learnt from my 18 years as a full time educator, mum and housewife.

It is everything you need to get started.

Ursula Boston

My name is Ursula

Hello and Welcome !

I’ve been educating my daughters as  a proud homeschool mum for nearly 20 years. I have also been married to a very patient man for 28 years and have combined all this with running our household as well as managing a small business from home.

Our oldest daughter is currently completing her PHD in Clinical Psychology and our youngest has entered her final senior years of High School. 

If you want to learn  how to do this from someone who has actually done it… Twice, I will show you HOW.

I do not claim to be an expert , nor am I a qualified teacher but I am qualified to share all my experiences. From our humble beginnings of teaching from the kitchen table through to the advancements of  digital learning on the laptop.

I will happily share with you tips and tricks that will guide and support you along this daunting yet equally amazing home school journey

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