There would be times in life where one would sit and think to themselves that the education they’re receiving doesn’t seem to cater to their needs, nor reach their expectations. Thoughts like these would eventually keep them from enjoying their time in a public school and affect them in different ways, like how they socialize with people or their performance in classes. In the end, it could lead to considering homeschooling –which does have pros and cons of its own.
1. A flexible schedule helps the child in numerous ways. They don’t have to worry about the lessons they skip in class due to catching a fever, getting too sleepy in the middle of class, or having to leave in between the day for special occasions. Their schedule can be modified to fit these patterns and prevent them from missing out on a subject. Different daily routines could be applied as well if the topic being discussed relates to it; therefore maximizing the time they spend to learn new things.
2. Undoubtedly, a child feels safer in their home than they are outside. Homeschooling provides children with a safe and comfortable learning environment where they won’t have to worry about impressing other people and having to fit in with the rest of the group. There would be no reason to constantly fear not being able to meet an audience’s expectations.
3. Homeschooling allows a child to receive more practice on tasks and lessons they have more trouble understanding. If a child is lacking in one area, it would be easy to focus more on it. They could get the attention they need to enhance in the parts they are short of or are too complex for them to grasp.
4. Through homeschooling, a parent and child will be able to build their relationship. Being able to spend most days together would eventually bloom into a stronger bond. It also lets them understand each other more through communication not only as teacher and student, but as parent and child as well –which results in creating a more intimate relationship.
5. The practice of discipline differs from place to place. In homeschool, a child will learn how to finish tasks when they must (despite not having a deadline) instead of keeping it for later (although they are given a due date). The thought would turn into “starting a task to pass it on said date” to “starting a task to complete a goal”. This, too, allows them to work at their own pace. No pressure!
1. The biggest problem to face when it comes to homeschool is the lack of exposure to the world. A child wouldn’t be able to explore what the world beyond them consists of; where people come from, how people live their lives, and such. It would be hard for them to adjust to the new things they will, eventually, have to encounter someday.
2. Along with not having enough exposure, they would have trouble socializing in the future. Not having to deal with too many people around is a pro, but the con to that is not knowing what to say or do when a moment like that comes around. It would be hard to communicate with people who don’t understand the same language, which can get quite troublesome and lonely sometimes.
3. A child could be pressured when dealing with societal standards. From the opinions they speak, to the way they view certain acts. They wouldn’t have much other than the information they’ve learned inside; which is way different from real life experiences. This may put pressure on them and cause them to hesitate when it comes to decision-making.
Nevertheless, homeschooling is up to the child and the parents. As long as the family is aware of the possible advantages and disadvantages that come with this commitment, and they come to a mutual agreement, all is okay!