For some parents, schools are not the best option to educate their children. In fact, more and more people combine parenting and homeschooling. The main reason? Provide quality education, adapted to their needs, and in a favorable environment for their kids.
However, this is not as simple as taking a lot of books and having your child do homework every day at the kitchen table. Despite its growing popularity, homeschooling is only legal in some countries and must follow local regulations. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
If you want to know more about this type of education, keep reading! In this post we’ll talk about homeschooling and give some tips for those who want this type of education for their children.
How Does Homeschool Work?
As its name implies, it consists of educating children at home, disregarding public and private educational institutions.
While some choose this education as a way to overprotect their children, there are cases where combining parenting and homeschooling is necessary.
Parents generally choose to homeschool for the following reasons:
- Remove children from adverse school environments, especially in cases of bullying or school violence.
- Obtain a high-quality education, including knowledge that the educational curriculum does not contain.
- Improve children’s social interactions. By having flexible schedules, there’s more time for other activities outside the home: visiting museums and historical sites, community activities, etc.
- Create an environment where children enjoy learning, minimizing the stress that scholar pressure can cause.
Also, there are some exceptional cases where homeschooling is the best alternative:
- Child athletes whose travel and practices may interfere with their education.
- Disabled children who require an educational environment that supports them.
- Child artists with tight itineraries that include rehearsals, work, and presentations.
- Families who frequently move from city or country. This is common in military, diplomatic, and business families.
Parenting and Homeschooling: Where to Start?
If you decided to educate your children at home, but you don’t know how to begin, don’t worry! Following these steps can be useful:
- Define why you’re doing it. This isn’t as simple as “I don’t want my kid to go to. Period”. Remember: homeschooling is not an easy task. Therefore, it’s essential to be clear about the reasons why you will do it.
- Stick to local regulations. Homeschooling is legal only in a few countries. In Canada, it’s legal, although each territory or province has its laws. By complying with your local regulations, you won’t have problems in the future.
- Be part of support groups. On the Internet, you can find networks and groups made up of parents who are also homeschooling. This is ideal for exchanging ideas and experiences. Also, it’s a way for your children to meet other homeschooled children.
- Choose a curriculum. This may be the hardest part. Today there are different ways of homeschooling: classic homeschooling, online studies, Montessori’s method, Charlotte Mason’s method, unit studies, or bringing the classic curriculum from school to home. Do your research, and choose the one that best suits your case.
- Have a plan. Yes, homeschooling must also follow a plan to be successful. Define in a clear way the schedules and thematic structures that you’ll follow. By doing so, the educational process will be more effective.
Parenting and Homeschooling: Final Thoughts
As you can see, choosing to do parenting and homeschooling at the same time is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before making any decision, analyze your particular situation and determine if it is essential to choose this alternative.
Also, remember that regulations for homeschooling in Canada are different by province or region. In fact, in some of them it’s necessary to do a previous registration and describe what the educational program will be like.
To finish, keep this in mind: by choosing to homeschool, you will be the teacher. You’ll be the primary role model for your children and their leading guide when it comes to learning.
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