5 Ways Homeschooling Helps Children
- Dec 01, 2014
When I was a three-year-old toddler, I resented the very idea of going to school. Vivid memories of my mother dragging a teary-eyed ‘me’ to school keep flashing in my brain even as I attempt to write this blog! Oh, how I hated school like anything. And, my hatred towards my alma mater continued for three long years – right from kindergarten till the second standard.
Even today, most kids dread attending schools. The traditional classroom environment, complete with a teacher standing in front of the blackboard and a group of other children makes some children really nervous. Then, there are some rebellious kids who break into violent fights at the slightest provocation in schools. You’re no stranger to it if you are a parent of little boys.
So, most parents would agree with me when I say that schools might be scary or intimidating for some kids. No wonder young children often feel uncomfortable in schools, and many break into uncontrollable sobs inside classrooms. That’s exactly why the concept of 'homeschooling' is gaining popularity in plenty of schools around the world.
Now, what is homeschooling? Certain parents prefer imparting education to children in the comfort of their homes – where they can enjoy personal interaction with their kids. Just as its name suggests. Continue reading to understand how homeschooling can help students:
- Personal one-on-one interaction: Nothing can substitute individual attention, particularly when it comes to imparting knowledge to students. Sadly enough, schools are unable to provide it. For, every classroom contains at least thirty learners. So, naturally, it is tough for teachers to focus on each child individually and ensure he remains engaged in the classroom. In home schools, the teacher-student ratio is a minimum, one-on-one. And, it has been proven that the smaller this ratio is, the quicker the students grasp their lessons. Parents deal more patiently with their children and therefore proper learning takes place.
- Encourage independence: You will often find that school students tend to fall prey to peer pressure quickly. That’s simply because it is normal for a child to be influenced by the thoughts of his friend, or those of his group of friends. But, this actually checks him from forming his own opinion, and thinking independently. This might have adverse impacts on their self-confidence and personality, in the later stages of their lives. Homeschools always encourage kids to think freely, without being motivated by external ideas.
- Strengthens family ties: Today, most parents are incapable of spending time with their children, as both of them are working professionals. So, their children miss the loving bonds of a family which stays together. And, become lonely and unsocial. When they return from schools, there is no one to assist them with their homework – which makes them lose interest in studies. Homeschooled kids grow up in close proximity to at least one parent, either their mother or father. Thus they turn out to be more nurtured, caring and affectionate humans when they become adults, compared to the ones who went to ordinary schools.
- Tailor-made to needs: School teachers might claim to understand children well. But in reality, it’s really the parents who know their kids the best. They are aware of their strengths and weaknesses, and also their passions. Parents who homeschool kids tailor-make their teaching style. It’s done to inspire learners to develop their strengths and work on their weaknesses. This sort of a learning style helps students learn better and raise their intelligence levels considerably. It also encourages kids to be patient with their own mistakes. However, in traditional schools, incorporating such a holistic approach might not be possible.
- Makes kids sociable: Human beings are social creatures. Unfortunately, a large number of youngsters are simply not able to mix freely in the society. This happens due to the fact that traditional schools offer very limited exposure to children. Children can interact with only a handful of fellow classmates in school, who belong to the same age groups as them! On the other hand, homeschools are not so restricted. If there are grandparents in a house, kids get a chance to interact freely with the elderly. In addition, if there is a baby in the house, children also get an opportunity to spend time with younger people as well. So, they emerge into more social humans.
Believe it or not, homeschooling is a beautiful way to motivate your children towards developing an interest in academics. Some parents start homeschooling their kids to prepare them for school environments as well.
Can you think of any other way in which homeschooling can come to the aide of children? If yes please feel free to add them in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you friends.
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