Is Homeschooling Right for Your Family? There are many reasons that parents choose to homeschool their children these days. With the continually rising costs of even public schools, a lot of families simply cannot afford to pay for things like uniforms and a vast amount of supplies. There are also the ever increasing incidents of bullying in schools, and if your child is in the least bit different, he or she can be targeted. Sadly, it seems that teachers, school counselors and even principals can do nothing about this - or so they claim. The level of education in many schools is another reason for homeschooling. Many teachers are merely glorified babysitters in some schools because they have classrooms filled with students that have no interest in learning. The list goes on and on. Whatever your personal reasons are for thinking that homeschooling will be best for your children, there are still some things to take into consideration before making that final decision. Have a look at the following check list and then see where you stand on the idea of homeschooling: • Research homeschooling laws in your location: Depending on where you live, it can either be almost too simple or next to impossible to homeschool your children. Many states have laws or rules that almost require the parents to be degreed teachers before they’ll be allowed to homeschool. Other states require only that you register your child with the school district they live in along with declaring your intent to homeschool. Some places will require that you keep track of and report attendance while other areas have no such requirements. To stay out of trouble, be sure to check into the laws of your location.
Lauren Schmitz, a former Army nurse, homeschools her three daughters. Schmitz writes the popular blog The Simple Homeschooler.
Schmitz, the writer of the popular blog The Simple Homeschooler, said she couldn't wait to send her then-kindergartener Zoe off to school. She didn't cry on the first day like some parents but soon realized something wasn't right.
Homeschooling: Is It Right for Your Family? • Be honest about your patience: There are many children, although well loved by their parents, that still exhibit difficult and challenging behavior. The harried parents of these children are often relieved to see them head off to school. It’s the only way that these parents can get a break. Therefore, it’s important to do a check on how patient you are. Do you have the patience to be with your child all of the time? It also takes a fair amount of patience to teach something that your child may not get the first time around. You must be able to remain calm in these instances. • Can you make learning fun: To be honest, there are a high percentage of trained teachers that still don’t have THIS one down. It’s a very important requirement, however, when it comes to homeschooling. Many parents can actually do this better than teachers. Use your imagination and creativity to help your children WANT to learn. • Do you feel qualified to teach your children: This can be a difficult question to answer but it doesn’t have to be a deal breaker. Even if you had trouble with a certain subject yourself when in school, this can be an opportunity for both you and your children to learn and understand it better. If you look at this list and feel that homeschooling is the right answer for your situation, forge ahead with confidence and determination. You’re on the path to a fun, rewarding and fulfilling adventure. There are many resources to be had in the form of books and ebooks without breaking the budget.