Homeschooling Might Not Be For Everyone, But Is It Right For Your Family?
Here are 10 signs that you should consider homeschooling.
1. Your child is struggling in school.
Some children may need an approach that differs from the those that work for large, diverse classes, such as a customized curriculum or a more relaxed setting. For many reasons, these are not available in the public education system. Lesson plans or curricula can be planned to fit each child individually, rather than as a whole class, which, for some children in particular, can make all the difference in understanding and enjoying the lessons being taught.
2. Your child is not being challenged in school.
Some children catch on to certain things more quickly than others. In a traditional public-school setting, this can lead a child to become bored and even to him or her becoming disruptive and having "behavior issues." In a homeschool setting, a child who has already "gotten it" can move on to the next challenge and continue to be inspired to learn and grow.
3. You find yourself complaining often about your child's education, teachers, or problems at your child's school.
You've attempted to address the problems through the normal channels only to run into dead ends. You're constantly volunteering in class and trying to help, but see so many areas for improving the way your child is educated. Don't just complain, be the solution.
4. You know that there is more to education than teaching to the test.
Compulsory high-stakes testing leads to an overemphasis on testing and student performance on tests. You know that education is so much more than that.
Read this post, Why Homeschool? for research on more benefits of homeschooling.
5. Your child is losing the natural wonder and curiosity of childhood.
Education should be a delight. Children are naturally disposed to learn and explore and to love discovering new knowledge. If this has ceased to be the case as your child has gone to school, it may be time to look at other options.
6. Your child dreads going to school.
There are many reasons a child might dread going to school, and many of them can be solved through homeschooling. While not a panacea, bringing your child's educational experience into your home can help them grow and learn in an environment where he or she feels safe and loved.
7. You want to be more involved in your child's education.
Ultimately, it is a parent's responsibility to see to the education of his or her children. You understand that and want to be more involved in choosing what and how your child is educated.
8. You want your child to be excited about and love learning.
Children learn by example. There is no better way to show your commitment to education than taking on the responsibility yourself. There is no better way to create a family culture of education than making your home a home school.
9. You want your children to be more responsible for their own education.
Sir Walter Scott wrote, "All men who have turned out worth anything have had the chief hand in their own education." Homeschooling allows parents and children to design together a curriculum that fits their needs. Children can design and plan their lessons around their interests. Especially with all the resources available online, in a home school, custom-made education can become the responsibility of the student.
10. You have thought, "I wonder if I could homeschool my children."
You can! There are many resources available to help you and great support from families who have already begun the journey. If you have thought it might be right for you and your family, then it just might be right for you and your family. Carefully consider your options and make the best choice for your family. Take a look at this post on some key homeschool decisions: Homeschooling Decisions.
Deciding to homeschool is a big decision and can seem very overwhelming or even impossible, but it doesn't have to be. Come join hundreds of homeschooling families from all over Utah (here are some links to support groups) and see how simple and rewarding it can be. You should also consider attending UHEA's 33rd annual Homeschool Convention and Curriculum Fair on June 14th and 15th, 2013. Homeschoolers are a very diverse population and we all have different motivations and methods. There isn't one right way. The thing that brings us together is our belief that parents know what is best for their children and we believe that for our children a home education is best.