Children need an education, but how they become educated solely depends on you, as the parent. You have a few different options. If you have the funds you could send your child to a private school or maybe even a boarding school.
For people that can’t afford fancy schools for their kids, there is always public school. The public school system often gets a bad reputation, but plenty of smart people graduated from this system and went on to make great livings for themselves. And, you also have the option of homeschooling.
What’s Your Teaching Experience?
While you’re not required to have a Doctor of Education degree from Maryville University in order to teach your children at home, you do want to have some knowledge or at least some interest in, the things you will be teaching them. They still need to learn all of the things they would in a normal classroom if you expect them to be able to get a diploma.
If you’re an avid learner, then you can probably get away with being parent and teacher without any formal teaching experience. If you hated school and have no interest in the subjects taught there, then homeschooling may not be the best idea, or in the best interest of your child’s future.
Do You Have The Time?
If you work a full-time job. It’s likely you’re not going to have time to teach your children from home on top of that. You need to have the time to sit down with them and go over lessons, as well as the time to grade their homework. Homeschooling also means your kids are home more often than not.
You need to have some pretty good time management skills to homeschool your kids. Set a school day schedule, and stick with it. Even schedule in lunch and break times, just like there would be in a traditional school setting. This helps keep you all on track.
Why Do You Want To?
You also need to look at the reasoning why you want to homeschool your children, or why they want to be homeschooled. There could be a big reason; they suffer from an illness that keeps them out of school or the school system where you live just isn’t that great.
Just keep in mind that traditional schooling allows children to learn to relate to their peers. Make sure that your child is getting time with people their age. And don’t homeschool simply because your child is having friend issues at school or doesn’t like one of their teachers, since they are going to experience these issues throughout life and need to get used to dealing with people they don’t get along with!
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