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Needless to say, your child’s education is of utmost importance as it will have a lasting impact on his or her future. Therefore deciding where and how to educate your child can be a hard decision. There are many options. If you wish to have your child go to school outside of your home, there are public and private schools. However, it’s also an option to keep your child at home and educate them there.
Some parents are opting to homeschool their children. Now more than ever, more parents are making this choice. But there are lots of things to consider. Here are three things to think about before you decide to homeschool your child.
Social Opportunities for Your Child
When your child is in a classroom, they’re exposed to many other kids. This helps them learn how to work with a variety of personalities and gives them exposure to socialization. If you choose to homeschool your child, it’s important to consider what social opportunities you can provide for them.
Having your child engage in activities like the arts or sports can be a good option for kids that are homeschooled. They can learn a new skill and also meet peers at the same time. Whatever you choose, it’s important to make sure that your child has an opportunity to socialize with other children.
What’s Your Bandwidth?
If you choose to homeschool your child, you need to make sure you have the time to do it. Homeschooling involves following a curriculum and teaching your child during the day. They will still have goals to meet & classes to complete. Homeschooling simply means that you’ve chosen to educate them in your house- there will still be plenty of time dedicated to classroom learning. Children may only spend a few hours each day in the classroom, but there is also prep time to consider.
How do you want to teach?
When looking at homeschooling your child, take a look at curriculum options and requirements for your state. There are many different curriculum options to choose from. Consider your child’s learning style, any struggles, and your goals when selecting a curriculum. Determine what subjects you will teach and how much time you want to spend both preparing and teaching. It can be overwhelming, so talk to other homeschool parents to help you decide. There are also many resources on the internet.
Your child’s education is an important part of growing up. Before making any major decisions, think about it- consider making a pro/con list or talking to other parents in the same position. Whatever decision you make, you know your child best and will make the right decision for your family.
From the founder of Bitesizedessentials.com