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by Romona Weston
Many parents like you have thought about the possibilities of homeschooling their children through high school. After all, every responsible and loving parent wants the very best for their offspring. The simple truth is that whether you send your child to high school or teach them yourself, your decision will impact them for the rest of their lives. I think it’s a decision worth taking some time to think about.
Some Advantages of Home Schooling through High School
- Greater Focus on Learning – Studies have shown that only a third of the average school day is focused on academic subjects. By having one-on-one support, either from yourself or an online tutor, you can maximise your son or daughter’s learning time.
- Reducing Peer Pressure – In the school environment, there is a lot of pressure to ‘fit in’ with a group. Some sensitive youngsters can be influenced into misbehaving in order to appear ‘cool’ to their classmates. Even if your children manage to withstand peer pressure, its very existence can disrupt learning.
- Avoiding Sex and Drugs – You have probably worried that, one day, your innocent child will be exposed to the realities of sex and drugs. In high school, this might happen far earlier than you are happy with. Home schooling enables you to protect your son or daughter from the harsh realities of life until you feel they are ready to cope with them.
- A Safer Physical Space – It is impossible for teachers to see everything that happens during school, especially in the schoolyard. Physical and verbal attacks and ongoing bullying can make school a terrifying place for some children and even general play can lead to dangerous risk-taking. Home schooling protects your offspring from some of these dangers.
- More Extra-Curricular Time – With no travelling time to and from school, your child has more time available to get ready for and attend any extra classes, groups, choirs, musical interests, community service, church involvement that they are drawn to.
- Prolonging Parental Influence – As loving and moral parents you have already built a secure foundation for your child’s future. With home schooling you can continue that process, guiding and mentoring your son or daughter through the ups and downs of academic life.
- Building Strong Families – With your children effectively out of your care for six to eight hours a day, family bonds can be eroded and your cherished values can start to slide. With home schooling, your family relationships can continue to grow from strength to strength, creating a happier home.
- Customize your Child’s Learning – One of the greatest benefits of home schooling is your ability to tailor your child’s education to their own learning style, areas of interest and pace. In high school, your offspring are in competition with the rest of the class and can get bored or left behind if the pace doesn’t suit them.
- Increased Flexibility – Another great reason to consider home schooling is flexibility. Not only can you structure the learning day to suit your family life, you can take family holidays at convenient times.
- Results – At the end of the day, the most important reason to turn to home schooling is that it works. Children who have been taught at home are typically more mature, better socialized and have a bigger vocabulary than their high school counterparts. Research carried out by Dr. Brian Ray revealed that children who were home schooled were no less likely to enter college and were more satisfied with their work, happier with their lives and more involved in civic life than their high school peers.
Drawbacks of Home Schooling
Of course, home schooling is not an educational cure-all; there will still be bumps in the road. Here are a couple of common worries:
- Learning Difficult Subjects – One of the greatest fears for parent-teachers is that they will be unable to master the subjects themselves. Although some subjects will be unfamiliar at first, perseverance will not only bring success, you will be providing a good role model as you show your child how to be an independent learner.
- Having No Time Away From Your Children – Spending most of every day with your children may be something you are looking forward to or are dreading. Either way, there are bound to be times when you both get fed up with each other’s company. Will you be able to adapt to this level of intensity?
If you do decide that home schooling is for your family, you will need to check out your state’s requirements first. Sometimes (e.g. in Texas and Michigan), you won’t even have to inform your state that you are home schooling. In New York, on the other hand, you may need to undertake teacher training and agree to home visits.
In preparation for home schooling, you will also need to consider which core courses you have to include in your curriculum, which electives and what extra-curricular activities, based on your child’s interests and goals.
Whatever your decision, you owe it to your child to consider carefully whether home schooling is their path to a happy, successful work and family life.
Romona Weston and her family lives in the beautiful Amish countryside in Lancaster County, PA. She is a mom to 7 beautiful children and a wife to a wonderful man. Romona has been homeschooling for over 20 years, and loves every aspect of learning as a family. In her spare time, she loves to hike, write and organize. She is a Web Publisher who started a review blog on the best stainless steel top kitchen islands carts and rolling kitchen carts. As researcher rather than a seller, she presents an unbiased view of products. You can read her reviews at http://www.kitchencarts360.com