Besides the academic benefits, there are several areas where being homeschooled can be beneficial for a child.
On the surface, homeschooling is quite a straightforward concept: get your schooling at home. Simple.
But what are the actual benefits of being homeschooled versus traditional institutions? Popular online resource, TheHomeSchoolMom.com lists the ‘obvious’ benefits as:
Academic flexibility. Homeschooling can work whether a child is ahead, behind, strong-willed, creative, challenging, quiet, gifted, or active.
Parent choice of pace and approach. You’re in charge of the schedule, grade level, learning approach, curriculum, and in most places, even graduation requirements.
Meeting current needs now. You can prioritise a child’s mental, emotional, behavioral, and physical health.
Warm family environment. Family is the best foundation for social development as well as values and faith development.
Community involvement. There’s generous time for service, community activities, volunteering, and entrepreneurship.
Efficient learning. A low student-teacher ratio, without wasted time and busy work.
Meaningful learning. Avoid teaching to the test, testing mania in general, and arbitrary minimal standards.
Time for the stuff many schools cut. You can make time for play, the outdoors, projects, the arts, and real experiments.
Getting into college. A great transcript with less stress and burnout.
Accommodating to special situations. Homeschooling works well for military families, families who travel, and families contending with illness and challenging work schedules.
Legal acceptance. Homeschooling is a way of meeting compulsory attendance laws in every state in the U.S. and in many countries.
Besides the academic benefits, they go on to highlight several areas where being homeschooled can be beneficial for a child:
benefits in mental health
benefits in social development
benefits in physical health
benefits in special circumstances
benefits for parents
For more on their outlook on the benefits, see their full article here.
And that’s all well and good, but if all we see are an array of benefits for the growth of our children, why isn’t everyone being homeschooled? Well, that’s because there are a multitude of disadvantages of homeschooling, however they fall mostly into the parent’s role. Educationcorner.com outlines these potential disadvantages for homeschooling parents:
Homeschooling parents are required to
Be around their children all day long. This can be difficult when children become restless and misbehave.
Frequently explain their reasons for homeschooling their children to friends and relatives unsympathetic or confused about their decision.
Restrain anger and remain patient when children struggle with learning.
Effectively handle the difficulties of moving at a slower pace than public school instruction.
Spend large amounts of money on books and other learning materials.
Constantly adapt to be effective teachers.
Constantly motivate their children.
Speak with other people homeschooling their children to get ideas about solving difficult problems if they're unsure about the best course of action.
Spend time reviewing numerous curriculum programs up to their standards and best suiting their children's learning needs.
Spend more time finding playmates and friends for their children in similar circumstances.
All of these factors need to be considered when deciding on the right educational journey for one’s child, but one thing that has come up numerous times and in articles across the board, is the issue of isolation.
“I don’t want my child to sit alone in their room all day”
And this is where the evolution of homeschool comes to the fore – online education, and more importantly, online high school.
In this new environment, students are in constant interaction with other students from around the world, teachers from equally far-flung regions, as well as dedicated tutors and mentors.
Along with some online institutions not only encouraging outside activities, but incorporating social integration right into their curriculum.
Effectively what we are seeing today is a shift from isolation-style distance learning, where the onus is all on the student and parent to adhere to educational protocols, there are now all-encompassing online high schools that emulate the high school experience for young students in a tailored and bespoke learning environment. Along with a curriculum that conforms to and reacts immediately to international standards, qualifications and university requirements.
Valenture Institute is just one such online high school, if not the only online educational institution offering international accreditation through its Pearson Edexcel affiliation, as well as a curriculum integrated with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Valenture Institute is a private online high school offering a curriculum recognised by the world's leading universities. Our students experience a highly engaging, inclusive and socially rich learning environment which is supported by expert teachers and mentors.
Our unique approach includes integration with worldwide sustainability objectives and encourages the holistic development of every student towards their purposeful and impactful future.
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