Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
Homeschooling has its own advantages and disadvantages. You should judge
the pros and cons of homeschooling before you take the plunge.
Advantages of Homeschooling
- You can take control of what and how your children learn.
- Show your children that learning is not boring, but exciting.
- Homeschooling helps build meaningful relationships with your children.
- You can design your teaching to suit your child’s dominant learning styles.
- Personal attention and emphasis can be given to your child’s weakness
- Homeschooling allows you to fix the routine that suits both you and your child without hampering your other important chores.
- You can transfer your values and beliefs to your children and address their questions when they have them.
- Homeschooling protects your children from the negative influences they may encounter outside the home.
- One-to-one interaction with your children is possible through homeschooling
- Time to nurture your children’s natural abilities.
- You can discuss issues which could otherwise be an uncomfortable topic in the classroom
- You can share with your children the common, everyday joys of life.
- You can be with your children through ups and downs in their lives
- You can share the joy of teaching your children with your spouse.
Disadvantages of Homeschooling
- It is difficult to convince family and friends on the benefits of homeschooling.
- Setting up a fixed routine for your child is a tricky task.
- You have to be very patient with your children even if they are not learning.
- You have to spend more time with your children than otherwise.
- You have to adapt to the homeschooling atmosphere, especially if you were not homeschooled before.
- Keep encouraging your child, even if he or she doesn’t respond positively to homeschooling
- You have to keep yourself updated on the latest curriculum
- You have to be in constant touch with other homeschooling parents when you encounter problems you're not equipped to handle.
- Research curriculum programs before you find one that works for you and your family.
- You should be careful as to not overburden your child.