Homeschooling – why do it?
Many people look at homeschoolers and wonder how and why they do it. Some people think homeschooling is a hassle and think “why not just send your kids to school so they can be tutored by a professional?” It all depends on your worldview.
If you feel that you don’t have as much to offer your child as a teacher, then you will think that homeschooling is not for you. In fact, homeschooling can be a positive experience for both parent and child. The parent must do some research in deciding to undertake this endeavor, and the student has the benefits of individualized attention and curriculum.
Homeschooling is legal in most states and can be done without fear of doing anything illegal, as it was at the beginning of the homeschool movement or in many countries today. We have a tremendous privilege to be able to choose how and what our child learns. There are many people in other countries who would like to homeschool their children, but they are simply not allowed to.
Choosing how and what your child learns can be seen as a huge burden and responsibility, but it can actually be very rewarding. When you pay attention to what your child likes and how he learns best, and then find a learning system you can both live with, real learning occurs. Most school classrooms cannot offer the individualized curriculum that homeschooling does. You can’t just take your kids out of school and let them play, but playing games and creating projects can teach your child many valuable skills.
When you explore what you truly believe about education and learning, and trust in the fact that this child is yours to teach and enjoy, then you can move into homeschooling with confidence.