Homeschool is one of the alternatives considered by parents and educators to traditional schools. Although its effectiveness has not yet been proven conclusively, there are sectors that champion homeschooling because it provides a much more flexible process that can be adapted to a child?s learning capability.
For now, most experts agree that homeschool can be the best alternative for students who cannot cope with ordinary school setting. This system is often given to students who find it hard to keep up with the lessons in class due to slow mental ability or those who have abnormalities and congenital defects that keep them from performing well in school.
Below are some of the information that one needs to know before considering a homeschool program for your child.
1. Lacking in social component
This is perhaps the number one argument against the homeschooling program. Because the child is taught at home, surrounded by people that they already know, they may have a problem dealing with people in their surroundings. This is especially true with children that have started the homeschool program at an age when they are still developing their social skills.
If your child is at this stage, better think twice before putting him or her in a homeschool program. Unless you can supplant a social component into his program, he will be missing so much in terms of learning how to interact with other people.
2. State laws in homeschool
You may not be aware of it but each state enforces certain rules and guidelines that parents and teachers of the homeschooling program should adhere to. Recognizing the potential effect of the program to the learning and performance of children, the government has chosen to regulate the program. Check with your local government offices for the laws and requirements.
3. Support Groups
There are support groups consisting of parents of children undergoing homeschooling program. Here you will find people who can help you establish a program for your child. They will also be able to provide you with first hand account of their experiences with homeschooling and will be able to advise you in case you encounter some problems.
4. Family involvement
Homeschooling will not only affect the life of the child who will be undergoing the program but also the lives of the people in the house. Not only will they have to cope with the schedule but also in a way help in the overall learning of the child.