There is no denying that home schooling has grown in popularity in recent years. Offering a range of benefits, families are looking for an education and even a lifestyle that isn’t based on a one-size-fits-all approach. We’ve outlined some of the key benefits frequently experienced when home schooling:
Determine the curriculum & schooling schedule
One of the major benefits of home schooling is that you don’t need to follow the national curriculum if you don’t want to, allowing you, and your child, to determine what they will learn and when. This also allows you to be led by the child, which will invariably lead to more efficient and effective learning especially when the child has selected or has a particular interest in a subject.
It also means that you can schedule lessons to when your child is most receptive; if they learn best first thing in the morning, or after lunch, you can plan lessons to make the most of this.
Adapt teaching methods to suit the child
This is probably the key game changer for most parents – allowing their child to learn at their own speed, in an environment that works for them. This allows the home schooler, be it parent or tutor, to dedicate as much time as necessary to a subject. If the child grasps a concept quickly, they can move on and equally, if more time is required to digest it, it can easily be allocated and covered in as much detail as needed. Likewise, if your child has learning difficulties or special requirements, you can tailor the lessons to suit their needs and their learning style.
One to One
One to one (or to two or three) teaching is very effective, so a lot of content can be covered in a shorter period of time. A recent article on the subject quoted that some home schoolers get a day’s worth of learning covered within two hours. Leaving time for additional activities – sports coaching, music tuition and covering additional topics outside of traditional learning such as new languages or areas of interest.
Children are far more likely to ask parents or a trusted tutor questions or say they don’t understand something than putting their hand up in a traditional classroom-based environment. This can lead to interactive learning and, also highlights any areas that might need more attention thus allowing the child to build their confidence in an area that might have been neglected in mainstream education.
The additional flexibility that home schooling allows is often not the first benefit to spring to mind, but it certainly helps to create an enjoyable lifestyle for the family. Holidays can be taken when the family chooses, no longer tied to “term time” and the hike in prices experienced during peak school holidays. Home schooling also avoids one of the most stressful times of the day – the school run. No more sitting in traffic for hours each day (joy!) and, it means that bedtime and get-ups can be better suited to the whole family.
Finally, don’t forget that even if you child starts in mainstream education and you want to move to home schooling, you simply need to inform the head teacher that you plan on doing so and to de-register you child and the school will inform your local authority.