Monday, 29 February 2016

Myths about homeschooling - The Learning House Canada



Parents looking to homeschool have to face myths, doubts and fears that keep them from homeschooling their children. This is an attempt to bust some myth, dispel fears and eliminate any fears regarding homeschooling that are preventing parents from getting their children home schooled. 
 
1. My children don’t listen/ I don’t get along with them/they have an attitude problem
Instead of avoiding or running from discipline problems that need to be handled, parents must embrace opportunities to train and teach their young ones to be obedient and respectful. They should learn to reach the hearts of their children, not only apply methods of punishment and behavior modification, but also build heart-to-heart relationships with their children.

2. I don’t have the right qualifications/ I can't teach Science and Math
The education level of homeschooling parents is not a determining factor for successful homeschooling. Even if you are a high school dropout you can successfully homeschool your children. In fact, parents who have not had a good school run may be able to fill in the 'gaps' in their own education as they go through numerous concepts with children.
Also, curriculums developed for homeschooling are designed for use by parents who are not trained, for students who will be pursuing self-study. Very clear and concise instructions are provided, parent solutions and guides are provided. Some curriculums also come with instructional DVD's to make learning easy. 

3. It is expensive
With all the choices and options of curriculum available apart from the free resources on the internet, there is absolutely no grounds for making this excuse. Most homeschooling parents have to survive on a single income and are still able to provide good quality education to their children.
Moreover, the expenses such as clothing, lunch money, etc. associated with public school are reduced in homeschooling. The only main expense will be on the course materials and books which can be easily re-used with younger siblings.

4. My children are social and love to spend time with friends
If your children like to spend all their time with their peers and are not close to you or their siblings then that in itself is a problem.  Homeschooling helps children in building good relationships with their siblings and their parents. Once they have good family values, children are able to make healthy friendships outside their house.
Homeschooling helps parents in choosing the social interactions their children have. Parents have better control in keeping their children from bad influences or negative pressure until the youngsters are old enough to make their decision.
Research shows that homeschoolers have more enhanced and better social skills with a wider range of age groups in comparison to school-going children, whose social interactions are mainly limited to their age group.
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