Although home education is becoming more popular, many myths about homeschooling are believed to be true. Here are some homeschooling facts all parents should know before deciding where their children will attend school.
Homeschooled children can receive a high quality education. Homeschoolers receive an education tailored to their needs and learning styles. They can slow down or move forward according to their unique abilities. Statistics show they outperform both public and private school students on standardized tests.
You do not need a college diploma or teaching certificate to educate your child at home. Although states vary in their requirements of home educators, parents who have not graduated from college can successfully teach their children. Parents can learn alongside their children in areas of weakness and purchase materials that tell exactly how to teach difficult subjects.
Homeschoolers can attend college. Home educated students receive valid high school diplomas and are frequently recruited by colleges and universities. The college environment closely resembles homeschooling because the majority of a college student’s time is spent studying outside of the classroom.
Non-Christian parents also choose to homeschool their children. Homeschooling is not only for religious parents. There are many secular programs available for non religious families, and religious materials can often be tailored to meet a non religious family’s needs.
Homeschoolers do not need to be closely monitored by government officials. Most parents want what is best for their children and can be trusted to educate their children without government oversight. Studies show that homeschooling is equally successful in states with high and low levels of government regulation.
Homeschooling is great for gifted or special needs children. Children who work above or below grade level need special attention that can’t be provided in public schools. Home education allows them to move at a comfortable pace.
Homeschooling is not expensive. Parents of all income levels can teach their own children. There are many ways to reduce the cost of curriculum and activities. Some families are even able to design their own programs and homeschool for free.
Home education does not involve sitting at a desk all day. There are many different ways to homeschool. Some families use structured, textbook and workbook programs. Other families are very relaxed, and teach their children through everyday outings and activities.
Homeschoolers don’t miss out on childhood fun. Support groups offer activities like park days, science fairs, field trips and clubs. Homeschool schedules are so efficient that they leave students with more time to pursue their interests and take part in fun activities.
Homeschool graduates will be prepared for the real world. Home educated students spend their days in a real world environment. With their parent’s coaching and mentoring, they learn to meet and overcome challenges, and are adequately prepared for life after graduation.