Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular around the world, especially in the United States. Parents are starting to recognize the benefits that homeschooling can bring for their children and many argue that it can be more beneficial than mainstream public schooling. While I differ from many who speak of its universal applicability for all students in that I don’t feel that it is optimal for everyone, we do feel it can be helpful for many for a variety of reasons.
In this article, we will share with you five reasons we have found homeschooling to be beneficial for some, and tell you a bit about our signature homeschool, the Renaissance Mountain Academy (www.renaissancemountainacademy.com)
#1: Confidence Boosting
It can be very overwhelming for some small children and adolescents to be in a classroom full of peers. Sometimes, they can be too shy to ask for help in certain subjects, which can hinder their progress and blind educators to their full potential and capabilities. Some students’ self-consciousness can overwhelm them at times, and the cost can be astronomical considering that what teachers think of students apart from grades can significantly affect their placement. For many parents, they find that by schooling their children at home, they inadvertently help their children develop their natural confidence that can be hindered from blossoming in a traditional classroom. Moreover, their children learn more because they may feel more comfortable asking questions when they don’t understand something. I can definitely testify as a classroom teacher at multiple levels and as the long-time Educational Director of a learning center that who many students are in groups and one-on-one can be strikingly different.
Within mainstream schools, we are destined to follow the timetable that the school sets. That means your child must be dropped off at a certain time, picked up at a certain time, and take off for holidays at certain times.
With homeschooling, you set the timetable. You can be flexible around your work and other commitments and also take holiday breaks when you want to. With evidence increasingly being revealed that later start times helps students learn better, a flexible schedule is very helpful.
We all need that individual touch; and children are no different. When students learn in a one-on-one environment, they can really pack a lot in. We have found that many homeschoolers can get a normal full day’s learning in within just two hours because the sole focus is one child (or more depending on your family size)). This allows you to fully focus and concentrate on teaching and have more time for other enhancing activities.
By homeschooling, you get the chance to move at your child’s pace. One of the problems with mainstream schooling is that everyone in the class must keep up. If not, they can get left behind and can see their grades and confidence diminish.
Home schooling allows you to teach in ways that are fun for each child and allows you to teach at the right pace for your child. If they are picking up a subject quickly, you can move on to the next topic. If they are struggling to grasp a concept, you can stick with it until they need to move on. It is all in the hands of the child.
One thing that puts many parents off home schooling is the lack of social interaction and lack of support for the parents as they transition into becoming their child’s tutor. However, with The American Academy you are never alone. The support that is offered is second to none and ensures that both the parents and the children involved in home schooling are well looked after and supported throughout their whole home education.
For more information on our fantastic homeschool program, please visit our website at www.renaissancemountainacademy.com