Why should you homeschool your child? At the beginning of this blog series, you met Deborah, a homeschool mom of four. Through these posts, we’ve been exploring the five reasons she had for taking charge of her kids’ education. This week we’ll look at her second reason: customizing to fit your child.
Every child learns differently. The learning method that works for one student may not work for another. If you have children, you probably know this. One child might sit and complete his schoolwork without having to be asked twice, while another might be constantly distracted.
As a parent, you know your child’s learning needs better than anyone. You know his favorite subjects, which ones he struggles with, and what teaching style he responds to the best. That’s where homeschooling comes in. Suddenly, there are no longer the fifty- to sixty-minute daily time-slots that bind you to a particular subject.
Deborah sums it up this way: “Homeschooling made more in-depth studies of certain areas much easier.” You have the power to customize the learning to support your child’s strengths and coach him through his weaknesses. If he’s a Civil War buff, spend a little more time on the Civil War. If he wants to take on more subjects, empower him to do that.
Likewise, if he’s having trouble grasping the fundamentals of a subject, you can hone in on problem spots before moving on to more challenging concepts. One of Deborah’s favorite parts of homeschooling was seeing the “light come on” in her kids’ eyes when they finally understood a concept they had struggled with.
Deborah also notes that homeschooling “stretches the parents as well to grow, mature, and be more disciplined.” Even if you’re not a teacher by trade, there are worlds of resources available to you today. You can easily get teaching tips, diagrams, and activities to help you in your quest to enhance your child’s learning.
What are your thoughts on or experiences with homeschooling? Let us know!
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A Creative Writing graduate of Bob Jones University, Hannah worked for BJU Press for almost nine years as a writer and proofreader. Currently a coffee barista and freelance writer, she also tutors one student in French. While Hannah herself was not homeschooled, her experience in tutoring and teaching violin have shown her how beneficial one-on-one education can be. She hopes to homeschool her own kids someday.