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To Home School or Not?

August 3, 2020

Covid-19 has made a lot of changes to our lives! While most parents are working from home, their children are not in school which means either they are learning online or left the parents with the choice to home school.

While schools worldwide are closed due to the pandemic most parents have resorted to finding ways to keep their children engaged in school work while at home.

As schools shut down across the world, the concern for education of the children continues to grow.

In spite of this, you may still be undecided whether to home school your child or use another method. This article is even more relevant even after schools reopen and parents like you are still thinking if you should send your child to school or not.

This article outlines some positives and some negatives associated with home schooling.

First of all the advantages of home schooling is an effective one-to-one ratio of teaching. Studies have shown that students excel when there is smaller students-teacher-ratio. The students are aided individually and the teacher ensures that the student masters a basic concept before going on to a more advanced one. This ensures that genuine learning is taking place. 

Home schooling tailors learning to specific children’s needs.Home school tutors, in this case parents or guardians, are able to learn their children’s weaknesses, strengths, interests and many other things and therefore address them accordingly.

Home schooling offers a better and safe environment for learning unlike normal classroom or school setting.  Children who are home schooled are not exposed to bullying, teasing, or negative peer pressure or social vices. 

Home schooling provides more attachments to parents. Due to parents staying at home and helping their children with their studies they are attached to their children and thus creates a bond between them.

Here are some of the disadvantages of Home schooling.

Home schooling can become costly. Parents face financial challenges because one parent has to sacrifice to stay home and take care of their children. This can be worrying especially in times where we need both parents to earn some kind of income to support the family.

Another disadvantage can be socialization. Socialisation is an important aspect of a child’s life. They help them develop skills like negotiation skills, helping them become dependent and standing up for themselves amongst other things. Usually home school children find it difficult to mingle amongst their peers when then come out.

Finding the time to take students through school in the house can be challenging.

Taking the time to teach your children, on top of all the other things you need to do, can be hard work.

With the things outlined we hope parents would be armed to go through this challenging time and adopt the best methods to teach their children at home.

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