Long before we’re faced with the decision of choosing “formal” education programs for our children, learning begins at home.
Home is the place where our earliest bonds are formed. It’s where children learn trust, curiosity and to keep trying, even when they face difficulty.
It’s no wonder, then, when families naturally look to home as a place to continue their children’s education. There are many benefits, as well as challenges, to looking into a home education program.
Benefits of Home Education
Home education can be a wonderful education option with many advantages, such as:
- paying individualized attention to your child’s unique needs
- flexibility to customize lessons and activities and try new things based on your child’s learning style
- no need to spend unproductive class time on things your child has already mastered
- sharing the learning experience with your child
- having a lot of fun!
Challenges of Home Education
As wonderful as home education is, it also has its challenges. Common challenges include:
- feeling inadequate to lead your child’s home education program
- confusion with selecting a curriculum or a home education approach
- worrying that home education will not “measure up” to traditional school programs
- concerns over socialization opportunities
With the right community, support and resources, the benefits often outweigh the challenges and home education can be a very rewarding experience.
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