Does your heart skip a beat every time you have to wake your child up from their deep sleep, get them ready and push them through school gates? The dejected look on their face always makes you wonder, should you consider homeschooling? You try to reason with yourself and weigh both pros and cons of homeschooling.
While the debate of formal schooling vs homeschooling is never ending, here are some details that will help you make an informed decision.
What Is Homeschooling?
Homeschooling, also known as home education, is a process of delivering education to your child at home. Many parents have started adopting homeschooling for various reasons such as lack of curriculum, lack of private schools and other such factors.
What Is Formal Schooling?
Formal schooling includes receiving education from either public or private schools. It is more common when compared to homeschooling as formal schooling has many benefits.
Benefits Of Homeschooling
1. Personal Attention
Homeschooling enables personal attention, and with this, the child can clear the doubts without hesitation. In formal schooling, with so many children, the attention of the professor is already divided and your child can hesitate to ask doubts.
2. Flexible Schedule
Homeschooling gives an opportunity for a flexible schedule, and you won't have to wake your child up early morning, every day.
3. Extra Knowledge
When the child is getting full attention, it is obvious they will receive extra knowledge. Additionally, the child is not competing for grades and studying for the sake of gaining knowledge, which automatically lets them receive quality education.
4. Preferred Curriculum
You can set the curriculum according to your child's interest and include the courses you think are necessary.
5. Time Saving
When your child goes to school, they spends extra time getting ready for school and travelling, which can be reduced with homeschooling.
6. Safe Environment
Many parents constantly worry about their child's safety at school. This can be eliminated with homeschooling.
7. Reduced Paperwork
The paperwork and formalities involved in formal school are more. In homeschooling, lack of assignments, tests and homework also reduces paperwork.
Benefits Of Formal Schooling
1. Cost Effective
Homeschooling is costly as hiring dedicated teachers and purchasing course material is a costly affair. However, formal schooling offers a much better deal in terms of money when compared to homeschooling.
2. Proper Structure
Formal schools use proven methodologies and methods for deciding the curriculum, sports and other activities. They use proven ways to increase the efficiency of students.
3. Talented Teachers
Professors and teachers at private or public schools are often more trained to teach and have proper education for doing so. In fact, most of the teachers in any school have years of experience so they know how to teach a particular course in an effective manner.
4. Varied Courses
Formal schools offer varied courses and knowingly include every type of subject in the curriculum. This gives children a chance to make an informed decision in the future regarding their career.
5. Enhanced Social Activities
Formal schooling provides children a chance to bond with other children and teachers. Homeschooled children often miss this opportunity and can become antisocial because of lack of social interactions during their childhood.
6. Access To Sports
Sports are as important as studies, and that is why every formal school has provision for sports. Homeschooled children rarely get this, and it is also not possible to provide every sports experience at home.
7. Promotes Independent Nature
Formal schooling promotes independent nature in children as they learn to stay away from their parents. A homeschooled child will face more issues while shifting from their parent's house than a formally schooled child.
Homeschooling is not a bad option; however, it all depends on your situation. If it is possible for you to send your child to a public or private school, then do that for enhanced personal growth of the child. If it is not possible due to any reason such as lack of good schools in the nearby area, then consider homeschooling.