Homeschooling is a great option for parents that want more control over the quality and content of their child’s education. However, when you first embark on the homeschooling journey you will inevitably be faced with family concerns. These concerns usually focus on how it is done, what it will cost and what limitations it has. Learn the answer to these questions before you talk with your family so that they will be just as excited about this new learning adventure as you are.
How Is It Done?
The first concern your family is going to have about homeschooling is how you will do it. They will ask you questions about your teaching ability and the curriculum. The best way to approach these questions is to first do your homework.
Homeschooling is becoming more and more popular, particularly in districts where public schools are shutting down or underperforming. Unlike in the past, today there is a great selection of pre-packaged and modular curriculum programs that you can purchase. These programs provide multimedia education modules that cover everything that your child wants to learn about. You can even select between religious and secular curriculum programs.
These prepackaged curriculum programs offer assistance in teaching the material. Many programs come with teacher guides and other resources that you can use to enhance your teaching capabilities. Programs for older kids shift the teaching responsibilities from you to independent study with online support. This will help ensure that more complex subjects that you may not be skilled in can still be offered to your kids without sacrificing mentor support.
What Does It Cost?
Another primary concern that families have about homeschooling is the cost. It is true that most school districts do not pay for homeschooling programs, so you will be responsible for covering the costs. However, this trend is changing. Some school districts offer a virtual school option or a voucher program that will cover homeschooling expenses. Virtual schools offer students the opportunity to learn at home using a computer and Internet access. These programs are covered by some school districts. The voucher program is another option that parents have in some school districts. Here the district will provide vouchers that allow parents to send their kids to whatever school they want, virtual, home or a school in another district.
Many family members are going to question your decision to homeschool because they think that it just is not as good as going to public school. One of their concerns may be that your child will be socially isolated. To quell this concern you can tell them about the homeschool conferences, support groups and other social activities that are built into the design of a homeschool program that will provide your child with adequate opportunities to socialize.
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