Chapter 1: What is Homeschooling?

For Parents and Children

Resource List

– This Article from Coalition for Responsible Home Education answers simple question in detail about homeschooling.

– Homeschooling 101: What is Homeschooling? is a long and detailed blog post on homeschooling. Mostly covers basic information.

– Have a look at this research report by Brian D. Ray, Ph.D. on Homeschooling, It shows key information and statistics regarding homeschooling. (The destination link is in .pdf format)

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Definition and Introduction

A quick google search for what is homeschooling would yield that it is a form of education for children conducted at home by their parents. This is the simplest form of definition that can be given to homeschooling, but in reality it just barely scratches the surface.

Homeschooling is not just a mode of education, it is a commitment by both the children as well as by the parents. In fact, there is higher level of commitment on the parents part. They have to sacrifice their time and put in tremendous effort in order to succeed in this endeavor.

In part, it could mean that one of the parents not only has to stay at home 24/7 but also has to become an expert at child education him/herself. This commitment is reached after the parents have weighed the pros and cons of homeschooling.

Therefore, the definition for homeschooling has to be broken down in two ways: what does it mean for parents and what does it mean for children.

What is Homeschooling

What is Homeschooling for Parents?

Remember there are no home schooling schools. Meaning the entire burden of responsibility for a child’s success in academic, social and extracurricular circles lies directly on the parents’ shoulder.

As a homeschooling mom or dad, you would not be able to blame your child’s lack of academic achievements on anyone but yourself. You will have no one to point the finger to.

However, as a parent, homeschooling could also be a great relief for you. The idea that your children will be with you and under your protection would grant many parents a piece of mind. You can decide the pace at which you want to teach and you can take breaks or vacation whenever you see fit.

On the flip side, this also means that you need to educate yourself on the various aspects of homeschooling. You need to learn and decide upon which approach you want to take i.e classical approach or more eclectic approach. One of the parents would most likely have to quite his/her job, resulting in less total income for the family.

Homeschooling for parents is therefore a long journey the fruits of which can only be seen when your child grows into an adult. This requires tremendous patience and sacrifice.

What is Homeschooling for Children?

Homeschooling may sound to many children as permanent vacation, but that is far from reality. Homeschooling for children has many aspects attached to it. A homeschooled kid usually receives a lot more love and compassion as compared to their school going counterparts. They are less likely to fall under negative peer pressure or face abuses. Homeschooling for children is also a mode for them to explore their latent talents and skills without having the worry of competition or pressure.

Homeschooling could also mean a restriction to a child’s social life. However, that is only true if the parents make it so. Given opportunities, homeschooling for children can prove to be a platform for them to seek out possibilities which would require them to be socially active.

Homeschooling has garnered tremendous traction over the past few decades as more and more parents are beginning to realize that their children can perform much better if they can give them a conducive environment for learning at home.

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