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Pros and Cons of Homeschooling
Are you thinking of homeschooling? Considering the Benefits of Homeschooling? Looking for Homeschooling Information? Wondering How to Start Homeschooling?
When I look at homeschooling books and websites, I'm struck by homeschoolers' passion and conviction. While this is generally a good thing, it can be off-putting to parents who are considering homeschooling. As one mother who was thinking of homeschooling put it:
"Unlike all the homeschooling articles and websites that I read, I am not sure that homeschooling is a great idea. I'm just a parent who has run out of school choices and so I'm looking into homeschooling. I'm thinking of homeschooling out of necessity, not passion. I'm simply trying to problem solve and do what would be best for my child, but when I read the websites, I fear that I am about to enter a world of people who were born to homeschool, not accidental homeschoolers* like me."
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Time4Learning receives a lot of phone calls and emails from parents who feel this way. Many express a feeling that they are different from "real homeschoolers" since they are doing it out of necessity, not desire. We believe that half of today's homeschoolers did not intend to homeschool and started by putting their children in a traditional school. Elise's story epitomizes the reality that many start down the homeschool path somewhat accidentally.
"I never envisioned myself as a homeschooler until events unfolded in such a way that there didn't seem to be any other choice. I'd say that I started as an accidental homeschooler, a category that also describes many of my friends. In my case, I had always assumed that my children would go to school, although I recognized that I might have to pay for private school. And indeed, this was the first route we took when our daughter entered kindergarten." Click to read the rest of my story which continues with: Problems at School - Confronted with Socialization Issues.
To respond to these concerns and to help new homeschoolers get off to a great start, Time4Learning provides the following:
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Homeschoolers appear to be in a world of their own. Those who are thinking about homeschooling their child can feel marginalized since it appears on the web as if all homeschoolers were sold on the idea from the beginning. The reasons for choosing to homeschool a child can be so varied, but in many cases, parents put their children in schools and had no thoughts or intentions to homeschool. After some problems in schools and maybe a school switch or two, some of the parents consider homeschooling as the best approach for their children. These "accidental homeschoolers" usually come to homeschooling somewhat later, and not necessarily out of choice. They might have made the decision to homeschool because of one of the following reasons:
Of course there are probably as many reasons for homeschooling as there are homeschoolers! But those families who are forced to make a sudden decision to school their child at home may feel inadequate to the task at the beginning. You may have hit some initial homeschooling bumps that even made you ask, "What was I thinking?!" Maybe it wasn't too long before you discovered that this was the first of five stages of homeschooling:
The most interesting thing about arriving at the last stage of the process is that you look back and begin to realize you don't even recognize the person from stage one. In fact, you realize you have become one of those strange homeschooling families, those families that plan their lives around their homeschooling schedule, that brag about their favorite curricula, that get excited when a used homeschool book sale is coming to town. Somehow, that whole homeschooling world that seemed so unfamiliar and scary collided with your own world and merged into a new comfortable daily rhythm.
Time4Learning is excited to be a part of this homeschooling adventure along with you. Why not try us out and see how fun and effective a multimedia homeschool curriculum can be?
*Accidental Homeschooler is a term created by Time4Learning to describe how many parents feel when they first approach homeschooling.
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