By Larry A. Johnson
Are you and your children cut out for home school?
Homeschooling your own child has its advantages and
disadvantages, but with total control you have the flexibility
to teach your child values that cannot be taught in a public
Your home school curriculum can also incorporate your own
religious and moral beliefs, something that no one but you can
teach your own child. By taking control of a child's education
a parent can shape that child's value system better than any
It is not necessary to have a teaching degree or to even be a
college graduate for that matter. Although it is a tremendous
responsibility to teach your own child the education they will
receive from a concerned parent will be much greater than they
can get in a public school system. And if you don't feel
comfortable with some of the harder subject materials it's
possible to hire a tutor for those classes.
If you want your child to excel in home school you need to
possess two things. One, you must have the desire to teach
children and two, you must have the determination to succeed
with home schooling. With home schools that's all it takes, a
desire and some effort. With those two things your child can
realize an education that will far surpass a classroom
environment. Any parent can be an effective teacher if they
truly have the desire for their children to learn.
There is no one else that will want your child to succeed as
much as you do. And to progress at a better-than-public-school
pace a child must have a teacher who knows them and wants them
to learn. Many public school teachers are only in it for the
paycheck. And most others have so many kids in their classroom
there is absolutely no way they can give them the individual
time and attention that a parent can with homeschooling. This
is why home schooled kids have the potential to far exceed
public school children.
The biggest hurdle that most parents face is being unsure of
their own ability to teach. School teachers must go through
many years of education programs before they are qualified to
teach others while many parents have no training at all. But
should this be the deciding factor?
You may be surprised at how effective you can be as your
child's instructor. School teachers are face with many
obstacles and regulations that you will never have. They must
overcome many children's learning styles and behaviors,
children with disciplinary problems, school regulations and a
host of other things that will not be required of you. As a
homeschool parent you are in charge of only one child, not a
room full of children who possess different personalities that
learn in many different ways.
In the public classroom, when it comes to curriculum, school
teachers are required to follow a program and use materials
that the public system as approved. Plus, they are bound to
through the material no matter how slow some of the children
be. You, on the other hand, with a homeschool curriculum can
proceed at the perfect speed with home schooling. You can make
sure your child learns a specific subject before going
And possibly, you can proceed much faster because there are no
less intelligent kids slowing things down for you. In the
public system you can only go forward as fast as the slowest
kid, otherwise they will be left behind.
Another positive aspect to homeschool is your individual time.
A teacher must start school precisely at a predetermined time
and finish at a predetermined time. A parent can adjust the
schedule as their children's learning abilities dictate. It is
usually much easier to deliver the subject matter more quickly
one-on-one which makes it possible to delve deeper into
subjects. Deeper examination can help a child understand
greater. By getting through lessons quicker it also allows
time for other activities and field trips.
Take a little time to search the web for ideas and lesson
plans. You will find many different topics such as accredited
home school, home school materials, Christian home school
programs and more. If you think you can't do it think again.
With all of the resources, online home education groups,
and your desire and effort you can help your child achieve a
brighter future that they can achieve in no other way.
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