Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Is Homeschooling the Right Choice for My Familia?
It is no secret that most children flourish with individualized attention. They learn at a more rapid pace and are less likely to get bored. Because parents can incorporate more time and flexibility into their schedules, they can discover the best way their children learn. As a result, homeschoolers can sometimes cover a lot more ground than their public/private school counterparts, whose classrooms might only teach in one of the ways mentioned above (hopefully, it is the way your child learns best) and can only go as fast as their slower learners.
2. Can I commit myself to teaching my child on a regular basis?
Parents who homeschool must adopt a certain outlook and realize that they can turn almost any situation into a learning opportunity. There are many different methods for teaching your child, but one thing is clear: They all require consistency on your behalf. The great thing about homeshooling is that you can have a more flexible schedule, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to buckle down and work hard.
3. Can I afford to homeschool?
No matter what you hear, homeschooling isn’t cheap. (But neither is public school, if you think about it.) There are thousands of curricula available on the market (more on that later). And you still have to figure in the cost of school supplies, books, field trips, supplemental materials, and maybe even extracurricular classes, such as music, art and/or sports.
Do you have to buy an expensive curriculum? No. You can even put together your own using your own ideas and any of the free lesson plans available on the Internet. But remember that ANYONE can put together a lesson plan and put it on-line– complete with inaccuracies. So, por favor, be careful and research your plans carefully. Try to go with bigger and well-known sites.
For the family that is homeschooling for the first time, I do strongly suggest using a curriculum to get you started. By the end of your first year, you should feel confident enough to branch off on your own if you so choose.
4. How will homeschooling affect our family life and relationships?
Homeschooling can be a wonderful way to reinforce family ties and even a way to work through challenging relationships. No one will be more concerned with your child’s education than you are, and teaching your child can add a whole new dimension to your relationship. If you remember to teach your child with love, joy, and un poquito de paciencia – your child will blossom.
Do your children squabble with each other? Homeschooling can open more opportunities for you to train or guide their relationships to be more supportive and loving. Check out this excellent post by Stefani on Simple Homeschool for some great examples.
Regardless of whether or not you choose to homeschool your child, remember that you are your child’s biggest fan. They rely on you to support them academically so that they can live their best life. And I hope you will find some helpful information on Mommy Maestra to aid you on your homeschooling journey or to supplement your child’s formal education. Please feel free to share your thoughts, tips, and discoveries, so that we may all learn together on this path.
Con mucho cariño…