Some parents choose to home school their children, meaning they provide all of their children’s educational needs in the home. They become their children’s teachers and supplement with established curriculum and distance-learning programs in order to provide a quality education in the comfort of their own home.
Homeschooling provides educational flexibility. Parents still teach the basic course information, but they can teach it at a pace that is tailored to the learning needs of each child. Instead of having to pursue a curriculum in a specific time frame, they have the flexibility to work at their child’s pace.
Children in home school can study topics of interest to them in addition to the basic curriculum. They can pursue music, robotics or other topics that interest them in the extra time they have when they finish their traditional school work.
Children in home school generally have fewer peer interactions than children in traditional schools. However, home schooling can provide opportunities for social interaction through church and community groups, classes or lessons, and home school groups in the area.
Parents can take their children on field trips more easily than schools can plan field trips for a whole class. Planning a family vacation to a historic site or national landmark can help enhance the education children receive at home.
Home schooling means a parent may have to leave a full-time job in order to educate her children. While this can be a financial burden on families, most parents who home school their children feel the financial loss is worth the gain of spending time with their children and taking charge of their education.