Wednesday, January 2, 2013

To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool?

Homeschooling Your Child

Author: Abu Murad

To Homeschool or Not to Homeschool?

Making the decision to home school your child is not the easiest decision in the best of times, but what happens when the weight of your decision is compounded by the fact that your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability? Firstly, do not despair that your child has been "classified" as having a learning disability. This may or may not be correct. It may simply be that the classroom is that the child follows a teaching style that is not optimal for the learning style of your child. If this is the case, then a more personalized and targeted can give very different results.
Even if your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability more of a professional, you must remember that this tag should only be used as a tool rather than an excuse. If the categorization and labeling your child does not produce better results, or worse, the ability of your child appears to deteriorate further, then what is the label?
As a parent, I have had experience with both, Homeschooling and Public Schooling. Here are my findings and a few good reasons why homeschooling your child could be a positive. With so many negatives surrounding homeschooling your child(ren), lots of parents steer away from it like the plague. Some negative rumors about homeschooling include:
  • no socialization
  • improper curriculum
  • lack of exposure to diversity
  • potential problems entering mainstream lifestyles
But, I am here to tell you that homeschooling isn't like it was back in the 60's, when only a handful of Americans homeschooled their children. Today, we have community clubs, sportsplex, other children who are homeschooled, parenting meetings and get togethers for other children who are homeschooled, and group field trips. It also gives parents peace of mind knowing just what their children are learning and also knowing that your children are safe. It wouldn't be fair to list only the negative rumors surrounding homeschooling, without listing the positives:
  • You're in charge of what your child learns i.e. curriculum, hours per day
  • Your child doesn't have to spend an entire day sitting in class, most homeschoolers can attain just as much, if not more curriculum in 3 to 4 hours a day as public school children.
  • Controlled socialization - Parents believe that home schooling improves children's relations with adults. It also helps them avoid a peer culture with excessive premarital sex, drugs and alcohol.
  • One on one parenting.
  • Safety with the ever-rising violence in public and private schools
Remember, even if as a parent homeschool you are responsible for your child's education, children are children. Sometimes their attention and behavior will fluctuate. This is normal and what is more, I suggest that sometimes you just go with it rather than trying to fight it. When your child is very uncooperative, which may be your sign to pause, rewind, change speed and focus on something else. Sometimes a change of subject will suffice. At other times, you may need to take a break, grab a snack, or better yet, go out and do something fun.
Keep in mind, too, that if you are frustrated, your child will take this frustration. Relax, keep things light and calm. Stress inhibits learning new concepts.
Learning is fun, even with a child learning challenges. Taking responsibility for their education, you do your best for your child.
If you're considering homeschooling, please look into the laws in your state.
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I have been writing articles , columns , research papers and review of scholarly articles more then 5 years in different local newspaper and magazines

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