Homeschooling for Child | What is it , Pros and Cons


Home education, also called Homeschooling is another type of education most people don't know, which is suggested by Charlotte Mason and uses several homeschool programs different than regular schools. In this article, You'll discover the definition of Homeschooling , its types, and some homeschooling pros and cons

"In fact, we are doing homeschooling" is the answer of parents doing home education (Homeschooling) When Someone asks if their kid has entered yet kindergarten or when someone in a social session asks about when he will go to school... This answer usually evokes a reaction from three: disapproval, curiosity, or lack of understanding! 

In rare cases, the person is familiar with the idea or heard about it, and it may help us introduce to people who don't Know Homeschooling. 

However, there are two important questions that are constantly being asked:

  •  What is home education and how can it be done?

  •  And why do some parents choose Homeschooling?

Even though it is largely uninformed in Asian Countries, and even illegal in some of them, many families are beginning to think about it and search for laws that can allow it, as it is available to expatriates in the foreign countries in which they reside. I hope this article is a useful seed for everyone seeking more knowledge on this topic.

I - What is Homeschooling?

In short: it is education outside the institutional environment based on the school programs. There are many methods that parents use in providing home education, and we can summarize them as follows:

First: Home education according to the state curriculum

The principle is simple: the child’s education is according to the state’s curriculum, but this education takes place at home. There may or may not be requirements for assessment or examination in a school or ministry. The idea here is to allow more free time to learn additional things at home or to provide time for family and social activities and travel depending on the family situation. 

Usually, this type of education is used by expatriate families who want their children to complete their university education in their home countries, or families whose children suffer from difficulties in schools due to a disability, learning difficulties, or constant exposure to bullying, or families who prefer education at home simply even if they are committed With the curriculum of the state if the laws do not allow to choose another approach.

Second: Home education according to a curriculum

In this method, parents are free to choose the homeschool programs that they can teach for their children, whether they are part of the state programs and another part of a separate curriculum, or external curricula prepared in advance for the various subjects, or even a special curriculum that parents prepare themselves according to the needs of their children. 

Although this method seems more confusing, it gives freedom to parents about choosing what suits their children and proceeding in the curriculum faster or slower according to the ability of their children without having to abide by what is required by the official curriculum of the state, and it also provides the freedom to change or modify the curriculum if it does not match With their children's tendencies or found it boring. 

This method is usually preferred for those who do home education, as it provides freedom with some standardization in learning, and opens the door for the child to focus more on the materials and interests that he prefers at an early date, and allows parents to choose educational methods compatible with the curriculum that they choose according to the capabilities of their children.


Third: Free home education (or no education!)

Called Unschooling as well... While the previous two methods include some methodology and codification, this free education simply means that the parents do not interfere at all at the time or the subject that the child chooses to learn! It is similar to "a child-led education".

Once he asks to know more about something, they provide him with materials, resources, and resources related to him and help him in it. If his current interest in mathematics is, he can read books and do many exercises in mathematics as long as he wants to. 

If his interest in literature, he can borrow from the public library, for example, the number of novels he wants and see them all, or he may be interested in a kind of animal or plant, so he will focus on learning everything about that subject. And before you raise your eyebrows denouncing and saying: "This is not education!" 

This Principle of this method is allowing the child to learn anything he wants to learn, as education will be firm for him because he loves it. This method may be appropriate in some cases more than others, but its results are not generally the best, despite the fact that studies are very limited in this category of home education.

II - homeschooling pros and cons

homeschooling advantages

  • The nature of the parents' work

  • The content collides with the parents' beliefs or principles

  • Time constraint

  • Family lifestyle

  • The school is unable to accommodate the additional needs of the child

  • The family's desire to spend more time with its children

  • Poor educational content or lack of ethics in school

  • Expensive education

homeschooling disadvantages

  • Depriving the kid of making friends and discovering the real world

  • The necessity of the parent's presence all time

  • The kid's adapting problem 

  • Poor content/subjects that parents teach

  • Lack of serious learning mode 

  • No graduation/certificates from schools

  • The difficulty of attending college or university

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