The Benefits of Homeschooling

While respecting the tried and tested, traditional way of educating in a classroom setting, it cannot be denied that home schooling does have its own benefits as well.

Firstly, the learning process is never-ending when a student is home schooled. The lessons taught can be tailor-fit to the students' interests. There is a constant discovery of value in what others would consider as mundane or regular tasks such as cooking, doing the groceries, organizing an event at home or keeping an inventory of things in the house. This "real-life" educational approach keeps things fresh and arouses a deep and genuine desire in children to discover the relationships and significance of what they learned and how this knowledge applies to the things around them.

Secondly, they are not bound by rules and regulations that are meant to ensure order in an ordinarily chaotic school setting. This gives them the freedom to devote more time to investigate and probe a subject in depth. Plus, there is also that flexibility of being able to learn something that happens incidentally. Indeed, there is definitely something to be learned from the way the sky looks just before a rainstorm or how a bumblebee collects nectar from a flower. The knowledge they pick up from these experiences all happen in real time.

Home schooling also makes for quality family time. Since the students are not required to leave the house frequently, the rest of the family can still carry on with the usual things they do together such as having lunch or talking over an afternoon snack. In fact, the parents and siblings can even participate in the learning process thereby allowing for the development of stronger bonds between members. And the parents do not have to worry about the child's safety because they can take an active role in ensuring a warm, loving and secure learning environment.

Since the parents have the freedom to dictate what the learning environment will be like, they similarly do not have to be concerned about the learner's moral formation as well. It should no longer be a cause for concern that the student would be picking up values from someone they don't know or trust. They have the leeway to decide what the child should learn and what to avoid.

The students also have more freedom to participate more actively in society since they are not bound by the four walls of the classroom. They have more of a chance to interact with different people and learn how to operate in a society much bigger than a school campus.

With these benefits, we can say that, yes, home schooling is indeed non-traditional but is by no means inferior to the classic classroom approach. It teaches us that the outside world is the biggest classroom and real life itself is the best lesson one can learn.


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