Thinking of Homeschooling Your Child?
Homeschooling has become quite popular over recent years and there are many reasons a parent might consider homeschooling. Religious convictions, issues with the competence of the public school system, etc. If, for whatever reason, you have chosen to not send your children to the local public school, you might want to consider homeschooling. But is homeschooling really feasible for your personal situation?
Are You Home Anyway?
Homeschooling can be an especially good option if you have one parent who stays at home during the day. Homeschooling is not as expensive as many people seem to think. Certainly, your family will be forgoing the salary for the primary person who will be responsible for homeschooling, which in many cases is mom. However, for a family with a stay-at-home parent, they would already be missing that salary anyway.
When you are homeschooling, you will have to devote some money to materials and a prepackaged curriculum if you choose to buy one, but there are many resources that are available free online which can help you cut costs.
If you participate in a homeschooling coop, you can offer to teach some courses, and your child will get to take courses taught by other parents. Make sure you take advantage of any resources that your local school district offers homeschoolers. You might be eligible to receive or borrow textbooks for your child’s grade level from your local school district. Take advantage of all available resources.
If Homeschooling Isn’t For You
If you reluctantly have chosen your local public school for your child’s educational needs, even though you are dissatisfied with this option, make the most of it. Stay involved with your child’s education, and provide supplemental learning opportunities and extracurricular activities to enhance your child’s education even if you aren’t homeschooling full time.