Homeschooling2 Being a parent is one of the most wonderful things that can happen to a person. Parents have to make tough decisions that their children might not like, but they are only trying to do what is best for them. When it comes to education some parents have chosen to not send their children to public school. Some parents feel that public schools are not safe and do not provide the proper education that they feel their children deserve. That is why many parents are making the choice to keep their children home and educate them themselves.
Many families suffer from the physical and emotional drain from homeschooling their children, along with a financial strain that is put on the family. Most families when their children become old enough to attend school, parents have the opportunity of sending them to public school or home schooling them. Parents who choose to send their children to public schools will have to purchase a small amount of school supplies, since public schools supply the major of the material needed for each student. Parents of public school children have a time frame of eight hours for work, shopping, friends, and housework.
Parents could also save money by sending them to public school since breakfast, lunch, and a snack is also provided in the elementary grades. Parents that decide to home school their children do not realize how much dedication and preparation it takes to make sure that their children gets the proper education. The parent that is going to teach the children will most likely have to quit their job. There will not be adequate time for a parent to maintain a job at home and still being able to meet deadlines. Parents will not be able to meet with friend or family to have lunch or just sit and talk.
There will not be any time for the parent to have personal time, to just be able to sit and relax without the commotion of the children. According to an article on the internet called Homeschooling3 All About Parenting “the almost-constant time together can at times seem suffocating and may not work for some families” (Allabout parenting. org, 2011). Parents of public school children do not have to worry about preparing what their children are going to learn for that year. The teacher at the school will prepare the lessons that they children need to learn for that year.
While parents of home schooled children will have to spend a good quality of time preparing and developing lessons plans for their children. Parents that have children that are in different grades will have to plan the proper learning material for each child. There is also a good amount of time each week spent planning activities outside of the home as well. This takes up a good amount of time making phone calls, planning, and organizing the dates. Some parents can have more than one child doing a different activity at the same time but at a different location.
Planning a field trip takes a lot of preparation by the parents who have to let the organization for home schooled children know of the idea. This will give other parents the opportunity to adjust their study plan accordingly so that their children will be to attend the activity. The parents who organize any of the field trips whether it is for an educational experience or for fun, takes on a lot of responsibility and sacrifice. In the middle of all the planning parents need to remember to make time for church and for their children to have time to play with their friends.
Parents who send their children to public school do not have to purchase books and supplies. Most public school children have two parents working full time jobs and are able to afford things easier than a family of only one income. A disadvantage for the parents of home schooled children is the financial burden it can put on the family. Parents who choose to home Homeschooling4 school their children, as opposed to free public schooling are responsible for purchasing what is needed to teach. This will include their curriculum which can run approximately $400 per child each year, which can run more once the child reaches high school.
Parents are responsible for the cost of field trips, computer software, and materials for projects, as well as many other resources available to the parents. This cost can be even higher for families in which a parent has given up his or her full-time job to teach their children. For families who are used to having two incomes to support their family, now only have one income can be a serious disadvantage. Below is a chart of Pro and Cons of Public School verses Home Schooling. Public SchoolHome School ProConProCon
Learning within a group settingHigh student-teacher ratioFee to choose curriculumUsually more expensive than public school Extra-curricular activity availabilityLess independence (scheduled learning)Free to choose scheduleTeachers are not always qualified to teach all subjects More curriculum opportunitiesSchool chooses curriculumSmall teacher to student ratioIt is harder to provide social interaction Diverse social educationPeers based on area instead of choiceTeaches students to be independent in their learning choicesColleges sometimes have stricter admissions policies concerning homeschooled students.
Another disadvantage of home schooled children verses public school children is who are teaching them. Home schooled children have their parents teach them and the majority of the parents has only graduated high school and has no college education. Now since your parent is going to be your teacher, he or she might not be a strict as the teacher in public schools. As to where teacher at a public school have to be board certified and a teaching degree. They would have to have a bachelor’s degree, completion of a teacher education program, supervised Homeschooling5 eaching experience, and the completion of basic writing and math skill tests. Without these credentials they are not able to teach properly. This chart shows the cost difference between home schooling a child and sending them to public school. You have your basic education, your supplementary Materials: books, pens, markers, etc. , physical education, and extracurricular activities which include camps, sports, drama, and after school programs. Per ChildJust EducationSupplementary MaterialsPhysical EducationExtra Curricular Activities Home School250. 060. 00600. 00100. 00-2000. 00 PublicFree25. 00-50. 00250. 00300. 00-500. 00 Another financial burden to the parents is their monthly bills will go up slightly each month. The electricity will go up due to the increase light that is needed. Parents would have to purchase a computer if they didn’t have one. If internet was not a previous bill it will now be, due to the usage of the computer needed to complete assignments. Increase in food, parents will now have to cook breakfast, lunch, and provide snacks that the public schools before provided.
Some parents could also have to hire a tutor to help teach a subject that they are not that experienced in. When a family is struggling not only to keep their children’s education going but also to help them learn how to interact with other children. This is a critical process to help in the children’s socialization skills. If children are not able to interact with other children their age or close to their age can become shy and distant to others. Keeping the attention of children for Homeschooling6 more than five to six hours so what they are learning can be a chore in itself.
By breaking up the learning experience into different times can help them learn easier and not get negative feedback from the children. Children would become dependent on their parent for all their learning experience. They would not have any other interaction with other children who are of a different culture and learn from them. They would also not have the experience that comes from a public school, no school dances, including prom, home coming, and even dating. These are skills that we all learn growing up and how to deal with them.
Most states have regulations that parents have to abide if they want to home school their children. Depending on what state you are in will depend on what you have to do to home school your children. Following a curriculum is the best way to maintain the proper learning experience. In the map below you find state by state regulations on home schooling. Homeschooling6 LEGEND States requiring no notice: No state requirement for parents to initiate any contact. States with low regulation: State requires parental notification only.
States with moderate regulation: State requires parents to send notification, test scores, and/or professional evaluation of student progress. State with high regulation: State requires parents to send notification or achievement test scores and/or professional evaluation, plus other requirements (e. g. curriculum approval by the state, teacher qualification of parents, or home visits by state officials). Some communities even have co-ops for home school children which gives them the opportunity to learn from a variety of adults in addition to their parents.
They also have Sunday school, dance classes, 4-H clubs, sports, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and other activities that will offer children the time to learn alongside and socialize with other children. This also gives children the chance to mingle with other children in their grade who go to public school so they can get the input of public and private teaching. These groups were created to help the children of public and private schooling to let them know that they are not missing out on anything because of the time of learning they get.
This also can be avoided if the parents keep their children active in groups and activities involving other children. However, these programs can be a little costly for some families. Parents should have the choice of sending their children to public school or to home school them at home. Before parents decide anything they need to research not only the advantages but also the disadvantages and see what is best for their family. Many parents do not take into consideration on how much time, money, and planning it takes to give their children a proper education.
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