Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Home Schooling & Public Schooling

When it comes to how your child will be educated, there are pros and cons of homeschooling as well as public schooling. However, depending on the person you ask, the answers they may give could vary.

Many parents want a structured environment for their children. Some parents want to be able to pick and choose what their child will learn.
Socialization is another area that is debatable.There are parents that feel that a public school setting, will provide their child with many opportunity's to create friendships. Where some parents may feel like the potential for bulling, peer pressure and children made to be around the same age group, could negatively impact their child.  These parents may feel that they can provide better, more postive opportunity's through Church, sports, co-ops, etc.

 Public school are often thought to prepare children better academically because of access to Teachers, etc.  However, many homeschooling parents are prepared to seek out private tutoring, co-op classes, friends and family to help in areas that are needed for their chidren.
Another advantage to homeschooling, that many parents feel is a pro, is that it  allows for more one on one attention for their children.

Cost is another bump in the road for many parents. Homeschooling can vary, this will depend on you. Curriculum's range in price and many our very affordable. Some parents have even managed to homeschool for almost nothing.

Supplies like paper, glue, pencils, etc. do not cost anymore either route you go ( I always take advantage of my states Tax free Weekend to get most of what I will need for the years ). Clothing can also cost less if you homeschool. (Again this depends on you.) Since you are at home more, the need for as many outfits for your children maybe less. ( This is true for my own family ) Another reason I have heard many times is that parents want their "Me" time. They enjoy that time they get alone when their child is in school. I have also heard the opposite as well. Many parents choose to homeschool because they do not want to be away from their children.

In the end, the pros and cons of ether choice, depends on the person. What I may think is a pro, some one else may feel is a con, and vise versa.

So, if you are considering if you should Homeschool or not. Don't make a decision because I think its the best route. Do it because you feel Homeschooling has more pros than cons for you and your children!

Until Next Time...

1 comment:

Kat said...

Homeschooling is definitely the best route for us! We also take advantage of the tax free weekends, and we buy a year's worth (or more, lol) of things like notebooks, binders, glue, markers, pencils, etc.

As far as clothes...we definitely make out cheaper in that area. Not only do we need to buy fewer items (my boys have 3 pair of jeans instead of 5),they seem to last longer because they don't have to wear them ALL day or play around in them. They can wear older play clothes. :)