The Benefits of Homeschool Education
The Benefits of Homeschool Education
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Homeschool education is a growing trend among families within the United States. This option is chosen for many different reasons. While it may not be viewed as normal in terms of education it can become a viable option for anyone who is willing and able to invest in the future of their children. According to a study done in the early 2000s, there are over one million children homeschooled in the United States (Lips, 2008). This number has risen dramatically over the past ten years to a staggering 2.4 million children being home schooled (Ray, 2011).Homeschooling offers many benefits to students and their families and may result in many of the same opportunities afforded to children with traditional education. Homeschooling can offer educational experiences that differ from the traditional classroom. David Kolb created a learning style model that helps people understand that each person has different learning styles. These learning styles are classified in this model as watching, feeling, thinking, or doing (Kamarulzaman, 2012). Home education offers the ability to adapt to the individual learning style of each student. The adaptation of these needs can be done in a variety of ways to meet the needs of each child. Classroom adaptation, curriculum adaptation and teaching adaptation are several of these ways. Many families choose home education because of gifted children and the fact that they are not being challenged in the public school setting or they may have children with disabilities who suffer in the same setting. Having such freedoms with this type of education means that each individual child’s needs are met daily. If one student requires more in depth teaching then this is an optimal opportunity to do so without fear of embarrassment or reprisal. One-on-one teaching is easier to give to a child in this setting when they are struggling as well as being able to move on more quickly if they understand the curriculum. (Wagner, 2008). The ability to focus on each child and their learning styles leads to learning successes. It has been shown that home educated students consistently score higher on the ACT by a two and a half point average. (Barwegan et al, 2003) There are a variety of reasons that families choose to home school. Social issues are a big factor for parents when choosing this type of education. Bullying, peer pressure and other types of abuse are eliminated when a child is homeschooled. (Sherman, 2002). Children tend to excel without the pressure placed on them from within an environment they are in daily. Despite popular beliefs among critics, students seem to excel in a home educational setting. Home educated children learn to become self-reliant at a young age. Many times the parent that is the teacher encourages the student to do learning activities independently and be more creative with projects to foster a sense of worth within the child. Children are also taught about responsibility through different avenues such as chores, jobs, time management and money management. While parental involvement in the home school setting an obvious factor many families choose to use this involvement for teaching responsibility, values and socialization. Home educated students often times go on to college and beyond with much success. Many times people who don't understand homeschooling and what it offers or how it can be beneficial judge those who have lived it and experienced it. It is often found that those individuals that are home schooled go on to adulthood and have very positive outcomes (Lips, 2008). Admissions processes can be somewhat more complicated for a homeschooler, but it is not insurmountable. Most home school affiliations require that the teacher fill out...
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