1. Over the past two decades homeschooling has grown in popularity.  According to the U.S. Department of Education, there are now 2 million homeschool families in the U.S.A.  If you are thinking about homeschooling your children, you should know that there are both advantages and disadvantages to this.

    Advantages To Homeschooling

    Some of the advantages of homeschooling include:

    ·           Parents can choose what their children learn and when.  While things like music, physical education and home economics are being cut in today’s schools, they don’t have to be cut in homeschools.  Your children can reap the rewards of having these subjects taught to them.

    ·           Parents can focus on the subjects they find important.  Whether this be science, history, English or something else.  For instance, if you know that your child is interested in a career in science, you will be able to focus on their science classes instead of worrying about their history classes.

    ·            Families can create a schedule that will work well for them.  So, if your husband works evenings and you want your family to be able to see each other on a daily basis, you will be able to tailor your homeschool schedule in order to be able to do so.

    ·           You can hold class whenever and wherever you like.  If you want to travel on a business trip with your husband, you can always have school in a hotel room.  On the other hand, there are also some families who are into RV road trips and thus take their homeschool on the road with them.

    ·           You can take a vacation whenever you want.  So, if you know that a good time to go to a specific destination is during a school month, you can feel free to go without fear of having to answer to anyone for pulling your children out of school to go on vacation.

    ·            Children do not have to succumb to peer pressure in order to fit the “social norm.”  They can be themselves and follow their own interests instead.

    ·           Parents are able to assign work based upon what is going on in their family’s life.  In other words, during times when there is a lot of stress, you won’t have to worry about doing as much schoolwork.

    Disadvantages To Homeschooling

    Some of the disadvantages of homeschooling include:

    ·           You can clearly see how homeschooling will be less stressful for your children.  However, what you may not see is how stressful it can be for you as their parent.  This is because it means that you will have to do more work as you act as the teacher, counselor and mentor.  As such, you will have to plan and organize all of your children’s lessons and field trips.  This will become even more difficult if you have several children who are all in different grades.

    ·           You are not going to have a lot of time for yourself.  In fact, the only real time that you will have away from your children is whenever they are at their various activities that take place outside of the home.  Even at these times you may still have at least one of your children with you.  Plus, if you are not careful with the way in which you design your children’s schedule, you will actually find that you spend more time in the car, running from one activity to another, then you do at home doing homeschool.

    ·           There are going to be people who simply will not approve of your choice to homeschool your children.  This may simply be because they do not understand why you have chosen to homeschool in the first place.  You will also find that there are some people who will question whether or not you are actually doing what is best for your child.  Even if you don’t care what these people say or think about your choice to homeschool your children, you will find that it can grow tiring to continually be hearing these things.

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