Homeschooling Your Children And The Ins And Outs Of Do It Yourself Education
By Donald Saunders
Many people see homeschooling very much as 'do it yourself
education' and most parents immediately see themselves as the 'you'
in 'yourself'. As a consequence, many parents who have busy lives
earning a living or undertaking other important activities, and
especially single parents, tend to dismiss any ideas of
homeschooling out of hand. But are they wise to take this course of
Homeschooling has been with us for an extremely long time now and
involves in excess of 1,000,000 children in the US alone and
experience demonstrates that are a wide range of options available
to parents nowadays. Indeed, it is no surprise to find that parents
in just about any situation which you can think of have found a
solution to homeschooling their children.
Of course we are all familiar with the traditional two parent family
where dad goes out to work and mum stays home and this situation
makes homeschooling a reasonably simple option. Since the 1960s
however our society has changed a great deal and today there are a
wide range of family situations including, extended families, role
reversal, single parents, same-sex couples and much more.
Every situation carries with it both problems and advantages for
homeschooling and it is a question of examining both and then
looking for ways to overcome the difficulties and enhance the
As an example, a number of parents turn to their wider family or
friends for assistance and invite friends or family into their home
to help. This is not new of course and, for a very long time, it was
not uncommon for families to offer a friend or an older family
member such as an uncle accommodation in exchange for helping with
the care and education of a child.
Neighbors can also frequently provide assistance. Many
'stay-at-home' moms are already providing day care facilities for
children and, with the continued rise in homeschooling numbers,
babysitting services are being extended more and more to encompass
In more and more cases families are also getting together to provide
homeschooling on a 'group' basis.
Another increasingly popular option is to employ a tutor. Tutors
nowadays come from a variety of different backgrounds, at all ages
and include both specialists, like those teaching music or
languages, as well as general tutors. In fact, it is not unusual to
find ex-private or public school teachers who are unhappy with the
'system' becoming tutors because of their basic love of teaching.
The majority of parents think that private tutoring is simply beyond
their financial reach but, after some careful research, they are
normally surprised to learn that the cost of tutoring is not beyond
Another important consideration is the children themselves. It is
surprising just how well motivated children are by the independence
which homeschooling brings and many parents find that educating a
child at home can be a lot less time consuming than you might
Should you find yourself tempted by the advantages of homeschooling
over the present poor public school system then do not fall into the
common pitfall of simply dismissing the idea out-of-hand. Take time
to examine the options open to you and you could well be surprised
to discover that it is easier than you think.
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