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The Benefits of Homeschooling

ImageI’ve given you an introduction to homeschooling and listed exactly how you should go about doing it but just in case you still need some more convincing, here is a list of some of the key advantages you gain in the process.

  • One-on-One attention – Every child should get the attention they deserve. Without the distraction and stress of getting lost amidst the pressure of attending to 20 other students in the classroom simultaneously, you will recognise that it is far easier to zoom in on a child’s strengths and weaknesses and exactly how to stimulate them.
  • Working at your own pace – It can be very frustrating for a child to constantly speed up or slow down according to the pace of his classmates. Homeschooling eliminates this problem entirely. Your child determines his or her own learning rate and is therefore allowed to understand a topic comprehensively before moving on to another.

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  • Working on your own time – You have the privilege of creating and working around your own schedule as opposed to following rigid schedules implemented by standard schooling. No more hustling, no more deadlines.
  • A stimulating environment – As stated in the previous blog post, it is absolutely mandatory that you designate a work area where the student will be homeschooled and how you design it is completely at your discretion. Nowhere is more comfortable than your home. DID YOU KNOW: A stimulating environment for a child can make the difference between a 25% greater ability to learn or 25% less in an environment with little stimulation. Below is a picture of mine.

 

  • Creating your own curriculum/syllabus – Along with the mainstream subjects, parents are fitted with the option of teaching their child what they want to teach them, Hebrew for instance, which would not normally be offered at a standard school.
  • Personal Freedom – Your child is allowed to get a feel of what he or she prefers or dislikes without having to conform to the daily negative aspects of standard schooling like bullying and peer pressure.
  • Bonding – As a parent homeschooling your child, you have the opportunity to bond with them on an educational level. You spend a lot more time with them, you nurture their academic capacity firsthand, you are there for them every step of the way.

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  • No Homework – After having spent an average seven hours at school, students are usually burdened with an extra two hours of agonising home-assignments. With homeschooling, they’re already home.
  • Guided Socialisation – One of the main misconceptions about homeschooling is that the child will have little to no socialisation. This is not true. While homeschooled students are not afforded the regular social impact of standard schooling, they can still be socialised through other avenues, particularly extra-curricular activities in the arts and sports.

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“All men who have turned out worth anything, have had the chief hand in their own education” – Sir Walter Scott

The list goes on and on.

With all that being said, I want to reiterate that the decision to homeschool is not an arbitrary one. It is going to challenge all levels of responsibility and dependence. Should you decide to venture into the world of homeschooling, be sure and be firm in your decision.

Allow yourself and your child the time to organically adjust. Do not give up if the road becomes a little rocky. Show your child that you believe in him or her and the goals that you’ve set out to achieve.

I am here to lend support no matter what. Reach out to me at tutorowls.tt@gmail.com and I will help in any way that I can.

For the parents that are on the fence, we offer a FREE demo for you to test the waters before you make an informed decision.

And above all else, remember to always have fun!

The Do’s and Don’ts of Homeschooling

Right off the bat, homeschooling sounds like the easiest thing for students. Learning at your own pace from the comfort of your home? What’s not to love? While this is an enormous bonus, this model of education goes far deeper than that. For a general understanding of the basics, refer to my previous post. Furthermore, there are several critical guidelines parents should follow when homeschooling their children.

Through my three years of experience in this field, these are the ones that I’ve deemed most crucial.

DO’s

  1. DO assess and determine the student’s learning style. One of the main reasons parents look to homeschooling is because their child cannot conform to the rigidness of a classroom. Children learn at different rates and in different ways. Is the student a hands-on learner or is he or she more inclined to reading? SchoolFamily offers a quiz to aid you with this step. Take it here.
  2. DO implement a schedule and boundaries. While the student will be learning in a much more relaxed environment, it still imperative to instill a certain sense of structure. Ensure that a routine is followed so that the student is learning at specific times of the day and that there is clean, designated learning area. Homeschool Skedtrack provides online lesson plans and schedules for homeschoolers. Create your own here.
  3. DO extensive research when formatting a syllabus. There is an array of homeschooling tools available on the web. Take advantage of them. Establish the mandatory curriculum for your designated  state/country and adhere to it as much as possible.
  4. DO create a network with other homeschooling parents and students. Because these students are not naturally socialised to most school norms, parents need to actively make sure they are still having healthy interactions with other children. Sports, hobbies and support groups are a definite way to do this. Also, speaking to other parents who are going through the same experiences will offer great enlightenment. Find your nearest support group here.

DON’Ts

  1. DON’T forget to keep the student’s progress up-to-date. To be sure the student has fully grasped the subject matter, test his or her knowledge occasionally. Testing does not always have to be formal, it can be disguised as a game.
  2. DON’T try to deter the student from standard schooling. Parents that homeschool are usually quite passionate about it and sometimes speak poorly of the public school systems and this carries over to the student. The student needs to be open-minded and comfortable with both homeschooling and standard schooling. Resenting standard school will not make him or her a better learner.
  3. DON’T limit yourself to mainstream courses. One of the most obvious advantages of homeschooling is that you can formulate your own syllabus. Feel free to include unorthodox subjects. These can range from learning latin to herbalism depending on the age of the student.
  4. DON’T get lazy. The worst thing a parent can do when homeschooling is neglect the student’s routine, lesson plan and growth. Don’t let the fact that you’re teaching from home allow you to become complacent. Be avid about ensuring the student’s progress and that he or she is achieving their full potential.

There are countless more. Reach out to us on Facebook or via our website and we’d be happy to provide further clarity as well as guide you through the process.

VIDEO

Take a look at Logan LaPlante! He is a 13 year old undergoing the homeschooling system and keenly discusses the endless benefits and limitlessness that come with the territory.

Alternative Academia

 What is homeschooling? The Basics & An Introduction

In basic terms, homeschooling is ...FUN! Homeschooling is mostly self-explanatory so in fear of overstating the obvious and instead providing insight into exactly how homeschooling works, know this: Learning from the comfort of your home is often far more rewarding than competing in the rigidity of a classroom.

Welcome to my classroom, please make yourself at HOME.

My name is Kawaii and I have been tutoring since 2012, both on my own and at private schools. Tutor Owls, a tutoring initiative/cottage school that I founded in 2014, provides parents alternative options for children who have alternative needs. These alternative needs can range from learning disabilities to pure convenience. I personally recruit and train each tutor and our standard student to tutor ratio is no more than 5:1 with shorter hours and less condensed lesson plans. This greatly allows each child to get the individual attention they deserve!

Different  countries and states have varying guidelines and requirements for their homeschooling curriculum and they can usually be found online. Here in Trinidad and Tobago, homeschooling is legal as part of the Education Act and we abide by the curriculum put forward by The Ministry of Education. Parents are required to submit a letter of intent to the MOE. If the child is being removed from a current school, parents are also required to submit a letter to the school’s principal. For further guidance or for a draft of the letter, reach out to us at tutorowls.tt@gmail.com.

The demand for alternative academia is surprisingly high, while the supply is regrettably low. This, coupled with my passion for working with children are the two main reasons I decided to start up my own tutoring center and pursue this field. Nothing has ever topped the feeling I get when my student learns and understands a new lesson, it is indescribable. I am also the biggest geek at heart so finding and organising creative methods to tutor students who do not learn conventionally is my rewarding pleasure. 

It is honestly THE BEST of both worlds. At Tutor Owls, we want our students to WANT to learn so we pride ourselves on veering away from the pressurised routines of standard schooling and instead creating an easy-going environment where students are comfortable and open-minded. Sometimes, it can be difficult for some students to open up but we are dedicated to working tirelessly to help them achieve their goals. We formulate a specific syllabus to complement and maximize each student’s ability.

During the next few weeks, I will discuss the “do’s and dont’s” of homsechooling as well as the many benefits that come with it, so stay tuned for more!

To further drive my point home and in preparation for my upcoming posts, take a look at this video. At a TED convention, Sir Ken Robinson discusses the way in which standard schooling tends to downplay a child’s creativity. (Pay particular attention from 11:00 onward) Do you agree?

Any questions?

Class dismissed.