As a Mom with a homeschool son at Oxford University I can give a unique insight into the pros and cons of homeschooling especially as I'm in the rare position of having been taught at home myself!
Homeschool isn't for everyone and I've tried to give you a full picture here of both the advantages as well as the problems you'll come up against.
After all, before you start it's nice to know what lies ahead!
One thing that's definitely true is that there are lots of myths around homeschooling.
And you're bound to be full of doubts and fears because teaching your child at home is probably the scariest thing you'll ever do!
Let's begin by giving you a glimpse of what homeschooling really looks like.
So I thought I would welcome you to my homeschool.
At least I can make you feel better if your house is a bit messy like mine!
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Before you weigh up the pros and cons of homeschooling, it's good to know that every family is different and has their unique way of doing things. Have a look here to see what others say.
I'm starting with the cons of homeschooling - which seems a bit strange since I love homeschooling!
If you want to know more about why my Mom and Dad became homeschooling pioneers and get some living proof that teaching your child at home works, have a look at my free start homeschooling guide.
You'll find that the majority of the disadvantages people talk about have answers - and are easily outweighed by the pros.
What are the worst cons? It has to be: THE RELATIVES. Closely followed by friends and neighbors.
Looking at the pros and cons of homeschooling means considering the
potential disadvantages too! One of the biggest is the feeling of responsibility...
Get reassurance from over 1,000 homeschool families who have 'been there' and 'done that' so you can see that everything really is going to work out fine in the end.
The pros and cons can balance out on the wrong side. The biggest reason to decide home school isn't for you is one that any stay-at-home Mom or Dad knows – the effect on you as a person.
Are you risking your child's future?
Just to let you into a secret: teaching at home isn't magic! I wouldn't start if you expect your child to excel in everything.
The pros and cons of homeschooling are often over-balanced by a daily battle with niggling fears and doubts, especially when it feels like the whole world is watching you!
Those anxieties can really get you down. I have written this help page to help you see that you CAN do this; what's wrong is often nothing to do with how you are teaching your child. It's about giving yourself the praise and encouragement you deserve.
I'm going to start the pros section with a page to answer the what is unschooling question because this often seems to be a puzzle to people new to homeschooling.
Find out the facts about school bullying and hear from parents whose children have suffered why they think homeschooling is so much better.
The Benefits: Why Home School?
What are the pros and cons of homeschooling? Teaching our children ourselves was definitely the best decision we've ever made.
More Homeschooling Benefits: A Close Family
Hands-up! We love teaching the children because it works for all of us. It brings the whole family closer together because you're not being torn apart by conflicting pressures. One of the pros of home schooling must be that you can make the most of the time you have together.
The reason you have no need to fear the biggest bugbear of them all.
Benefits to Homeschooling The negative effects of peer pressure have been well documented – and the results can be devastating. This is your child and their childhood; you don't get another chance at either.
When you look at the pros and cons of homeschooling, you're bound to face the socialization question.
Look here to see a celebration of how home school can give your child a much more natural and positive way of making friends.Why I Love Teaching My Kids At Home
So you want to know the advantages of homeschooling? It has to be the freedom you have to let your children learn by following their own interests.
With up to 30 children in a class, it's impossible for school to do what you can do yourself.
The Academic Advantage of homeschooling is another pro. Even if academic success is not the main reason for your choice, it's nice to know that research proves just how effective home school is when it comes to results.
And if you'd like some help, here are my top picks of the best homeschool books:
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