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Advantages and Disadvantages of Homeschooling For Children

Nowadays, more and more parents prefer to educate their children at home. Educating a child at home requires a great deal of planning and commitment. If you are thinking of homeschooling your toddler, you have to study the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling for children before taking the plunge. To help you decide, here are some pros and cons of homeschooling.

Advantages of Homeschooling For Children

One-on-one Attention

One of the biggest advantages of homeschooling for children is the teacher’s ability to give one-on-one attention to the toddler. Because the teacher (you) is only dealing with one student, you are able to teach your toddler with a lot of patience and use a particular method to specifically teach the child (personalized teaching) to suit your toddler’s pace, understanding and needs. This will help you know exactly what your toddler is learning at school and how well your toddler is progressing.

Increases Quality Time

A homeschooled child gets to spend plenty of quality time with his parents. The child no longer has to follow a schedule so the parents can spend as much time with their toddler whenever they want to. The amount of time spent together helps both the parent and toddler build a stronger parent and child bond or relationship with each other.

Flexible Time

You can plan vacations whenever you wish. You do not have to wait till summer or winter breaks. You can also organize a fieldtrip for your toddler whenever you want to. Your toddler no longer has to wake up early in the morning to prepare for school which is a very common problem for children who go to regular schools. In addition, classes can begin later in the day when your child is well rested and ready to learn. Also, school days are shorter. Oftentimes, it only takes a few hours to finish a week’s lesson giving your toddler enough time to complete a number of activities, eliminating homework.

Boosts A Toddler’s Personality

A homeschooled child does not have to deal with peer pressure or bullies. He is not under any kind of stress and is more regular at partaking in community activities. If problems arise, you are automatically there for your toddler to guide and support him. All these things help a child grow into a happy and confident individual.

Disadvantages of Homeschooling For Children

Reduces Social Interaction

Interaction is very important especially for a growing toddler. A homeschooled toddler might have limited opportunities to socialize with other children from different backgrounds which can be a big problem in the future.

Risk of Becoming Dependent

Another disadvantage of homeschooling for children is that it does not allow them to face challenges, they depend on their parents to resolve a problem. For example, a toddler who goes to school is able to handle rejection better in case he is not able to make it to the soccer team while a toddler who is homeschooled might be easily in distraught if he faces a problem because he does not know how to cope with difficult situations.

Time Consuming

One disadvantage of homeschooling for children is that it is time consuming especially if the parent has to work. You are in charge of planning your toddler’s lessons, educational trips, daily activities and so on. There is a tendency for the parent to have a hard time focusing on the toddler’s education since the parent has to balance a career.

Costly

Resources for homeschooling can be costly. Parents can spend more money on their child’s education than they are accustomed to. Most often, you have to borrow materials from other children who are homeschooled or rely on the internet for free homeschooling resources.

As you can see, there are various advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling for children. Consider the needs of your toddler first before making the important decision to homeschool your child.

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