Home Study Offers Many Pros and Cons

When making the decision to homeschool a high school student, your list of pros and cons can both be long. Each situation is unique, and all teenagers may find some benefit in home study. When debating home study, there are many issues to consider. The most ultimately important of them are discussed in the following article.

Many parents have chosen to teach their children at home in recent years.  Teenagers who home study take their courses within their home, most likely with a parent acting as teacher and guidance counselor. Students are taught using materials and lesson plans parents receive from their local school or another organization of the kind.

There are many advantages for choosing home study, such as more time with family, focus on a specific subject, time to pursue teaching in a trade or employment, or religious reasons. Unfortunately, some teenagers are forced into home schooling due to illness or other trouble in the family. Making the decision for high school homeschooling, however, is most often related to the best academic interests of the child.

High school students may make the decision for home study in order to concentrate on a preferred subject, accelerate learning beyond the resources available at their school, or if the teenager needs extra assistance with their learning. Since parents can focus completely on the teen, learning can be adapted and implemented around his or hers unique needs. Extra time can be spent in lessons that are more difficult, whereas easier subjects can be taught at an accelerated pace. The flexibility of a class of only one student keeps the teen from getting lost in the crowd.

Additionally, home schooling gives students the chance to concentrate on subjects that they may wish to pursue at a higher university or the opportunity to pursue an apprenticeship or employment. Having the ability to study in the evening or weekends means the teen can work during the day. For those teens that are involved in athletics or the arts, home schooling may be the only opportunity to receive high school education.

Religion is another contributing factor for high school homeschooling, as children are free to practice their religion at home. Prayers and dietary constraints can be followed and maintained at home without any concern. Classes and studies can also be scheduled around holidays without any conflict.

Home schooling can be an attractive situation for students, not just the parents. For instance, home schoolers rarely complain about having to get up early to catch a bus. Time normally spent getting to and from school can be spent in lessons or helping out around the house. Lunch can be spent with parents and siblings and studies can be done outside in the family's backyard or a local park. Through home study, parents offer their kids much more freedom to make choices regarding their schedule.

Home study offers many options for teenagers, but it can have its drawbacks. The lack of sociability with other teens, not being able to discuss subjects within a group setting so as to be introduced to other opinions, and not being evaluated with peers can make the transition from high school to college difficult. The decision to go ahead with high school home schooling must be made with careful consideration.  What is best for the child, both academically and socially, must hold heavy weight in the home study decision-making process.

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