The number of parents who decide to become involved in home teaching is quickly increasing. Reasons that people are looking for to provide education at home are varied. For some, home teaching is in response to religious beliefs. For others, home teaching is a means to retain more control over what is being taught. For still other parents, home schooling is a response to their displeasure with the way schools are ran.
The decision to begin home teaching should not, however, be entered into lightly. First, education at home is a full time job. To be successfully accomplished, education at home needs to be ongoing and comprehensive. Secondly, home teaching can become frustrating to the parent who is a home education individual who is teaching his or her own child.
One concern that many have about home teaching is the potential lack of socialization. Many believe that proper social skills can't be properly fostered through an education at home because the student is not regularly interacting with his peers. This is a valid concern. For proper development and growth, all children must spend time with their peers and learn how to properly interact with them.
For children receiving education at home, however, social skills can still be developed. In most communities, parents who perform home teaching have banded together in support groups. These support groups set aside time every week for their children to get together and interact with each other.
It is important to note that social interaction amongst children who receive an education at home should go beyond playing together. Children must also learn how to work together as a team in problem solving situations. Therefore, parents engaging in home teaching should also plan opportunities for their children to work together in an academic situation.
With so many community clubs and sports organizations available in most towns and cities, finding opportunities for social interaction has become simpler for children receiving an education at home. Many programs exist that are not affiliated with the school at all. Therefore, all it takes to be a part of these organizations is the completion of paperwork and, perhaps, a fee.
Other organizations are affiliated with the school. Some of these may be more difficult to get your child involved with. But, most activities affiliated with schools do allow for children receiving an education at home to participate. Check with you principal to see if your child can become involved in after school sports, clubs, and other activities associated with the school. If the principal tells you this is not possible, get yourself put on the agenda for the next school board meeting and voice your concerns at this forum, you might be able to get the school to open up to allowing your child to participate in school-related activities.
The decision to perform home teaching can be a difficult one. But, if home teaching is performed correctly, it can result in a well-adjusted, well-educated child with a close and understanding relationship with his family.