Homeschooling is the most exciting movement in education today. It's mostly spread in the USA but the past few years have seen homeschooling become more and more welcomed worldwide. Homeschooling is not exactly new; up until 1850 most children in America were educated at home.
Homeschooling means just what it says. It's a way to get a school education at home having a parent, relative or a home school instructor as a teacher. Successful homeschooling occurs when home schooled students are provided with the appropriate lessons and a good environment for learning, and it is maintained by a parent committed to inspiring the best in a child. The decision to homeschool is personal, usually difficult but none the less an exciting one. Families choose to homeschool for many different reasons: special children, increasing class sizes, peer-pressure, moral issues with the curriculum, learning difficulties that are not properly addressed and so on. Whatever the reason might homeschooling is a good way to learn in all the freedom and flexibility needed and on top of that it provides the education that is no worse that that of a public school.
Home schooled students benefit from a personal approach, learning on their own speed, having their own curriculum, excelling in their best subjects and getting one-on-one attention in the weaker areas. Plus learning can be so much fun when it is not about rote memorization of seemingly meaningless facts, but an exploration begun out of curiosity or interest. Home schooled students are more likely to retain their innocence and joy of life as well as a good moral foundation, to be stressed much less and to exceed academically.
Before starting home school you might want to work with your parents or home-school instructor to ensure that you are indeed taking the required number of core courses in the appropriate subject matters. Some experienced homeschoolers, choose to assemble their own curriculum. These lessons are tailored to their children and the home teacher benefits from the strength of teaching to the child's interest. Other homeschooling families select a packaged curriculum to lessen preparation time and maximize teaching time, and to assure no gaps in instruction. Before choosing anything, identifying your child's learning style, especially for new home schooled students, is helpful. There are tones of recourses to help educate the home schooled students. They include web-based, video taped and print-based materials that can be sent or shipped to you. It is the founding principle of homeschooling to consistently provide home schooling resources to make sure you are staying on track and being on top of the core courses.
Establishing an environment for learning early in the homeschooling process is a crucial way to support your educational efforts. Creating a good educational environment is especially important for new home schooled students, and for students who need additional help in focusing on the lessons at hand. The dedication of a space to the classroom reinforces the importance placed on the education. So creating a classroom is advisory.
No matter what method of homeschooling you'll decide to go after, home school can become a huge personal benefit for you and your family in the long run.