Choosing to homeschool is a substantial lifestyle change not only for your children but also for you, the parent. It’s not surprising you’ve been thinking about homeschooling, because the last decade has seen an exponential increase in the numbers of Australian homeschoolers.
It can be easy to overlook the benefits of what makes homeschooling the right choice for you as the parent with the attention you need to give to paperwork, decision making, others’ opinions about your choice and more.
While you want the experience to be most beneficial for your child, some benefits also make it the right choice for you as a parent. With over 21,437 students home-educated in Australia in 2019, you know it must be the right fit for many families.
In this article, we look at the benefits of this type of education, or as we call it, future learning, for families, but most specifically for parents.
What Is Homeschooling?
In its simplicity, homeschooling means your children undertake their education at home and within their community. That’s not to say they stay home all the time, or it will look like classroom schooling.
You have the flexibility to undertake it in many different ways, which can include taking the opportunity to travel, explore outdoors, attend community experiences and more.
5 Benefits of Homeschooling
1. Negative Socialisation
Real-life exposes children to all types of situations they need to navigate to become resilient and strong individuals. Formal education often sees children exposed to early sexualisation, bullying and appearance-orientated culture.
Parents have no input into the exposure to the negative aspects of socialisation in schools. The benefit of homeschooling for parents is they get to shield their children from this as much as possible.
While many parents recognise the benefit of having more insight into what their kids are exposed to at all ages, they are realistic and know that real-life still happens when schooling from home and in the community. Minimising the exposure, however, is the benefit gained from this.
2. Individualised Approach
A lot of parents benefit from the peace of mind when choosing to teach their child from home as it allows them to focus on their unique needs. This may include working closely with your child, so they can acquire skills they find difficult or digging deeper into an area of interest.
The individualised approach means that learning isn’t governed by a schedule required to meet school classroom requirements or limited in time by a timetable that needs to be adhered to.
Suppose your child is interested in how machines work. In that case, you can apply this subject to all subject areas – the history of machinery, the science behind them, machines across geography and more. It enables you to engage your child in learning that interests them.
You have more of a voice in your child’s learning in such instances. There is peace of mind knowing that your child is better able to learn with your support, encouragement and one-on-one attention.
3. Better Support Special Needs
Many schools don’t have the support to manage the needs of children who live with challenges, especially when their classrooms are at full capacity. Kids that live with challenges thrive on individualised attention, especially in a familiar and comfortable environment.
Parents of children living with challenges benefit from handling their education by having the peace of mind that both their academic and additional needs are being met. Delivering education in a way that best helps your child flourish, regardless of their needs, is a better experience for the whole family.
The flexible nature of homeschooling is a definite plus for parents who choose this form of education for their children. Creating your schedule, whether on a daily, weekly or yearly basis and not being dictated by terms, enables education to occur wherever you may be across the globe.
Whether you take a world trip or hitch a van across Australia, you can choose to educate while you’re travelling or resume homeschooling once you return. Alternatively, you can change your day-to-day schedule for children with health issues while still meeting curriculum requirements.
Parents know when their children are at their best during the day and can accommodate this. Choosing the time of day your child learns best and using that time for studies is better for the whole family.
5. Suits Your Lifestyle Choices
Whether you think formal schooling starts too young, have firm faith principles or believe you are your child’s best teacher, lifestyle is one of the reasons many parents benefit from homeschooling.
Some families choose not to compromise their lifestyle choices for education, so they select homeschooling to create an environment where they don’t need to compromise their beliefs, values and morals.
Homeschooling for other parents is their lifestyle, and their choice to educate holistically from home cannot be imagined in any other possible way. While to some, it may seem like a brave step to take, for others, it’s simply the way.
Support Your Child’s Education with Euka
Parents have many reasons for choosing to homeschool their family, and some of those reasons benefit them, not just their children. While parents want what is best for their children, they also consider what they will also benefit from is just as integral to this education choice working.
If you decide on a holistic approach to learning, you don’t have to do it completely alone. Euka can work to provide a homeschooling program that allows you to reap the benefits and give your children the learning experience that best suits your family.
We offer a selection of tools and materials that allows for flexible learning, exploration and an individualised style of education. Our program meets the Australian Curriculum requirements that you can deliver in creative and innovative ways.