In a succinct manner, homeschooling is beneficial to your children.
It was John Dewey who said: “Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. With that, we decided to homeschool our children several years ago. We believed that our children could do better with experiential learning than following a systemized education system. At that time, we felt that our children wouldn’t get the “best of everything.” And by “best of everything” we meant, that their learning isn’t jeopardized when there are no classes due to government mandated holidays and calamities demonstrated by conventional schools.
Surprisingly enough, the results were amazing.
What is Homeschooling?
There are a lot of definitions for homeschooling. The majority defines it as a program for individuals who don’t have ample time to enroll in a school, like celebrities or people with health problems. While others define it as a more affordable learning program. Generally, homeschooling is a progressive teaching movement in which parents educate their children at home with the corresponding curriculum either by an institution or independently.
You may want to read this article of one of our contributors about homeschooling: What Homeschooling Has Taught Me About Life, Plus Statements from Other Homeschoolers
Alternatively, if you are thinking of homeschooling your child/children, you are on the right path. Allow me to share with you these 3 nifty benefits why you should consider homeschooling.
3. Opportunity to Demonstrate that education is fun and not boring. The world is our classroom, so to speak. Learning shouldn’t be boring at all. It has to be a fun-filled journey. And that’s why homeschooling is better because you get to demonstrate that education is fun through life experiences.
You also have the opportunity to teach them skills beforehand, like Calligraphy.
Moreover, you can come up with exciting activities on a weekly basis! Before, we had this “alternative classroom experience” every Monday. So, we went places like the supermarket, mechanic, gas station, sometimes the bakeshop.
2. You have the freedom to choose what to teach your children. With homeschooling, you have access to everything. As mentioned, it’s more of an experiential learning. So, you can freely learn the Filipino culture through traveling. Because of its flexibility with schedule, you have the freedom to choose what’s good to learn and beneficial for your children.
1. Develop a special bond between you and your children. Ultimately, you develop this special bond between you and your children. For me, this is the most important part of parenthood. You will appreciate the gift of a family more because other distractions are not in play. You will be more open about our feelings because you get to hang out with your children more often. You will have the chance to understand their struggles and know when to give them a pat on the back.
How Do I Start?
There are support groups and homeschooling conventions for you. Amazingly, aside from your family and friends, you may want to attend the Philippine Homeschool Conference on October 22, 2016, at SMX Aura Premiere in Taguig City.
HAPI is an organization composed of homeschooling families, as well as various accredited schools who offer home school programs. For more details about the event’s program and speakers’ profiles, visit the PHC 2016 website here.
Having our own tribe and support system helped us get through those difficult times. Let’s face it, homeschooling, among others, is something our society doesn’t know fully yet.
We need more advocates about this so parents who are looking to homeschool their children have someone to lean on. Remember, the world is our classroom.
Tell us, if you were given a chance, would you homeschool your child/ren?