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Homeschooling Is Your Right As A Parent



The choice to homeschool is every parent’s right. Homeschooling is becoming more popular every day. According to www.familyeducation.com, the growth rate of homeschooled kids is 7 to 15 percent per year. Statistics show that there are about two million children currently learning at home. Some benefits of homeschooling are educational freedom, physical freedom, emotional freedom, religious freedom and closer family relationships.



The downside is that homeschooling is not for every family. Not every parent-child relationship is the kind that would work well for teaching and some parents are simply unable to teach. Also, not every adult is comfortable spending all their time with their children. When considering homeschooling, parents need to ask themselves some difficult questions about their own abilities and their interactions with their child. Below is a list of some of the pros and cons of this kind of education.

Pros of Homeschooling:

  • Limited outside influences such as peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence. Unfortunately, these things have become a part of everyday life for public school students. Homeschooling is one way to limit your childs exposure to these negative influences.

  • Homeschooling allows for more flexible hours for the parent and the student. Work your learning/studying time around your family’s schedule.

  • No homework. Homeschooled students learn effectively and efficiently. No more two-hour homework sessions!

  • Accelerated learning. Children who learn at home often complete the equivalent of a week's worth of traditional schooling in a few hours and they are sometimes are able to finish four years of high school curriculum in less than two years.

  • Higher Test Scores. Homeschooled students consistently out perform their peers on standardized tests.

  • Personal goal achievement. A homeschooled child can set his/her own goals, both academically and athletically, and pursue them at their own pace.


Cons of Homeschooling:
  • Additional responsibility. Parent will have a much greater role in their child's academic life. The parent becomes responsible for lesson planning, scheduling and actual instruction of their child’s education.

  • Additional expenses. If you purchase a curriculum package or join an Independent Study Program, costs can run anywhere from $400 to $1,000. Parents of younger homeschooled children often have to purchase a lot of the same classroom resources that are available in a public school.

  • Time & Research. To homeschool successfully, parents will have to dedicate a lot of time to reading and researching in order to know exactly what homeschooling involves.


For more information on homeschooling in Florida checkout the following websites:

www.educationbug.org

http://www.floridaschoolchoice.org/information/home_education/

http://www.homeschoolinginflorida.com/

http://www.fpea.com/