It is not easy to decide whether or not a home study program is right for your child. There are many considerations that you will have to weigh in order arrive at a logical choice. This decision is a consideration of many factors like the necessity of the program to the well-being of your child; the level of competence that your child have; the teacher's skills and credentials; and the willingness of both parent/s and child to share the experience of homeschooling.
Each decision has two sides that will have to be carefully deliberated. There will always be gains and losses - the secret lies with how much do the gains outweigh the losses?
One should always bear in mind that no matter how good a lesson plan is, it can never take the place of social interaction and emotional training that typical schools normally offer. If this is remembered, a good planner can actually make a home study program successful by trying to introduce innovations that are designed to compensate the training gaps of home schooling.
One major factor that can greatly affect your home school decision is the child itself. It is very important that the would-be student is willing to take the home study challenge. A child that resents the very idea of home schooling is a disaster recipe that is about to be cooked.
The child should be determined to learn his lessons even if the homeschooling program has its limitations. He must have the emotional maturity to understand the reason of the new study program and why was he pulled out from his former school.
These limitations can be resolved by the introduction of varied activities that will stir his interests; it will also make up for the drawbacks of being homeschooled. These activities may include sports, arts, music, and other outdoor activities.
The success of the home study program doesn't rely alone on the student but the educators were also asked to play their vital part. If the teacher is also one of the parents, he will have to sacrifice a great deal about his social life in order to provide the best education for his children.
It is also important to assess if the educators are capable to teach the required curriculum. It will be such a waste if it will be discovered later on that the kids have not learned enough from the program. Attendance is also a must. It is advisable for the parent or teacher to set a regular schedule for the class and a different time for doing other things. This will set the kid's minds about consistency and regularity of the set-up.
Aside from these mentioned advices, a successful home study program greatly relies on the commitment of parent/s and the children. Focus is undoubtedly needed in order to finish whatever both have already started, even if distractions will come to your way.
Lastly, it is important to always seek what else can be done better when you're homeschooling. Above everything else, homeschooling is being proposed if there is something you could do better for the child. Always make sure that the kid is really getting the best education as it should be.