Some parents choose to follow a traditional program where they purchase a curriculum. These programs tend to follow the structure of a traditional school—learning in units, quizzes and tests to mark progress, even field trips. The learning just takes place in the home.
Parents can also choose to follow a concept called "unschooling," where they allow children to learn based on their own interests. Home School Academy explains this approach:
Many parents desire for their child to enjoy learning and believe that the more personal the learning is, the more their child will retain the knowledge and desire to learn in the future.
No matter which method a family chooses, homeschooling allows for flexibility and creativity when it comes to learning styles.
But homeschooling isn't for everyone. ThoughtCo. warns that if you haven't taken every single factor into consideration, it's best to wait before homeschooling your child.
According to Kathy Danvers, homeschooling takes great personal conviction and sacrifice. If you aren't ready to dive 100 percent into your child's education, you'll only be hurting them in the long-run:
If your current idea of home educating is choosing curriculum that your children can do by themselves while you monitor their progress from a distance, you may want to consider not homeschooling.
Some teachers warn that homeschooling stunts emotional growth in students. Even if parents are taking kids on field trips, to social events, or to volunteer, nothing can make up for the interaction typically found in a classroom.
Socialization requires that children consistently work with people they're not used to working with. It's about discussing things with people who have a different opinion and challenging preconceived notions. It's about having to do a group project with people who don't necessarily work the same way as you do, to collaborate on ideas and grow as a thinker.
According to Niedospial, this type of interaction needs to happen day in and day out. Kids who are homeschooled grow up at a huge disadvantage.
On the flip side, homeschooled kids don't have to deal with in-school bullying or toxic school environments. Business Insider's Chris Weller goes so far as to call homeschooling a "harmonious" learning environment.
Plus, by offering a personalized approach to learning, homeschooling enables kids to go deeper into the subjects they enjoy, laying the groundwork for passions as they get older.
These experiences have the effect of maturing kids much more quickly and cultivating "a trait of open-mindedness," as Harvard junior and former homeschooler Claire Dickson told Business Insider.
Homeschooled kids tend to perform better on standardized tests too. With all this in mind, it's hard to deny that homeschooling your kids might be better for them in the long-run.