For the past years, homeschooling has become a trend among many households around the world, but there are still many people who don’t have much faith in the concept of teaching at home. If you are one of them, here are five things you need to erase in your mind when it comes to homeschooling in Singapore.
Homeschooling doesn’t develop a child’s social skills
This is the biggest concern among parents when it comes to homeschooling. Most people think that homeschooled kids are stuck in the house all day with no social life and friends but the truth is they’re not. Homeschooling families take advantage of various social activities such as visiting museums and cultural events to enable their kids to interact with other children in the community. Also, there are homeschooling groups that regularly arrange social activities to make sure that a child’s social skills are not left behind.
Parents are not qualified to teach
Just because you don’t have a Master’s degree or not a licensed teacher, you can’t teach. Fine, homeschooling parents don’t have the same level of education. Still, at the end of the day, it all boils down to how resourceful you are in looking for educational materials, your ability to introduce concepts outside the traditional school setting and patience to teach. Plus, you are your child’s first teacher so you are more than qualified.
Homeschooling is expensive.
Homeschooling can be expensive – decades ago. The good news is you are living in a world where everything is available on World Wide Web. You can find free homeschooling resources just in case you can’t afford the traditional curriculum, which is still cheaper than ordinary schools. Just type in homeschooling resources in Google’s search bar and you will find thousands of materials you can use to teach your child.
There must be a curriculum
If you plan to home school your child, there should be a curriculum to follow, right? After all, it’s still school. The difference lies in the environment. The good thing about homeschooling is that you could teach whatever you want as long as your child learns and is able to grasp the concept. Not all kids learn the same way. The beauty of homeschooling is that it allows you to adapt to your child’s needs and pace by using various modes of teaching that appeal to his interest.
Homeschooling does not prepare the kids for the real world
There are certain activities in a traditional school setting that a homeschooled child may not experience. Still, this does not mean your child won’t be ready for the real world. Keep in mind that homeschooling also focuses on various activities and events outside the home to expose children to the real world. In fact, they are often exposed to different learning opportunities compared to those who study in traditional schools.
The truth is homeschooling is not for everyone. However, it won’t hurt if you also consider this mode of teaching. Who knows, it might work for you and your child.