Lately, post-COVID to be exact, there have been several debates and seminars I have been part of on the topic of Homeschooling vs. Traditional Schooling. So, I thought I will touch this issue in my blog.
On a personal note I am more inclined towards home schooling now, though I have not totally shunned the idea of children going to school. There are many aspects of Homeschooling which have scored points over traditional schooling. I have done my research and so thought this could benefit those who may be considering this option.
There have been many homeschooling programs or curriculum I have come across, but most of them are International programs like Charlotte Mason homeschool , Rosetta Stone homeschool , Waldorf homeschool etc.
First let us look at some of homeschooling pros and cons:
Advantages of homeschooling:
- You save on rising school fees every year, it is budget-friendly
- Gives your child greater flexibility to learn any topic in depth and at their own pace
- Your direct interaction and involvement will benefit your child immensely and you build a strong bond.
- On the fun side, you don’t have to wait for school holidays to travel and explore places. You can do it anytime!!!
- You are not limited to buying one curriculum-only books but can mix them with other curriculum study material and resources
- You can enroll your child into extra-curricular activities without tiring your child, unlike in traditional schooling where the child is burdened with school work and extra-curricular activities.
- No peer pressure or bullying
- Your child will have more time to build real-life skills like gardening, cooking etc.
- Your child will be able to concentrate and give time to understand challenging topics and learn through much easier topics and can be ahead of other kids of the same age
- Your child is not burdened with lots of homework, instead they can enjoy activity-based work on topics
- Less or no distraction from other students who are not usually interested in studying
- Your child will learn many soft skills like self-motivation, self-reliance etc.
- Overall, research has found that kids who are homeschooled do better academically than their peers who attend school.
Disadvantages of homeschooling:
- Your child may lose out on school friends, but when you involve your child into other activities or make them part of study groups, they will enjoy the interaction with children in the same age group.
- They may lose out on cultural programs and competitions organised in schools. However, if you child learns a new skill like learn French or learn to play a piano, they will be part of and have a greater exposure to other open competitions.
- At least one parent has to dedicate their time and effort towards the child’s education. More responsibility on the part of the parents.
- Your child may be shy, but if you make sure they interact well with other children in the neighborhood, they may be much bolder. Social interaction is key in making sure kids are not loners.
- Since one parent is at home with the child, it could mean less family income.
- You have to make sure a daily time table is followed by your child and also go through the various administrative rules to register your student as an independent student. NIOS solves this problem, since registering your child as an independent student is easy.
- You may be overwhelmed by homeschooling at times and may crave for time for yourself. You may want to join other homeschooling parent groups etc.
I was looking something closer to home, that allows me to teach and test my children within the CBSE curriculum while kids are doing online homeschool from home. I found Gyankatta to be a helpful resource that goes well with homeschooling. At Gyankatta, with a nominal fee of Rs.250 a month, your kids can attempt quizzes in all the major subjects, Maths, Science and Social Studies from Class 3 to Class 12.
Gynakatta is also going to equip parents to become curriculum teachers. I am really excited about this webinar and will be attending it as a parent, I strongly recommend like-minded parents to attend the same.
For those interested please do register for this webinar: Home school your Child, Don’t panic you can teach
Tuesday 29/07/2020 in Marathi
Wednesday 30/07/2020 in English/Hindi
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Registration: Free (Connect on WhatsApp for Invitation and Link)
Facilitator: Mr. Rahul Mitra
You can connect with Mr. Rahul Mitra on LinkedIn for more details.
It is need of the time that we as parents are more involved with teaching our children, especially since we do not want them to miss out on concepts that will help them in their next class, especially during this pandemic.
Homeschooling is a big responsibility and requires a lot of effort from your end, but at the end of the day, your child will be rewarded with lots of knowledge and skills that he or she may not acquire in traditional schooling. Ultimately it is your choice. Weigh the pros and cons carefully and see what suits best to you.
Whether you opt for homeschooling in the future or not, it is still good to equip yourself with the skills of a teacher. It is time parents wake up and take the baton in your own hand. You as a parent can be a curriculum teacher too!!!