Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world.

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In most countries, education is compulsory but getting it through formal schooling is not. Today, more and more families in South Africa are choosing at home learning for their children.

In this article we will look at the homeschooling pros and cons. What are the advantages of homeschooling?

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Improve the Bond with Your Children

Most children spend in excess of 30 hours a week at school, which is not far off the time an adult spends in a full time job. This doesn’t leave that much time during the week for working parents to bond with their children.

Besides managing their children’s at home learning or homework schedule, parents also have the pressure of cooking and other chores. This doesn’t leave much family time, leaving only the weekends for quality time together.

When parent child relationships seem like they are based on chores alone, it can be difficult to maintain strong bonds and memorable moments, especially during the teenage years.

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Can homeschooling improve the relationship with your children?
Homeschooling is an opportunity to forge even stronger bonds with your children. (Source: neildodhia)

Teaching and Learning at the Right Pace

When considering homeschooling pros and cons, it is important to acknowledge the advantage of children being taught at a pace that is right for them. When there is no pressure for them to focus at the same rate as the rest of the class, it can help them to fully focus on their learning.

In this way, because they are not being forced to keep up with faster children or being held back by slower ones, they also learn how to manage their own time.

Homeschoolers can interact more regularly with a teacher about their unique concerns, but can also choose to spend more time on the things that they are passionate about. When the focus is shifted towards the subject that they prefer, it makes at home learning as effective as having a private tutor.

There are homeschooling pros and cons for children who are gifted and for those who struggle with school.

A homeschool curriculum means that children can enjoy a tailored plan that is suited to them, as opposed to a following national curriculum that caters for the average student.

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What are the benefits of homeschooling?
Every child needs to be taught at the right pace and homeschooling allows you to tailor each lesson to the child being taught. (Source: RemazteredStudio)

Learning in Different Ways

Many parents are opting to homeschool their children because of dissatisfaction with the formal schooling systems on offer. Large classes where the abilities of students are so varied is not the most effective way to teach.

After weighing up the pros and cons of homeschooling, many parents have good reasons for choosing to teach their children themselves.

Bear in mind that the education system aims to offer as many children in South Africa as possible, an education. However, children are unique and the standard system may not suit them.

When it comes to homeschooling pros and cons, one of the most important advantages is that children get to learn in different, and more effective ways. For instance, things like trips to museums, cinemas, the theatre and the library are all cultural experiences that can also be an extremely effective way to learn.

What are the different ways to teach children?
Homeschooling allows you to teach your children in ways that aren't possible in schools. (Source: Pezibear)

There are very few homeschooling disadvantages, as long as a child is receiving a full-time education, they can be taught in ways that are as out the box as they are enriching.

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Respecting a Child’s Biological Routine

Another massive advantage to consider when looking at the pros and cons of homeschooling is being able to adapt to a child’s biological rhythm. Learning at times of the day that suit them, whether they are night owlers or early birds, can help children enormously.

At home learning lends itself well to having traditional classes in the morning, while afternoons are dedicated to games, activities and cultural experiences. These can be even more effective when the child is given a break or a nap during the middle of the day.

All of this means not waking them up at the crack of dawn, or rushing to get them ready for school. Parents also save time and logistics by avoiding traffic and public transport.

In short, there are not many homeschooling disadvantages!

The Freedom of Homeschooling

It’s impossible to write a story about the pros and cons of homeschooling without mentioning the advantage of freedom that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Families can holiday whenever they want to, move house, or change jobs when they want to. They are unrestricted by the term calendars of formal schooling.

There’s also the advantage of taking holidays during term time without worrying about missed schooling. Remember that travelling outside of school holiday is more enjoyable and more affordable which means that new destinations can be enjoyed for longer times.

When weighing up homeschooling pros and cons, remember that education can continue while on holiday or from just about anywhere.

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Avoiding the Pressure of Regular Tests

Parents who manage a homeschool curriculum on behalf of their children need not put children through the rigorous testing that is synonymous with mainstream schooling. For many children, this system of testing feels like a constant evaluation against peers or feeling punished or shamed for poor performances.

Of course testing children at home is still a useful evaluation tool especially as they do need to be assessed. This need not take on the form of tests, exams and comparisons.

Homeschooling Disadvantages

Of course, there are cons of homeschooling – it not only an educational utopia.

In weighing up homeschooling pros and cons, parents should consider the following disadvantages too:

  • Teaching is difficult and one needs to learn how to do it effectively. Fortunately, there is always the help of tutors to support both parents and children.
  • Children are at risk of missing out on social interactions with other children. Parents will need to ensure that social and other extra-curricular activities are part of a homeschool curriculum.
  • The cost is greater. Parents who elect to take on a teaching role for at home learning will not be able to work which means foregoing at least one income. Of course, the cost of a full-time private tutor will be more than a government education in South Africa.
  • A child’s social life might not be as fun. At home learning means not rubbing shoulders daily with a room full of classmates.

These are the pros and cons of homeschooling, what do you think?

What are the disadvantages of homeschooling?
One of the biggest disadvantages of homeschooling is that the parents assume full financial responsibility for their children's education. (Source: PublicDomainPictures)

Homeschooling means that a child receives a full-time education, but this does not necessarily mean that it has to be provided by parents. There are hundreds of private tutors who are experts at guiding children through a homeschool curriculum.

Depending on the child’s grade, parents can opt for one tutor or several tutors in curating at home learning.

One way to search for private tutors for homeschooling is to find them on Superprof.

Superprof is a professional tutoring platform that boasts thousands of talented and experienced private tutors who are skilled in a wide variety of academic subjects, sports, extracurricular activities and arts and crafts.

Even parents who are planning on taking on all the teaching themselves can benefit from the help of a tutor. Using the services of a tutor to plan lessons and the curriculum can be very helpful.

A face-to-face tutor can travel to the student's home for one-on-one teaching. Lessons can be adapted to the student according to what they need to learn and what is further enriching. Furthermore, this can be done in a way that is best suited to the child and their unique way for absorbing and retaining information.

Tutors are also the experts of knowing how to make every minute of every session count as effectively as possible. Of course, this tailored service comes at a price with face-to-face tutors usually charging more than online and group tutorials.

Superprof has a handy location tool that presents users with a list of tutors who are geographically close to them. If for some reason, there are none in an area, or if budgets are tight, there is always the option to learn online with tutors from anywhere in South Africa, and even multiple locations around the world. All one would need is a robust internet connection and a computer. This is also especially helpful when it comes to foreign languages or if your child is homeschooling through the UK’s Cambridge system.

Finally, for those on tight budgets, group tutorials are a brilliant way to share the costs of a tutor’s time.

Superprof’s policy to encourage tutors to give their first lesson for free is also a good way to find the person who is best suited to both the child and family.

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