Home schooling is continuing to grow in popularity. There was a time when this style of learning was considered to be unusual or the odd man out, but no longer. Parents are considering whether it is safe to send their children to public schools and whether their children are getting the proper education they need in the overcrowded classrooms across the country. This has caused many parents to take the task into their own hands. Another reason that home schooling is growing in popularity is that many people are turning self employment and working from home as their main income source. This allows them the ability to negotiate a home schooling schedule.
Many believe there are some drawbacks to home schooling children. There is concern that home schooled children are not socialized enough and do not get to experience the same team work building activities that children in the public schools do. It is suggested that these children do not get the same exposure to confidence building activities as those in public school systems. Parents who home school try to offset these missing activities by participating in outside activities such as dance classes, sports and other such activities. In addition, home schooled children and parents find support in home school clubs. These clubs offer meetings and group activities for parents and the children who are home schooled giving them time to socialize.
Some of the benefits of home schooling are fairly obvious. Parents have a direct hand in their children’s education and how it is accomplished. They have a say in how their study time is spent and what influences the children are exposed to and when. This allows parents to both keep track of how well or poorly their children are taking to the material being studied instead of hearing it second hand from a teacher. Additionally, there is a one on one aspect that can not be achieved in a classroom with a 20 or more to 1 ratio.