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Home Schooling

Many parents have decided that teaching their children themselves is a better way of educating them during their elementary, middle, and high school years. They teach their children at home instead of sending them to traditional learning institutions such as public schools, private schools, or charter schools.

This means that parents teach their children in the privacy of their own homes. They either teach them themselves or they bring someone into the home to teach. Home schooling gives parents control over a child's schedule, the curriculum, and how much time is spent on a one on one basis with their children.

Many parents feel that home schooling helps their children learn more because they are the one's doing the teaching and they can concentrate on the child's academic strengths and weaknesses. They also feel that early childhood development starts at home and home schooling is a continuation of the process.

Furthermore, they feel that children get more parental nurturing and scholastic attention than they would receive at a traditional school and this is better for a child's overall development.

The national Center for Education Statistics estimates that 290,000 African American children are currently being homeschooled.

In a home school setting, a student can learn at his or her own pace and not have to be moved into new grades until he or she fully understands the current subjects that are being taught. Studies show that children who are home schooled normally do very well on standardized tests and score high on other measures of academic examination.

Home schooling is seen as a progressive movement by those who are not satisfied with traditional methods of educating their children. They choose to home school their children independently or by forming in home schools with other parents who don't like the idea of crowded classrooms or it may be influenced by their religious beliefs.

For whatever reasons parents decide to home school their children, home schooling is growing in popularity around the world. It is estimated that more than two million children are being home schooled in America and that number is growing at a substantial pace.

There are some draw backs to home schooling, also. When home schooled, children don't get the opportunity to socialize with their peers, especially those of their own age group and they don't get to use the services and programs that would be available to them if they were in a school system.

Homeschooled children may miss out on forming a long time friendship with classmates. They have a tendacy to withdraw from their peers in a large forum. It is important for homeschooled children to participate in sports and other activites that are not readily available if they're schooled at home.

Home schooling is right for some parents and their children and wrong for others. If you decide to home school your children, you should check with your state's department of education about it's home schooling laws and requirements.


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