This is by far the most popular question and concern of Home Educating.
For people who have never Home Educated or indeed investigated it, they automatically assume that kids taught at home will be locked away from the rest of civilisation and will have no interaction with other kids.
Educating kids at home is on the increase and with the use of technology for courses, activities, resources etc, and a large amount of Facebook groups and community interaction, meeting new people is a lot easier than sceptics think.
As soon you mention that you are, or might be Home Educating your children, it seems that you have to go on the defensive about socialising in particular.
I can honestly say the boys have a much broader social life than they did at school and have met some great children. They still have friends from school with the odd exception of a couple of blinkered parents who think Home Education is wrong. It’s no surprise they work in school!.
Having said that, we know a lot of teachers who think its amazing what we are doing and wish children could receive the level of one to one educating and real-life skills we give the boys.
The following article by Mike Wood, who is very experienced in all things regarding Home Educating explains in great detail about socialisation concerns.
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Being able to teach when you want, gives way more flexibility than mainstream school, therefore it is easier for the parents/parents to fit learning around work and other commitments.
Being able to take family holidays while other kids are at school can save a small fortune in the usual over-inflated peak time costs.
Unless you run a home-based business, it is common for one parent/guardian to be the Home Educator, usually for financial reasons.
Kids learn at different paces and have preferred ways of learning, from books, visual, and hands-on learning.
Having the time to find out how your child prefers to learn can pay dividends.
One thing I have never agreed on is school being brought into the home environment. Home is for family and friends time.
Generally, a child being Home Educated will have a much shorter day than they would at school as they can absorb more information than in a classroom of 25 – 30 children and can get the work done they would normally be given as homework.
No more dreaded school run
Think how much time you have spent on the school run and all the frustration that goes with it.
Home educating will allow you to avoid the pickup and drop-off peak times, allowing allow you to come and go as you please and avoiding the busy traffic times.
Cherry pick your subjects
There is no legal requirement to follow the national curriculum subjects.
How often have we commented to friends that we never use the subjects we were taught at school?.
Home educating allows you to pick your own timetable and lesson structure.
A lot of home educators opt for maths English and science from the national curriculum and cover alternative learning and subject after that.
The great advantage to this is that you can be led by your child if they want to learn about something they are passionate about, not taking exams for a subject certainly does not make it any less meaningful.
Children are put under way too much pressure to pass exams, surely having less pressure will allow for a more fun learning environment.
Let your child set the learning pace
we all learn at a different speed and have a different rate of information absorption.
A huge advantage of home educating is that your child can stay with the same part of a subject until they are confident to move on, for example, if they were doing trigonometry, they would not move on to algebra until a were completely satisfied with all things trigonometry.
This kind of learning environment makes fun a lot more learning and takes the unnecessary pressure of the child.
A growing support network
As home educating is increasing so is the support network in the form of forums, social media groups such as Facebook, independent home educating websites and support through online classes via tutors.
Local authorities are also embracing home education and are willing to pay you a home visit to discuss home educated in general.
There is no legal requirement for the local authority to get involved in your child’s Home Education or visit your home unless they have genuine concerns over the child.
Not all children have the confidence to raise their hands in class to ask a question or stand up in front of others.
Home education provides a more relaxed environment to learn, therefore your child can ask the same question as many times as they like without feeling without feeling embarrassed or intimidated.
As discussed in the question above, home educating can provide a great platform for socialising with adults and children alike.
Unlike school where children are made to spend all day with peers of their own age, which is a very unnatural environment,. parents/guardians who allow their children to meet others from Facebook groups and also get involved in the local community on a regular basis, open up a whole new world of potential friends of varying ages.
Also, it should not be forgotten that a lot of home educated children will already have friends generally from the local neighbourhood.
Real life skills
It is not the school’s responsibility to teach your child space”real life skills”, this generally falls on the parents/guardians,. With the fast and furious times that we live in. Having the time to prepare children as rounded individuals for the real world is often a struggle.
Having the flexibility of home education allows more time to teach children the things they will need going into the adult world.
You do not need to follow the National Curriculum when Home Educating.
People are often divided on whether certain subjects at school are actually useful in real life.
I would say it is a balance.
As mentioned in the Benefits of Home Education question, you can cherry pick your subjects from the curriculum should you decide to go down that route.
It can be difficult deciding what to teach, but the big advantage with Home Education is that you can try something else if current subjects just aren’t working. Having this option will enable kids to see that life is about choice and not having to learn force fed subjects.
We decided to mix curriculum and non-curriculum subjects.
See subjects in our menu bar to see what we will be following.
You do not need any qualifications in order to home educate, obviously having them may well be a benefit.
There are so many options out there to assist in teaching your child, from private tutors, online courses, virtual lessons and of course one to one.
In addition to the above, lots of parents and children have regular meet-ups so kids can interact whilst learning other things in a variety of locations.
Your child will need to build up the discipline in order to self-study, which in itself is a great trait to have. This will allow them to self-educate and at the same time free you up to do other things.
We will provide a list of educational resources as we add more content to the site.
We all come across naysayers in life (a person who continually gives negative and pessimistic views even though things are going fine. Its in their nature to create a problem out of a solution).
Home Education certainly attracts the doon and gloom merchants, luckily also a lot of open-minded, forward thinking and encouraging people who can see the beyond four walls of a classroom and the National Curriculum.
I think if you know why you want to Home Educate and have an end goal, then the opinion of naysayers, whether they be friends, family or random people do not matter one iota.
So far, in our experience, people who have frowned and ridiculed our decision to Home Educate are the ones who have not tried it.
They are scared to stand apart from the crowd and leave their comfort zone, think the only way to be educated is through the school system and indeed those who are employed to teach within the system.
The first comment from their lips is usually, “what about socialising?”
Our boys have a great social life, both with old school friends and new Home Ed friends, read this enlightening article regarding socialisation.
I do have to say we have had a large number of teachers think that Home Education is a great alternative to traditional schools and how disgruntled they are at not being able to teach openly due to red tape, statistics and Ofsted.
Ironically, asked whether they enjoyed school and have benefitted from it both in a social, creative and professional capacity, you won’t be surprised to know that their experience was quite often negative!
We all have different reasons why we Home Educate and why we also have children in mainstream school, both should be respected.
Keep your eyes on the end goal, how happy your children are and how lucky you are to be able to Home Educate in this country.
You do not have to justify yourself to the doubters; it’s all about having fun and preparing your child for an ever-changing world and allowing them to be creative and to follow their passion in a style that suits them.
Ignore the naysayers; they’ll soon be frowning about aspects of other peoples lives.
I know with our Home Education journey, “the proof will be in the pudding.”