Frequently Asked Questions: School - home schooling
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School - home schooling FAQs
- Child-centred learning - you can learn with your child at his/her own pace, without any competitive aspect.
- Since socialisation will have to be more organised and/or structured, a home schooled child will meet people who share their interests and hobbies rather than merely their age, and get involved with a range of extra-curricula activities.
- Home education allows for flexibility of study, which takes into account a child's level of learning that day, and fits in once in a lifetime learning opportunities as and when they occur, such as an exciting exhibition coming to town.
- Home schooling can happen anywhere, and can take in exciting locations such as science museums, zoos, as well as being able to home school abroad (although parents should check local rules and regulations).
- Many home school families say EHE promotes strong family relationships and a unique sense of family 'togetherness'.
- A child can become isolated, alone and friendship groups restricted.
- The parent or carer cannot keep the momentum, lessons become dull or boring.
- Lessons are not well planned, lack challenge and excitement. Broad balanced curriculum disappears, with focus on English and maths only.
- Visits lack any learning goal or skills. They are fun, but do not embed skills knowledge and understanding.
- Dependence on the family deprives or inhibits social and emotional skills with other social and friendship groups.
- There is no financial help when doing EHE and it can be costly.
- The parent(s) will need to carry out a myriad of tasks, usually including organising and teaching lessons, making a timetable, preparing visits, resources and field trips, join local home schooling groups, and making plenty of arrangements with other home schooled children and/or extra curricular activities for socialisation. Parents giving their child a home education will have little time to themselves at home.
- Where in a school, teachers are qualified instructors with experience in teaching methods as well as their subject, parents may struggle to learn teaching skills or become successful at teaching effectively. Schools also provide specialist teachers and advisors such as guidance counsellors and PE teachers, who are able to contribute their particular skills to a child's education. A home schooled child will not usually have opportunities to learn from such a diverse range of skill backgrounds. This is especially true if a child has special educational needs and requires expert teaching and care.