Home schooling offers a unique opportunity to make learning bespoke to your child, and for you to be in a position where you have a direct role in your child’s learning. Your child can also have a larger input into what they want to study and how they like to study.
Below are some of the advantages of home-schooling.
Flexibility to study a variety of subjects that are chosen by you or your child and at a time when it suits you. Perhaps your child works best when starting later in the morning? Or you like to opt for academic subjects in the morning when more alert and be outdoors or other vocational or sporting activities in the afternoons.
Children can study at their pace, and spend longer on topics that they are finding harder. This takes the pressure off your child, and allows them to really explore the topic, with fewer distractions too!
Your child can still socialise but in a different way. Opportunities such as to play in recreational or amateur leagues of sports; join a volunteer project such as beekeeping or help at stables or a farm. Children may also want to join other organisations (at an appropriate age) such as Scouts, cadets, St John’s Ambulance or other organisations.
Reduced pressure. School can feel a very pressured environment; moving from class to class at set times, rigid rules and regulations, social anxiety and bullying. Home schooling allows you to reduce the rigid rules, and social anxiety. Children can still maintain friendships by attending regular groups (free and paid) for home-schooled children.
If your child has SEN or additional needs then mainstream school may not feel like the right fit. Home schooling allows your child to work in a way that suits their SEN and receive individual attention, especially if you have a tutor(s). If your child does have an education and healthcare plan (EHCP) then you may be able to access additional funding from your local authority to support with their education.