Making the decision to start homeschooling your child can be a tough one, but it can also be an extraordinary experience for you and your family. Homeschooling does not have to mean that you are now the strict teacher 100% of the time. In fact, knowing how homeschooling can bring your family closer may factor in your decision to educate your kids at home.
How Homeschooling Can Bring Your Family Closer
After school conversations don’t have to be about school.
Parents of traditionally schooled children may struggle to understand how they’re doing in school or what their child deals with throughout the school day. The typical answer to, “How was school today?” is often met with a monosyllabic, “fine”. As a homeschool parent, you know how the school day was each and every day. When your school day is over, you can focus on the fun (even some trivial) stuff like family outings, meals, television shows, and hobbies.
Planning together can help you with shared goals.
Even younger homeschooled children can help plan with their homeschooling parents. One of the joys of homeschooling is being able to have the flexibility to supplement your curriculum with what your child needs to reach their learning goals. Have discussions with your child about how you can help them reach academic and career goals. This can start as soon as elementary grades! Have a child that loves to cook? Talk to them about incorporating their passion into math and science lessons. Have a budding photographer in your home? Work with your child to develop lessons where they can take snapshots of what they’re learning.
Enjoy field trips and shared learning experiences.
Get out of the house and enjoy the world as your classroom. Experiencing hands-on learning with your child outside your home classroom will allow you to bond and make memories with your kids that will last a lifetime. While traditionally-schooled children may have their parents attend infrequent school field trips, your schedule may allow you the flexibility to take a weekly (or more) trip to museums, parks, and other places to deepen learning beyond textbooks while creating a shared experience together.
Learning what your child loves (and doesn’t enjoy) about school, spending non-school hours focusing on family, planning together, and enjoying cultural learning experiences outside the classroom walls will help you and your children grow closer together as a homeschooling family. Every family, whether or not they choose homeschooling or traditional schooling, will have their ups and downs, but there are so many benefits for family closeness when it comes to educating at home. Focusing on how homeschooling can bring your family closer can help you plan your school to be the best it can be for your family.
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