Author – Shriya Agarwal
Being a less-known and an even less-practiced concept, I would love to share an experience with you about homeschooling; a road less traveled by!
“There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.”Gandhi
In the middle of the room was a bed where my younger friend was sitting and reading a book which was as heavy as him. I couldn’t help but wonder how much he was understanding from what he was reading. That was the first time I realized that:
One of my mother’s friend has two kids, a son, and a daughter. The first time I visited their house was at their son’s birthday party many years ago. The next time I went there my aunt showed me a room full of books. It was no less than a one-room library.
Learning has less to do with a person’s age and more to do with the person himself.
The series of visits kept happening over the years. Every time I visited them I found myself picking up books from their one-room library and skimming through them. And everytime they would visit us, they’d get books for me and my siblings.
They would also often take me along to the museums and libraries they visited. During such one-day trips, we would share our hobbies, experiences, and thoughts and would get to terms with the way we were learning the same things in different settings and manners. My aunt would often appreciate my parents for raising us with diverse interests and skills that were being nourished by both my parents’ efforts and school activities.
A few years later, I remember giving my board exams when my younger friend was appearing for some college-entrance exams, in which he excelled. The second realization happened that day. I discerned that:
What we do in life does not need to be a part of a system that works in ways that are pre-defined; there is always some scope to customize.
In my first year of college I happened to visit one of the IITs as part of the music society; the same college where my younger friend had already completed three years of graduation. Seeing the outcome of homeschooling I definitely agreed that if done right, homeschooling can do wonders for a child’s mind.
On one hand, I saw him indulging mostly in academic activities and excelling at them. While on the other hand saw myself performing decently at both academics and hobbies. This got me wondering if my friend was constantly performing under pressure to prove himself and making the most of being homeschooled.
His younger sister’s learning process was similar to mine. Except that she would only go to the school she was enrolled in to give exams. How amazing was that?
Homeschooling children comes with great responsibility. If you’re planning to homeschool your child you might want to take a look at the points below.
- Homeschooling requires personal attention and monitoring by at least one of the parents. Proper planning and execution would be important to remain on track.
- At some point, you would need to hire home-tutors and would have to choose them wisely depending on their knowledge, teaching skills, and ability to connect.
- Getting your kid/kids to socialize with kids of their age would be as necessary for their development as keeping yourself updated with what their peers are learning.
- In the process of homeschooling, you will have to find ways to teach them to live away from you and think independently.
- To ensure their life doesn’t get boring, learning outside of the four walls would be essential. You might want to find ways to provide the needed exposure.
- Counseling may be an integral part to enable them to feel confident about your choice of homeschooling and not feel like they’re missing out on something
- Lastly, prepare your child for the world by educating him/her about cultural differences, society, and the realities of the world.
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“We can get too easily bogged down in the academic part of homeschooling, a relatively minor part of the whole, which is to raise competent, caring, literate, happy people.” ―Diane Flynn Keith