While homeschooling is gaining popularity in the Philippines, in UAE, homeschooling is still off-the-wall. In fact, some of my friends get lost once they found out that we are homeschooling our two boys. Some of them were curious why we took this path and how we make it possible while both I and my husband maintain an 8 hours’ day job. I told them my usual answer to those questions, “homeschooling is a commitment. Yes, it can be done, with lots of challenges but it’s definitely rewarding.”
We are on our second year of homeschooling, and I know it’s still going to be a long journey. It may sound like a newbie, but I got few things to share, that I have learned based on our experienced in homeschooling.
Character Development – Proverbs 22:6. says “Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.” My husband and I are intentional in shaping our children’s character who is both in foundation stage. While academic is vital, character is equally important in preparing them for the real world. Homeschooling allows us to impart values to our children and setting their heart right. Once their heart is right, the mind will follow.
Flexibility & Mobility – families sometimes face unexpected circumstances. In homeschooling, learning is not compromised when such things happen. It gives you the option to adjust learning schedule. Whether, extra lessons or make-up lessons, to fast track or to slow down, we have these options. In addition, for expat family like us, we can go from one country to another without sacrificing our children’s education.
Customized Learning – children are unique, hence, learning style varies from one child to another. One thing I like the most in homeschooling is that, it allows me to customize my children’s’ curriculum according to their learning style and interest. Teacher adjusts according to the children’s need, hence, student learns at their own pace.
Freedom – learning is not bounded by text books alone. My children learn from reading & telling stories while we cuddle on the couch. Learns from conversation and discussion over meals. And also from hands on experience, arts & crafts and creative plays. Learning happens anytime, anywhere.
Time constrains – Time is gold indeed. Hence, every minute counts to me being a working-homeschooling mom. I sometimes do advance reading and research at the office during lunch break and to keep us on track, I make sure to prepare lesson plans for the week.
Less time for house chores – obviously I cannot do both, homeschooling and making the house at the same time. Homeschooling is my priority, so I’m thankful for having a reliable helper.
Complacency – when I saw the kids doing well or maybe ahead of our schedule, I have a tendency to be complaisant, that suddenly leaves us behind our schedule.
Doubt – during our early months of homeschooling, I easily get discourage whenever I encounter not so good reactions by my friends, once they learned we are homeschooling. To them, it was like we are compromising our children’s education and I felt the need to justify why we are doing this. But as we go along, and as I see the result, I don’t have to explain anything about it. I just learned to get used to it.
Homeschooling may not be for everyone, but if you are considering homeschooling, think about it, and have time to discuss it with your spouse. I hope this article has somehow helped you.
Contributed by: Beverly Pancho