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How to Concentrate on Your Homework

Any task that is supposed to be completed at home can be termed as homework. There are a few students who are excellent in their classwork, but face difficulty while doing their homework. This is because of a lack of concentration which also includes distractions present in the house. There are a few adjustments to be done to improve your focus on homework and obtain good grades. Let us try to find out appropriate techniques to concentrate while doing homework in order to get it done faster.

What NOT to Do

I believe once we have determined what not to do, it is easier to decide on what to do. Following are a few things you can avoid while doing homework.

Don’t sit anywhere near a television, computer or any other source of distraction. Even if they are switched off, you might just feel like switching on the television and watching it for sometime. So it’s better to keep them out of sight until you are done with your homework.
Don’t get distracted by a knock at the door; it can be attended by someone else.
Don’t ever procrastinate. It will make you even more tired and stressed out which is bad. Furthermore, you won’t like doing it at all and will end up wasting valuable time. Ultimately, you will regret not doing it when you had time for it.
Never save the difficult part of your homework till the end, finish it off as early as possible. It may require more time, hence you may not be able to finish it on time. On the other hand, even if you manage to do it, you are likely to make mistakes and run into a risk of bad grades. Likewise, never try to do the incomplete homework between two periods or lunch break, reason being the same that you might end up doing it incorrectly, which will again affect your grades.
Never copy stuff from others as you might get caught, and apart from that it is in no way beneficial to you.
Lastly, do not ponder too much looking for different ways to concentrate on homework; just get it done.

What TO Do

Now that you are sure about what not to do, focus on what you shall do to concentrate on your homework.

Firstly, find a quiet place free of distractions. It is said that nature increases your productivity and concentration, so arrange your desk at the side of a window that offers you the backyard view. However, make sure that there are no distractions outside.
Secondly, keep the required materials handy so that you won’t have to get up often and lose the link of whatever you are doing.
Your posture is very important while doing homework. You should sit upright in a chair with the desk in front to allow proper blood flow throughout the body. Avoid being too comfortable (like sitting on the bed or wearing a night suit) as you can feel sleepy.
Try to speak aloud if you are reciting anything. It will keep you focused and unaffected by the disturbance in the surroundings.
You should plan a homework schedule and follow it honestly. If you feel stressed-out at some point and want to take an unplanned break, make a note of it in your schedule. This will help you be along the time-table, however do not overdo it. Set deadlines which will help you complete not only the work at school or college level, but throughout life too.
Take a break in between for at least 10 minutes. This will refresh your mind and make you feel relaxed mentally as well as physically. Avoid watching television or playing games during the break, instead, listen to a few soothing music tracks. This will enhance your concentration level for the remaining homework activity.
Eat before you begin again. Eating healthy snacks during a task will give you energy and sharpen your memory.
Request your family members to give you privacy until the work is done.
Finally, do not hesitate to reward yourself after completing the work because rewards are meant for appreciation of good work and motivation to continue the effort. Either do things you were longing for during the work or treat yourself at your favorite restaurant.

Tips for Parents

Parents’ role comes into the picture when we consider children ranging from 1st to the 5th grade. These children need proper guidance in their homework because they are not yet capable of planning out their schedule. Apart from their ability, they live in a world of gadgets; they surf, play games, listen to music on their iPods, and what not. With so many potential distractions, it becomes difficult for children to get away and concentrate on homework. What can parents do to deal with such a situation? I am sure all parents have some or the other way to make their children focus, however, the ways sometimes can be too rigid and your child might get frustrated. He/she then won’t feel like doing the task anymore which might bring in complications regarding his/her academic progress. That is why here are a few tips that can be effective to make your child stay focused while doing not only homework but also any other task in life.

Firstly, if you think your child is mature enough to understand the benefits of homework, go ahead and explain it to him. This will make your task easier and your child will do the task willingly.
Plan out a homework schedule for your child. The important thing in the schedule should be the time. Set rules for homework time to avoid disturbances during the task. Matters can be even worse in summer when other children begin their vacation at different times. It is better to be flexible in the planning, and adjust according to the changes.
Next important thing is to do away with the distractions. As I have said earlier, the distractions have enough potential to make the child lose focus on his/her task and spend time in other less important things. You should not allow the child to get distracted by television, computer, or video games. In fact, you can promise to play along once the homework is finished. However, you can allow him/her to listen to music because for some people, music is a good way to concentrate. Playing some instrumental or classical music tracks in the background can be effective.
A reward can make a lot of difference in motivating your child to concentrate on his homework. However, it should not turn into bribing because the child may get into the habit of expecting returns for every task, which is not at all a good thing. Try to avoid material rewards as they can easily turn into bribes. Instead, you can assure them of spending some quality time together. You can also make them come up with stuff they would like to do after completing their homework in the given time.
Motivation is another important factor that can do a lot to improve your child’s concentration, and praise will do the job of motivation for you. Appreciate even the smallest effort made by the child which will reinforce the motivational spirit.

These are some guidelines, which will help concentrate on your homework. Find ways to make your assignments more interesting. If you have a choice, select topics that interest you. For some more tips, you can always talk to your teacher, a counselor, or even your parents as they are capable of guiding and supporting you.

Benefits of Homework

For Younger Children
Benefits of HomeworkHomework should be short, and should involve activities like sports and reading high-interest books. It should be a way of developing better time management skills by learning to avoid distractions.
Homework has been a topic of debate for quite some time now. People have been going back and forth, when it comes to considering the upsides and downsides of homework.
Supporters of homework believe that it is important, because it prepares children for the competition that they have to face in their life. Proponents also believe that homework helps reinforce the concepts taught in school. But disputants believe that the extra time that children get at home, can be used for some co-curricular activities, thus introducing them to new realms of life and expanding their horizon.
Benefits in a Nutshell
▸Homework encourages student initiative and builds a sense of responsibility and commitment towards schoolwork.
▸It serves as a practice of the school curriculum and prepares the students for school tests and competitive exams.
▸It establishes a communication link between students, parents and teachers.
By definition, homework constitutes the out-of-class or at-home activities that the teachers assign to students. These activities are an extension to schoolwork. Homework can include practice assignments that emphasize newly acquired skills. It can be in the form of preparation assignments to make students ready for class activities. Projects that have to be worked on in parallel with schoolwork also form a part of homework. The project work may continue throughout the term or the entire academic year. In these activities, students apply their academic skills to create a piece of work through research.Gone are the days when ‘completing homework’ used to be the only option available. Today, children have many distractions and they have to win the battle against those, and it’s not easy! Perhaps, reading the benefits of homework enlisted here, will help you out of the dilemma. (Read this out to your children too.)
Homework Teaches Children…

Student taking initiative
Children initiate study. Homework makes them take the initiative. Teachers get the schoolwork done from students whereas students initiate doing homework. There is a sense of responsibility associated with completing their homework and a feeling of accomplishment after completing it.

Develop Time Management
Children start allotting their time to study and play, thus learning to complete their scheduled tasks in the time they have. They learn to set priorities and also to do things on their own. They manage their time and complete their work independently. Homework encourages self-discipline in the kids.

Learn with Interest
Homework builds confidence in their minds. Teachers give comments on the work students do. Teachers’ positive remarks boost the students’ confidence and encourage them to keep up with their good work. They learn to follow instructions and complete their assignments with responsibility. They need to explore various topics, refer to research material, and search for information in order to do the home assignments. Thus, homework helps in developing an aptitude for exploring and learning.

To Improve the Grasp on Subjects
Students get an opportunity to apply their skills and enhance them. Homework gives students a chance to learn from their mistakes and improve on their weaknesses. Home assignments provide them with a platform to express what they know or have newly found out, and exhibit their talent. Homework gives students the practice of whatever they learn in school, thus helping in the reinforcement of the concepts learned. This helps them score better in class tests and eventually improves their academic results.

The Importance of Planning
Be it assignments or projects, completing them requires planning, organizing and acting upon them. The task of completing the homework on time and regularly, helps generate in the child, a sense of proper planning. Managing time and planning are two terms with a thin line of difference between them. While proper time management allocates a fixed time for sitting down for homework, planning involves ways to get all the homework done – subject by subject one after the other, based on their levels of difficulty.

Homework should be Proportionate to the Students’ Age and Mental Ability
Obviously, it is the amount of homework that governs its benefits. Homework that gradually increases every year enhances academic achievement but it should not become a punishment. The amount and difficulty level of homework assignments should match the age and ability of the students. Homework proves to be beneficial only if it does not put the students under stress or pressure. It is not good to burden them with assignments and expect them to do well in studies.Parents should Encourage Homework
The motivation offered by homework should be accompanied by parent involvement. Some say that homework serves as a link between the school and home. Parents must strengthen this link by taking interest and supporting their children in their home assignments. Parents play an important part, when it comes to showing children that homework is not boring and that it is definitely not a waste of time.
I believe in the benefits of homework. But according to me, homework in the form of projects is more helpful than practice assignments. Students should be encouraged to work creatively. A project on a topic outside the school curriculum leads students to explore new subjects and learn new and interesting things they didn’t know about. It encourages general reading. Studies do not remain monotonous. Children think, research and innovate. This results in an added advantage of homework that studies do not remain confined to textbooks. Children realize that there’s a world beyond. ‘Good’ homework is their window to this world.


More Parents Opting for Home Schooling

The American educational system has often been criticized for its shortfalls and mistakes in judgment and planning. When parents lack confidence in the school system to provide the education they want their children to have, they often turn to private schools or charter schools. But private schools can be prohibitively expensive, and charter schools are still governed to some degree by the state department of public instruction. So home schooling is becoming increasingly popular among parents who have the time and resources to devote to it.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 1.5 million American children were home schooled in 2007. The U.S. Department of Education says that the definition of ‘home schooled’ children includes students whose parents claim that they are schooled in the home for at least part of their education, instead of at a private or public school, and who were not enrolled for more than 25 hours a week if they attended school part-time. Students who were temporarily schooled at home because of illness were not considered to be home schooled.

The Department of Education also studied why parents chose this option. One of the primary reasons was they wanted to provide their own take on moral, ethical, or religious instruction, which would be different from the approach taken in public schools. The most popular reason parents offered was that they were concerned about the general ‘makeup’ of the population at public schools. A small percentage of parents were not satisfied with the academic curricula available at public or private schools.

Every state has its own requirements and laws applying to home schooling, so it is vital for any parent considering this to do their homework first. In some states, parents must meet certain minimum educational achievements such as a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some home schools must be inspected for fire safety. Most must keep accurate and thorough records proving completion of coursework, and many states require annual achievement testing to ensure children are staying on track with education as regularly as they would in a public school. There is a great deal of variance from state to state, so it is critical for parents to find out the requirements that apply to their particular situation, by contacting the local state department of public instruction. That office will also be able to supply a list of support groups, providers of home schooling teaching material, and other resources for parents.

Despite the challenges of home schooling, it is fast becoming more traditional, and can be enjoyable, creative, and memorable for children as well as parents. When carried out successfully, it can often be more successful and well-rounded than other educational options. But because a child’s education is extremely important to success as an adult, the decision to home school should be carefully considered, and approached with confidence and commitment.

Negative Effects of Homeschooling

There are many parents who are not satisfied by the teaching methods in public schools owing to improper or no religious instructions, or inappropriate schools safety conditions. For such parents, homeschooling is the correct option. Homeschooling relates to parents taking up the responsibility to teach their children using the standard curriculum, but in their own way. Parents may even hire tutors for teaching their children.

The education is, however, regulated by the state, and the person who is responsible for homeschooling the children is required to report the progress to the state as per the regulations. When we think of it vs. public schools, we generally refer to homeschooling as a good thing. Nevertheless, with the benefits, comes a substantial share of negative effects.

Negative Effects on Children

No Social Interaction
As a homeschool would have just children from one or two families, there is not much scope for social interaction. In public schools, there are number of students coming from different cultures and family backgrounds, so students are sufficiently exposed to social interaction which builds their social skills and enables them to learn the proper way to communicate with others. Loneliness is also one of the negative effects.

Lack of Confidence
Since a home-schooled student will not get adequate tasks to do at home as compared to the tasks and challenges that are to be faced in public schools, he will not develop the needed confidence for doing any task. Due to lack in confidence, he will also not be able to interact with other students who are not home-schooled.

Excessive Dependence on Parents or Tutors
In a homeschool, students think that parents or tutors are the whole and sole of their lives. Therefore, they are not able to take decisions on their own. For every single thing or task, they have to depend on their parents or tutors and ask for guidance. On the other hand, in public schools, students mostly learn many general things all on their own. One exception to this is that, if a home-schooled child is a good and quick learner, he may learn things at the same pace as his public-schooled peers.

Low Pace of Learning
Even though parents have the freedom to teach the curriculum in the way they think their children would learn, this usually results in a low pace of learning. Just because children know that it is only their parents who are going to teach them, they do not pay much attention to the time required for study. And this is what makes their learning pace slow than that of the students studying in public schools.

No Specific Routine
As the learning hours and tasks can be flexible in homeschooling, children do not get accustomed to a particular study or daily routine. And a daily routine with disciplined hours is absolutely essential for being prompt and punctual in everyday life.

Negative Effects on Parents

Parents may even get affected by homeschooling their children. They may face criticism from the public or from those who oppose the homeschooling concept. In the case of working parents, one parent will have to stay back at home for teaching the children, which may adversely affect the family income. Homeschooling is in no way an easy task for parents. They have to teach all the lessons to children, draft paperwork, make sure the children’s learning is in progress, and report the progress to the appropriate state educational authorities.

If we happen to compare the pros and cons, there are more negative effects than advantages. But there is also the fact that every family or parent has a different situation to handle, so decide accordingly.

Why Homeschooling is Better

If you are one of those people who always felt that whatever you learned in school, you had to unlearn later in life to become the person who you are today, then let me say that you are not alone. Many people share this belief that the classroom environment, where every child is taught the same things, the same way, without taking into consideration individual needs and interests, kills creativity. Schools and classroom environment churn out students who think on the same lines. Any kind of uniqueness or an out-of-box thinking, gets nipped in the bud right in childhood due to classroom teaching. So what is the other option left for parents? How can parents ensure that their children learn well, and at the same time retain their individuality? Well, the answer lies in homeschooling.

Advantages of Homeschooling
Although homeschooling requires lots of hard work and patience on part of the parents, yet, it’s advantages are unparalleled. Firstly, no one knows children better than their parents. This helps them to teach the children in a way they will enjoy learning. Contrast this with classroom learning, where a child may not really understand or pay attention to what is being taught, as he is bored with the way it is being fed to him by the teacher, which can be very disadvantageous. Secondly, while at school, children are mostly interacting with other children who are of the same age. However, when learning at home, children get a chance to communicate more with people of all age groups – their parents, neighbors, relatives, etc. This contributes to their overall personality development.

Speaking of the pros and cons of homeschooling, another reason is that almost all children face peer pressure at school. This makes them talk, look, and behave in ways which is not at all them. Homeschooling cuts down peer pressure, and thus, children learn to be at ease with whom they are. They no longer have to pretend to be someone else just to ‘fit in’ with their classmates. Moreover, children who are taught at home by parents, do not have to go through the stress of meeting deadlines for assignments or examinations. All these things make them turn out into healthy and confident adults.

A very big benefit of homeschooling is that it gives enough time for family bonding. Children’s interactions with their parents increases, and thus, they become closer as a family. Parents on their part, can take the children out on vacations or a visit to a zoo or a market, whenever they want to. They do not have to plan educational or fun outings on the basis of the school schedule. In fact, it reduces the stress of parents too. Besides the flexibility it offers, parents do not have to worry about the safety and security of their children.

These are some of the reasons to understand why homeschool is a better option than sending children to schools. However, before making the final decision, parents should keep the negative effects into consideration as well. Homeschooling can sometimes slow down the learning of a child, especially if the parents are unable to put in the needed hours everyday for teaching. Secondly, as a child is taught alone, he does not learn how to compete with others. Due to this, he may not do well in work or business environment later in life. From the parent’s point of view, to teach the child at home, one of the parents has to quit their job. This can isolate the parent from others, leading to emotional problems for them, as well as financial problems for the family. So, all parents considering homeschooling, should look into the pros and cons, and then take this important decision.

Homeschooling Requirements

Homeschooling RequirementsConsidering the advantages that homeschooling offers, many parents are looking forward to it as a convenient option for educating their children. Starting a home school is no doubt a challenging task because you need to provide your kid all those facilities that are well set up in a public school. You also need to abide by the laws implemented for homeschooling and the standard of your education should be in par with the state run schools.

Parents always want to provide the best resources to their kids, so that they become well qualified. Although, the idea of educating your kids solely under your tutelage is great, homeschooling entails a lot of responsibilities. At the outset, you must be mentally prepared to take up this challenge and then proceed gradually to make it a success. We shall explain you the most important homeschooling requirements over here.

1. Understanding the Laws
You should be well aware of the laws imposed by the State regarding homeschooling. In some states, the laws are very stringent and following the rules enforced by the legal body is mandatory. The laws pertain to the method of teaching, the attendance of your kids, qualification of parents, the subjects being taught, conducting exams and annual reports. Thus, you need to consult a legal advisory body before setting up a homeschooling. On the contrary, in some states there are no rules at all for establishing a home school.

2. Qualification of Parents
You should be well qualified to educate your children. The course and syllabus should be in conjunction with that followed by regular schools. You should also be accustomed with the teaching methodologies. The task becomes difficult as your child grows and reaches a higher grade. You need to upgrade your teaching abilities constantly so that your children do not face any difficulty. Having a sound knowledge in every subject is not within your ambit. Thus, you can hire teachers (paid or voluntary) for the purpose of teaching your kids the subjects in which you do not have much hold. You should dedicate enough time to your kids to make the teaching sessions effective. And remember, that even teachers need to do a lot of homework to fulfill the expectations of their students.

3. Requisitions for the School
You will definitely want your kid to get all the privileges that a regular school provides. This task is easily accomplished when your kid is in lower grades. Purchase textbooks according to the syllabus decided by you. Also provide them notebooks, pencils, pens and other materials that are necessary while studying. The school should be equipped with computers, laptops and Internet connection, as they have become indispensable today. These are some basic things that a home school must have. You can also set up plasma screens, boards and a library. Constructing a lab inside the school should be done under the guidance of a lab teacher who is well experienced with the interior makeup and safety guidelines of a lab.

4. Implementing the School Curriculum
Maintaining discipline inside the school is the most important point to consider. The rules can be either enforced as per the state laws or you can implement your own guidelines. You should monitor your kid during class hours and you must ensure that he does his homework on regular basis. Conduct regular tests and interactive sessions to find out whether he is understanding the subjects being taught to him. Exams, exhibitions and project works should be an annual affair that would contribute to the promotion of your kid to the higher grade. You should also maintain a record of his attendance and performance inside the class.

Your attitude towards taking up this challenge matters a lot to achieve success. Consider your financial position before making any decision and you can also approach to other home school organizations for initial support. Try your level best to impart the best quality of education to your kid, that would prove beneficial to him in the future.


Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Let us get back to the future! Confused? Well… all I mean to say is let us get back to those olden days which determined a strong and healthy generation that promised a secured life for their parents and country. ‘Home’ is the first temple of learning. It is the pious place where a newly born infant is taught the value of relationships, respect, responsibility, and duty. Tracing back to those olden days where there was no alternative to seek education other than one’s own home, homeschooling then was a common phenomenon.

Homeschooling is not a new concept, which is evolving now; rather it is an old concept which could not evolve properly and is blooming lately among us.

What exactly is Homeschooling All About?
Answering this question may leave you perturbed for sometime since we accept public schooling as an inevitable norm in our lives. Homeschooling refers to the education provided to children at home usually by parents or guardians instead of public or private schools. It is an option for that parent who chooses to provide their child an education, which is deeply rooted with their chosen social environment, which they believe, is unachievable in schools. The rising graphs do tell us a story about homeschooling, as a burning desire of parents to gain control over the educational bureaucrats and reestablish family as the only option left for child’s education.

Now that you are familiar with the term, there is an ongoing conflict in you mind which is trying to pacify your urge to opt for the same. But wait… before figuring out to reach a final decision let us weigh the pros and cons of homeschooling. If you relate each advantage and disadvantage along with your personal life, you can identify some inevitable benefits and disadvantages.

Pros of Homeschooling

#1 Tightens Family Bonds
Homeschooling not only provides a child with a sense of understanding about the social, cultural, and ethical norms of the family; but also acts as a binding force among the family members. It gives the parents the opportunity to develop a strong bond with the child.

#2 Safe Haven
It provides you an ultra protective shield for your child, which saves him from the filthy activities which may attract your child. Your anxiety about your child’s safety is eased and you are constantly aware of their well-being.

#3 Greater Education
The child can choose the subjects of his choice and gain in depth knowledge in various topics. Such children are not made to cram information and can instead understand the basics of the subject and dwell deeper into the why and how of the issue. The take up education for the sake of knowledge. Today people are judged by their qualification and the number of degrees they hold, however none of these make you any wiser than someone who is truly informed and mentally empowered.

#4 Reduced Mental Torture
You can save your child from the mental harassment he may face at the regular schools where bullying, mocking, humiliation is a common phenomenon. Children need an environment where they can feel free to express themselves away from the peer pressure, which may ruin his personality.

#5 Invest Wisely
By providing your child with a homeschooling environment, you can wisely invest your time as well as your money in your child’s education. You can actually show your child that learning is an exciting activity, which opens up various possibilities.

#6 Leadership Qualities
If taught well, home-schooled children do not need to be told often, when it comes to education. They themselves take the initiative to study, learn, and practice what they have assimilated. However, they must not be over pampered and protected, as that would make these children too dependent. Children are the future leaders of our world, and for becoming a good leader, one need to have the confidence and self sufficiency to prosper and guide others.

#7 Flexibility and Less Tensions
Homeschooling allows the family to make plans and go out for holidays and have more family time with one another, without worrying about pending homework, detention or lack of attendance. It gives the children the opportunity to enjoy their childhood, without getting bogged down by daily commitments, fear of ridicule on not having completed an assignment. It gives children the complete rest they need and not sleep late and get up early in order to catch the school bus on time.

Cons of Homeschooling

#1 Commitment
You have to spend 24 hours a day with your child since the whole responsibility of his education now rests upon your shoulders. However, this need not be true. After the first few years of investing time and energy with your child, you can safely assume that he or she will be able to study on their own and follow the same pattern as taught by you. You can thereafter conduct tests and quizzes to check the knowledge amassed by your child at the end of each week.

#2 Unrecognized Path
You need to justify to your family and friends who may not easily accept the path of homeschooling. Cousins and friends may not be able to associate with the strange lifestyle of your child, nor would your child necessarily accept theirs. This can lead to the child become secluded, shy and inwards. Schools help develop social behavior patterns and it helps the child know the difference between wanted and unwanted people and their company.

#3 Discard Other Responsibilities
As an individual, you owe responsibilities to your elders as well which may take a back seat with your decision to home-school your child, which would absorb most of your time concentrating on your child’s performance.

#4 Unawareness
Sitting back at home inside the four walls of a room may not give you the taste of the edgy competition prevailing outside the walls. There would be no spirit of competition in your child, as he would face none. It can also seem a bit too selfish to deprive your child of the social experience that he or she needs in order to become street smart and adept with today’s times.

#5 Step Out
As a parent, you need to step out of your comfort zone so as to enhance your teaching skills and learn more about effective home teaching methods which is common in our society.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/pros-cons-homeschooling.html

How Does Online Homeschooling Work

The tradition of imparting education to children at home has been prevalent in many civilizations. In the modern world, homeschooling, as a concept gained momentum in the 1960s, with libertarian movement gaining significance in the American society. Today, homeschooling is a recognized form of educational option in the US. It has become extremely popular amongst parents and guardians who wish to train and educate their children on their own, in the comforts of home.

Information about Online Homeschooling
To understand the working of online homeschooling, we have to grasp the basics of online education or e-learning. By the power of online education, it has become possible to listen, see and virtually attend lectures without being present physically in the classroom. Online homeschooling is based on similar concepts of designing e-learning study materials for students who can easily access the coursework from their homes. This has become possible after several communities and networks of parents have collaborated together to make homeschooling more professional in its approach. In every city or state, there are social networks of parents who meet on weekly or monthly basis to share their views, insights and growth strategies for making the concept of homeschooling most effective for their children.

Quick Facts about Homeschooling
Homeschooling is gaining popularity as a very flexible form of educational system, without any burden of attending school and spending significant number of hours in a restricted environment. Many teaching styles have become popular in homeschooling. Some parents educate their kids by framing rules, regulations and fixed hours of study, while some use the unconventional path of letting the child learn whenever he or she wants to. Most of the parents choose their own study materials based on their child’s interests. Some use the traditional style of buying school books and teaching children in their own unique style. The diversity in numerous teaching style methodologies in homeschooling is phenomenal, offering it a great flexibility. Some fast facts about this educational form is as follows.

※ It is a wrong belief in society that homeschoolers are commonly students belonging to families of extremists, hippies or religious fanatics. Even regular families are choosing homeschooling for their children. The fact is homeschoolers are normal kids, with same ambitions, goals and objectives in life as the others.

※ In US, homeschooling is legal in all its 50 states, though each state may have their own individual laws. It is also legal in all parts of Canada. You need to find out what applies regarding laws of homeschooling in your state.

※ Besides USA, even Australia, China, Japan, India and many other countries have seen the rise of online forums of like-minded parents who are willing to teach their kids on their own.

※ Homeschooling may cost more or less depending on the way parents choose to train their child. Several studies have indicated that it is cheaper to homeschool kids at elementary school level than it is at high school level.

Working of Online Homeschooling System
There are no secrets to the working of online homeschooling. You will be given a log-in ID, password or access code to visit the website. Every time you visit the website, you can revise the concepts you have learned or you can solve some of your pending work assignments. You will have an individual profile on the website and you will be able to learn topics, practice sums and do all kinds of work related to studies. For this to happen, you must have a high speed Internet connection and a PC or laptop.

Online Homeschooling Curriculum: Broad and Diversified
There is a lot of potential in the homeschooling educational sector. Many websites, dedicated completely to teaching homeschoolers are already in existence and they have specific syllabus and curriculum for helping children to learn concepts easily. Most of these websites have been designed by specialized e-learning companies or have come up after the joint efforts of numerous group of parents who want to make education simpler for their children. It is a fact that understanding intricate concepts with the help of computer graphics, audio and visual tools is easier. Moreover, students find it interesting to learn in a fun way. Online educational websites for elementary and high school students offer courses in broad disciplines of studies, be it maths, physics, chemistry or any other subjects. By introducing well designed, researched test papers and work sheets, e-leaning companies offer best education material to students who wish to avail their facilities online.

Free Online Homeschooling, A Possibility
There are some personal blogs and websites that do give limited or complete information regarding courses for specific classes. There are a lot of homeschooling enthusiasts that have started their own blogs in an attempt to help others who are doing the same. Researching on the Internet can help you to find the same. However, if you want accurate, authentic and excellent study materials, you must register with some e-learning company offering the same services, so that you can study with a fixed plan. When you register with such professional companies, you may have to pay some money as membership fee. So the fact is that with information free on the Internet, you will eventually, come across required information but if you really want to make the most of a curriculum and time, it is good to invest in some good e-learning companies or website dedicated to the same services.

Online homeschooling is a great way to bond with like-minded citizens for improving your child’s prospects. It is certainly a new way to rethink about educational system. It is said that homeschooling students are matured, morally strong and even perform well in colleges. Say whatever, it is a fact that the pros and cons of homeschooling is an ongoing debate that will always find people with two schools of thought – for or against it.

How to Start Homeschooling Your Child

The popularity of homeschooling has seen a phenomenal rise in the last decade or two. There are plenty of attributes that have contributed to this rise. Parents prefer to home-school their kids to keep them away from the peer pressure and stressed atmosphere of the school. Moreover, in a home-school, your child gets single-minded attention, unlike in a public school, where there are at least twenty students in a class. With this form of education, you can keep the child under your supervision and also get to spend more time with him/her. But it also has its own set of drawbacks, that cannot be ignored. The most obvious one being – the child missing the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to attend the institution called “school”! The school atmosphere is completely different from the atmosphere at home, and in a school there is more focus on discipline, schedule and team work.

The choice to opt for homeschooling kids depends entirely on the parents. Keep in mind the following – to make the idea work, you will have to compromise your career and completely devote yourself in educating your child/children. Alternatively, you can hire a home-school teacher to educate your kids, but still, you have to be around to make sure that the teacher is doing the job well.

Getting Started with Homeschooling

It is an old concept, that has been popular since a long time. It is a legally approved concept in the United States (the state regulations may differ). As it gained popularity in the United States, the universities also started accepting students from such educational backgrounds. Thus the parents need not worry about the future education of their child and should focus more on designing the study technique and curriculum. To make the program a success, the atmosphere in the house should also be calm and conducive to study. Design the room using various charts and posters and create a fun atmosphere, for the child to study. Make it a point that you use a table and chair for studying, as the posture you keep while studying is also important.

#Step 1: Check the Regulations
Though the process is legal, the state regulations may differ. So, as the first step, do some research and understand the rules and regulations about homeschooling, in your state. Some states are quite liberal and do not even require you to notify the concerned authorities about the decision taken. Semi-Liberal states require you to notify them about the decision they make. The third category is the slightly strict states. The regulations in these states require you to periodically submit, the progress and evaluation report of the kid. And in the states that have the most strict regulations, the parents need to get the designed syllabus approved before they proceed with their decision. Some states that are strict regarding homeschooling require you to get certified for the teaching process, or allow you to keep only certified people as home teachers. The regulations also have mention of the number of days per year you need to teach the kids. Thus, you need to determine under which category your state belongs to and understand the rules thoroughly.

#Step 2: Design the Curriculum
Once you have complied with all the rules, the next important step is designing the syllabus. This is the most crucial step. You have many options to design the homeschooling curriculum. Think and determine what kind of education you want to give your child, and what you want to focus on. For example, for those who want to focus on arts, the arts related subjects should be the major crux of the syllabus. But to develop the all round intelligence of the kid, the curriculum should be a mix of all the subjects. For stricter states, the curriculum needs to be in conjunction with the state education curriculum. There are plenty of choices available for you to choose the right syllabus for your kid. In addition, there are many online packages and books based on grades available.

#Step 3: Plan a Schedule
To instill discipline in your kid from a young age, a balanced routine is very important. Plan your hours fruitfully, allotting appropriate hours to each subject. Monthly and yearly tests are also mandatory and should be a part of the schedule. But to avoid monotony in the process, you have to take efforts. One advantage of homeschooling is, you can be innovative in your way of teaching your kids. You have the freedom to incorporate your own ideas and techniques in the teaching method. You can also change the location of the ‘homeroom’ at your own will, and plan some trip to the park to make learning an interesting process for the kid.

#Step 4: Make it Easy for the Kid
Kids who have been to school and are now home tutored may find it hard to adjust to the new method of teaching. So, as parents you need to make sure that the child is comfortable with the new teaching method. The child might miss his friends – to avoid this make him join a library or a play club. This way the child will be able to socialize, and wouldn’t feel lonely.

Educationalists do not approve of this form of schooling, and believe that it deprives the children from their social life. They are also of the view that parents cannot give their hundred percent as teachers. But, if it is the only option you have, make sure you do it with perfection and dedication. With efforts from both the parents homeschooling can turn out to be a rewarding experience. Good Luck

Reasons Why Homeschooling is Bad

Homeschooling refers to the concept of educating children at home instead of sending them to public or private schools. The concept is not new. Earlier, most children were educated at home because not everyone could afford to send their children to schools. Nowadays, homeschooling has become popular in many countries for various reasons.

Reasons for Homeschooling
One of the prime reasons why some prefer homeschooling is the questionable quality of education in public schools. Also, many prefer educating their children at home due to the costs involved in traditional schooling. Some parents believe that they know their child’s strengths and weaknesses best and hence, are in a better position to teach him. Some prefer it so as to keep their child away from bad company. There are people who opt to educate their children at home because they want them to absorb the morals and values of their family, and follow their religious beliefs. Some parents think that homeschooling helps build stronger family bonds.

It has been observed that homeschooling, when undertaken meticulously has benefited many. However, every coin has two sides and even homeschooling has its share of demerits. Let us look at its negative impact on parents and students.

Parents

Absence of Certified Educational Professionals
A parent may have good educational qualifications, but that does not make him or her a good teacher. Teaching is an art, which requires the ability to understand children’s needs. Parents may find it difficult to adjust to the curriculum. Unlike professional teachers, parents may not be trained to teach, thus making homeschooling difficult for them.

Special Needs May Not be Met
Some children require special learning aids and tutors, and cannot be home-schooled. Lack of proper guidance might impact their education. Similarly, certain subjects require different methods of teaching or certain specialized teaching aids. Homeschooling may not be able to meet these needs of education.

Homeschool Burnout
Many parents may eventually become tired and stressed due to teaching for long hours at a stretch. Parents having to manage work and household responsibilities while also devoting time to the education of their children, may have to follow a very hectic schedule. This may take a toll on their health or hamper their efficiency as teachers. This may lead to a homeschool burnout and cause the parents to temporarily lose interest in teaching.

Shifting Priorities
Parents have to sacrifice a lot in terms of other priorities. Home-schooling children is a full-time job and may not be suitable for parents who want to concentrate on their careers. On choosing to teach children at home, career aspirations of parents might have to take a backseat. It takes a lot of time and dedication from the parents’ side to make homeschooling successful.

High Costs
Though homeschooling may cost less than $1000 per year for parents, inevitable expenses like textbooks, basic stationery, a computer, Internet, educational software, seating arrangement, field and educational trips, audio-visual aids, hobby classes, sports classes, library, legal fees, memberships and newsletters of support groups may also have to be added to the budget. In many states, homeschooling does not receive any kind of financial aid other than making the cost of school supplies tax-deductible.

Social Pressure
Parents who home-school their children may have to face social pressure from proponents of traditional education.
This might lead the parents of homeschoolers to feel discouraged and diffident about their decision. They are oftentimes ridiculed by others for their decision and deemed incapable of educating their children at home. They have to face social flak for preferring homeschooling.

Children

Isolation
Children who are home-schooled may feel lonely, friendless and isolated, especially so if they don’t have siblings. Friendships in school help them learn the importance of sharing and being there for one another. Often, homeschoolers become increasingly dependent on their parents. Being schooled at home, they are isolated from the exposure traditional education gives.

Hindered Development
One of the most critical impacts of homeschooling on children is limited social interaction. In a traditional school, students are exposed to children coming from diverse cultural backgrounds. Homeschooling lacks this aspect, and hence may prove to be detrimental to the development of children’s interpersonal skills. Schools give children, the opportunity to participate in debates, sports and other competitions. They expose children to the real world. In homeschooling, school remains confined to the home, thus limiting the social, emotional and psychological development of children.

Assessment Pressure
Homeschoolers have to take an annual assessment test before proceeding to the next level. In traditional schools, children are given periodic tests, which prepare them for the next level. This may not be the case with homeschooling, thus leading to tremendous mental pressure on children when appearing for the annual assessment exams.

Lack of Competition
Schools prepare children to face the fierce competition that one is exposed to, in real life. However, homeschooling does not give them a chance to compete with other kids. They are also unaware of where they stand among their peers. The competitive spirit that is developed in traditional schooling is more or less absent in a homeschooling environment. This may affect the future lives and careers of children.

Though homeschooling has its benefits, it does not match up to the positive influence of schools on the overall development of children.