In the past, homeschooling has had a negative perception – particularly underperformance, inability to socialise with other children and decreased access to tertiary education opportunities.
But there has been a revolution in homeschooling children, with this form of education becoming more accepted, with evidence suggesting that homeschooled children outperform their counterparts in a formal institutional setting.
Of course, how homeschooling impacts the individual is nuanced and depends on many factors, but what is clear is that a shift towards educating children at home is gathering momentum nationwide.
In this article, we look at the benefits of homeschooling children and how Lions Education can equip you and your children to be the best version of themselves through education at home.
For some children, a traditional classroom format simply does not work for them, creating unnecessary stress on children, parents and institutions alike.
Children with specific learning challenges may not respond well to classrooms, which affects their ability to focus on learning, ultimately leading to behavioural issues that may impact their grades and leave them feeling deflated and without purpose.
Homeschooling provides an alternative where parents can provide appropriate learning methods and materials tailored to their children’s needs.
Customised learning materials and lesson plans are specifically tailored to a child’s unique strengths and weaknesses, setting a learning pace that is more productive and beneficial – not at the pace that a traditional school dictates due to larger key performance indicators that measure success.
Having a parent or home school tutor who can focus on various educational methodologies can help a child better develop in ways that traditional schooling may not be able to deliver.
Benefits of Homeschooling
Homeschooling can be personalised to individuals, providing the building blocks that develop a child’s ability to focus and retain information at their pace.
In a homeschool environment, children are given the time and space to articulate their thinking and communicate ideas in a much more intimate and encouraging setting than a classroom, allowing kids the opportunity to flourish with an education process that works for them.
A paced learning experience gives certain students who feel frustrated or fall behind in classes the breathing space to study at their pace. Students can then retain information that resonates with their learning style and gives parents and tutors a clearer picture of how their child learns and how they can support their learning journey.
Materials and Curriculum
Homeschooling allows learning materials and lesson plans to be designed and supported by online homeschool tutors and parents who understand their children’s needs more intimately than in a classroom environment where the teacher must focus on seamlessly bringing a full classroom of children along at a cohesive pace.
A bespoke curriculum allows children to develop a sense of purpose to be more productive and not feel like they are constantly falling.
Allowances for Special Needs
Well-structured homeschooling benefits students with neurodivergent conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and ADHD, where students can learn without disruption and from someone they feel comfortable with. It also provides an environment where children feel safe and not overstimulated by unfamiliar surroundings.
More control over educational philosophies
Homeschooling lets children adapt to a particular interest they may express an interest in or what triggers the best response to learning, i.e. visual learner, audio or kinesthetic teaching styles.
Parents, tutors and students can work together to draw from a range of learning styles that helps their ability to grow.
Better social development
One common concern regarding homeschooling is a lack of social interaction with a student’s peers and the fear that a child’s social skills will not develop correctly. But despite the contact time with other children, they live very social lives outside their studies.
Modern homeschooling involves online meetings between multiple home students and their teachers, allowing children to interact with other students virtually throughout the week without the noise and distractions accompanying a large classroom environment.
Lions Education: A New Approach
In the past, homeschooling has been misrepresented, with the broader public not believing in the legitimacy of the style of education. While the concept may not suit every family or child’s needs, sufficient evidence suggests that homeschooled children can benefit academically.
It ultimately depends on family circumstances and the child’s needs, but if you are considering homeschooling your child, why not consider Lions Education homeschooling?
Homeschooling allows parents, tutors and students to create a tailored learning environment that engages students’ attention, memory, and recall more effectively.
Our Lions Education homeschooling Educators are dedicated to providing world-class homeschool education solutions in the East Coast and Darwin area that can adapt to our world’s changing educational landscape.
We offer complete home school education solutions, including:
- Senior (Year 11 and 12)
- Transitions to tertiary pathways
Register to enrol online, or contact us today to learn more about the Lions Education approach to learning.