Homeschooling remains one of the most successful forms of alternative education. You’ve probably heard about home education in the past and may be carrying a few misconceptions that make you shy away. And it doesn’t help that the Internet is a sea of information and misinformation. Many parents think they can’t homeschool because both parents work. They worry they won’t be able to teach their children. Others think their child will lack social skills. None of those things could be farther from the truth.
Homeschooling Facts and Myths
If I homeschool my kids, they won’t get into college.
Nope. Homeschooled children are more likely to get and STAY in a 4 year college, 10% more likely, and they have higher college GPA’s. Why? Because education that is tailored to the student enables them to gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life after high school. 57% of graduating high schoolers are not ready for the academic requirements of college. At Bridgeway we put your child’s future goals, from ivy league to pro athletics, at the center of their high school plan. This gives you the peace of mind that you’re preparing your child for a successful future. Many of our students have gone on to Ivy League universities.
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Very few people homeschool their children.
More than 2.5 million children are homeschooled in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Why? The most common reason is that parents feel they can provide a better education for their child. And no wonder. We’ve fallen from #1 to #24 in the world for academics in 15 years. Government statistics show that the number of new homeschooling families is rising 15 to 20 percent each year. And the internet has opened doors to online classes, live hang outs, and so much more enabling homeschooled students to connect with others like them around the world.
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My child won’t be able to socialize properly with other children.
This myth is especially live and yet couldn’t be farther from the truth. Regardless of where they receive their education, children interact with parents, family members, neighbors, friends and people in the community. In fact, we know from experience that the socialization children get during homeschooling is healthier, happier and more productive than the socialization that occurs in most traditional schools.
My child won’t learn as well as he/she would in a traditional school.
Actually, homeschooled children learn better than those in traditional schools. Why? Because their learning style, their interest, their goals are put at the heart of their education. Homeschooling means your child’s experience isn’t about what is best for all, it’s about what is best for them. And that’s what works.
Traditional schools are forced to target the widest possible range of learning abilities and styles which can result in a less-than-effective educational experience for many children. With homeschooling, you can tailor education to your child. This kind of one-on-one attention is what makes homeschooling so effective.
My kids will just sit at home all day.
Homeschooled children are active, engaged, and involved in their learning. Because it’s not about what is best for everyone in the classroom, learning is focused on their needs, abilities, and interests. What better way for your child to learn a science lesson about butterflies than to go outside, observe them, take photos and craft a report?
I’m not qualified to teach my child.
You may not know it, but you have been your child’s most important teacher all along. Who taught him to walk and talk? To know right from wrong? To be kind? Those lessons are much harder to teach than long division. You may not be a trained teacher, but you know your child best.
My children won’t have access to extracurricular activities.
Homeschooling actually frees up time! Students study more efficiently and a lot more learning takes place in four hours of homeschool than in a traditional school setting. That means that homeschooled children have more time to pursue their hobbies and interests and develop their talents.
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My child won’t learn the right things.
One of the main reasons parents decide to homeschool is because they don t believe the public school system is teaching the right lessons and instilling the proper values. With a homeschool partner you have more control over what courses your child is going to take but still get the expert advice you need to ensure your child is taking the right courses. And a homeschool partner will keep records for you so you can focus on what’s most important, educating your child.
Homeschool families are all alike.
In fact, homeschoolers come from all over the country from a wide-range of political, religious, philosophical and socioeconomic groups. The two main reasons parents homeschool is a lack of trust in the public school system and the desire to spend more quality time with their children. One child may excel in multiplication, for example, but perform poorly in division. Another may have a sixth grade reading level but a third grade math level. Catering education to each child is just one of the many benefits of homeschooling.
All homeschool services are the same.
Some cyber schools and homeschool academies are very rigid in their curriculum and scheduling. Homeschoolers realize that there is a better way. Whether you’re seeking an alternative to public schools, have a child with special needs who requires additional attention, are nurturing an elite youth athlete or professional child actor with scheduling demands or want a values-based education for your child, a homeschool partner can help you reach your goals. Partnering with a homeschool academy rather than a cyber public school means that you have the freedom and flexibility you want in homeschooling. And working with a partner who knows homeschooling means that you access the courses your child needs to succeed.
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