Why am I considering homeschooling?
My son just finished nursery (Junior Casa) this March, and I am really proud of him since he received lots of medals, but I am considering to try homeschooling for my son this coming school year. I thought about this when I attended the HAPI event at Expo Kid. Now, my days are being spent researching and reading more about homeschooling.
Here are my reasons why I am considering it now:
– Up to now, I am not sure what kind of teaching is really best for my son- traditional, progressive or montessori. He has Hyperlexia and his reading skill is quite excellent compared to other kids his age, but unfortunately, he has poor reading comprehension abilities. If he will go to a traditional school, this weakness might not be given the proper attention. So, since I know him more than anyone else, I can customize his curriculum based on what he needs. I can focus on his weaknesses to improve his skills more.
Health and Diet
– My son was tested to be G6PD positive on his new born screening, so the doctors gave us a list of foods and medicines that are forbidden for him. If he will be homeschooled, I can watch and control what he eats and drinks.
– Traditional schools implement the time and schedule of the class. Here in our area, some classes starts as early as 6 o’clock in the morning and I know how stressful waking up early can be to some children (because that happened to me when I was young). If I will homeschool my son, we can set our study time based on his wake up call. Through this he can work better because he is not going to be stressed early in the morning.
– I want to teach my son the morals and values that will hopefully make him a better person when he is already on his own. This is challenging since I need to watch out my actions and be a good role model for him.
Freedom from Peer and bullies
– My son has poor socialization skills. Kids his age will find him odd. We are already focusing on this with his occupational therapy. I want him to be able to learn socialization from me, his dad and close relatives first so that he will be more mature and knowledgeable.
Save more (or not)
– They say that homeschooling is cheaper, a program may only cost around P15,000-P25,000 per year while regular school tuition fees now range from P30,000-P100,000 excluding transportation allowances. But, since one parent needs to stay at home and do the teaching, it might come a time when this homeschooling may also be expensive. What I am considering is the transportation. We are going to transfer from Manila to Cavite this year and our place in Cavite is still a remote area. There are not much public transportations available and I am not sure if there is a good school nearby too.
As of now, those are the things that made me think of homeschooling my son. I am not yet decided though, so I am still praying if this is what God wants us to do with our child and considering the pros and cons of it.
Do you know someone who homeschooled their kids? What did you observe? Are the kids in homeschool better or not?