It is likely by reading my blog that you have heard a little about homeschooling. Although for most of the history of education, homeschooling has been a popular option, it is still surprisingly rare for someone who doesn’t homeschool to understand it that well. But if you are interested in it, or you are considering it for your own child, whether they have autism or not, it is helpful to know a few of the things that are not so obvious. These are elements of the homeschooling process which you can’t easily know without being involved in it yourself. Let’s have a look at what they are, and what they might mean if you are considering it for your own child.
Guidelines Are A Headache – And A Hindrance
Even those who school their children at home have guidelines that they have to follow. So that means that if your local government has a syllabus for homeschoolers to follow, you are bound by that. Here’s the thing about those guidelines: they can be a real pain. Clearly, there is some value in having certain guidelines, and there are many things you would be glad that all children have to learn. But constantly having to keep up with the subtle and minor changes can be frustrating, and can even take time away from the learning process itself. In this way, they can actually limit education, and sometimes you wish that the guidelines were just a little looser or more lenient.
Homeschooling Takes Up Space
You might have an image in your head of a child at home being taught in the living room or their bedroom. It’s true that you can provide an education in pretty much any setting, but a subset of homeschooling parents would agree that it is best if you have a specific space set apart for the purpose. Finding that space is, for most people, quite a challenge. Homeschooling takes up more space than you would think with one of the earliest hurdles being trying to clear out room for it to happen as effectively as possible. You have to ask yourself: is there storage near me, so I can move some things out to make room? Can I teach my child in the garage? Get the space wrong, and it can make homeschooling seem like a chore.
The Internet Is A Mixed Blessing
It’s not actually all on the homeschool mom to deliver every bit of the education. These days, many people use a number of online courses, and these can actually be incredibly useful in delivering an education to your child. But the Internet, as we all know, is also something of a playground, and it is a constant struggle for many parents to try and keep their kids from simply wasting time. In this way, you can never quite pass the buck – you always have to keep an eye on your child, just in case.
Homeschooling can be both a blessing and a curse. You mess up your child’s education and you can seriously mess up their future opportunities. It’s even to keep you up at night worrying if you’re doing enough. Without a shadow of a doubt, I can tell you it has been worth every sleepless night. Does it work for everyone? No but you won’t know until you give it a try.