Traditional free, public classroom education in public schools has been the norm for about 5 generations. However, an increasing number of parents are recognizing the advantages of providing their children with a one-on-one education through homeschooling or private schooling. These alternative approaches offer a more hands-on educational experience compared to the packet, worksheet, and test-based pedagogical methods commonly found in public schools. In this article, we will explore the benefits of one-on-one education and highlight why homeschooling is a viable and effective choice for many families, regardless of the soon to be educators previous professional status.
Personalized Learning Experience
One of the most significant advantages of one-on-one education is the ability to tailor the curriculum to the specific needs and learning styles of each child. This is the most interesting and most intimidating thing about homeschooling. Unlike large classrooms where teachers must cater to the average student, student behavior (good or bad), as well as varying student needs, homeschooling allows for a personalized approach that takes into account individual strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This personalized learning experience fosters a deeper understanding and a more profound love for learning, promoting academic success and personal growth. These are things that last a lifetime and give the extra push of support needed when the learning process becomes frustrating, as it often does.
Individualized Instruction and Support
In one-on-one education, teachers can devote their undivided attention to a single student, ensuring that their instructional methods are effective and engaging. This focused approach allows educators to identify and address learning gaps promptly, providing targeted support and remediation as needed. This is something that can strengthen the parent to child bond as well because both parties feel understood when given the time to discuss difficulties with the learning process. We all have these stresses, but it is about how we face them. With homeschooling a great deal of mindset and virtue is discussed with many lessons. This is one of many opportunities involved in the choice to homeschool. Additionally, students receive immediate feedback on their work, facilitating continuous improvement and a greater sense of accomplishment.
Flexible Pace and Curriculum
Traditional public schools often follow a standardized curriculum and set the pace for an entire class, leaving little room for customization. Not to mention the sheer amount of time that would take each teacher makes that option difficult to reach. Homeschooling, on the other hand, offers the flexibility to adapt the curriculum to the child's abilities, interests, and learning style. Homeschools also do not need to follow the uniformity that public schools do, especially those caught in a loop of state funding. This flexibility enables students to delve deeper into subjects of interest,and especially subjects not so interesting to the student, and explore real-world applications. Through these experiences memories are made that cultivate a love for lifelong learning. The freedom to tailor the pace of instruction ensures that students grasp concepts thoroughly before moving on, promoting a solid foundation of knowledge.
Enhanced Hands-On Learning
Hands-on learning experiences are a hallmark of homeschooling and private education. Unlike the predominantly worksheet and test-based approach in many public schools, homeschooling allows for immersive, experiential learning. Homeschooling allows students to play in elephant toothpaste as long as they'd like, come inside, eat lunch, and then fill out their worksheets for the day in 4 minutes flat. Students have the opportunity to engage in field trips, experiments, projects, and real-world applications of knowledge, fostering a deeper understanding and retention of concepts. This hands-on approach nurtures critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and creativity, preparing students for success in the dynamic world beyond the classroom.
Stronger Teacher-Student Bond
The intimate nature of being your child's parent has a layer on you being their educator. This one-on-one relationship is already sacred in its own way, joyous and worthwhile. For homeschool mothers, the teacher relationship comingles with the mother relationship. This one-on-one approach to education creates a strong bond between the teacher and the student. This close relationship facilitates open communication, trust, and mentorship. Teachers/Mothers can truly understand their students' strengths, weaknesses, and aspirations, providing guidance and support tailored to their individual needs. The strong teacher-student bond fosters a positive learning environment, where students feel loved, truly enjoyed, comfortable asking questions, expressing their ideas, taking ownership of their education and as a result being accountable for their actions.
The Normality of Homeschooling
Contrary to popular belief, homeschooling is not an experimental or fringe educational choice. In fact, public schools, which are the grand experiment in education, are relatively recent institutions. Only a fraction of public schools were built before 1950, with the majority constructed between 1950 and 1985. Homeschooling along with private tutors to fill gaps in learning on the other hand, has been a prevalent and effective educational method throughout history, providing children with personalized, hands-on education long before the advent of public schools.
The advantages of one-on-one education, such as homeschooling, over large classroom education in public schools are numerous. The personalized learning experience, individualized instruction, flexibility, hands-on learning, and strong teacher-student bond contribute to academic success, personal growth, and a lifelong love for learning. Homeschooling is not something always available to each and every family, and I trust that you, dear reader, will know what is right for your family. Every family living the same life isn't feasible for everything! We need diversity in order to thrive. Homeschooling is not just a viable option, it is an incredible one. I hope you consider it in your family's journey! If you do please reach out to me.