By Sally Writes,
Over the past decade more and more parents in India have been choosing to homeschool children, believing it is the right choice for them. The debate over the legality of homeschooling has long been put to bed; armed with the knowledge that homeschooling is not breaking any laws, more and more parents, especially in cities, are giving up their well-paid jobs to home educate.
Home schooling is now so popular in India that most cities have homeschool communities which are part of a wider national community – the Swashikshan Indian Association of Homeschoolers. Swashikshan will have its fifth national conference this year, which is testament to not only the popularity but the support that there is in India for this method of education. Many parents of home schoolers find Swashikshan an invaluable source of support and resources.
Opportunities to be creative
One of the many reasons parents make this choice is the breadth of experience and the opportunities home schooling can offer in comparison to traditional schooling. Parents can also encourage creativity and consider their own child’s particular learning style when preparing their lessons. Some parents have concerns that schools stifle creativity. Now, in 2017 we know that the world of business needs creativity in its workforce more than ever and that companies often outsource for their needs. Homeschooling means their creativity can be encouraged until it blooms.
Some might say that by not going to school your child will miss out on making friends and learning valuable social skills. Parents of home schoolers argue that this is absolutely not the case. With the support of the community your child will not become completely isolated but find they meet with groups of similarly home educated children. There are also plenty of opportunities for extracurricular activities, day trips or even traveling together as a family.
Ringing the changes
As parents, we all want what’s best for our children and often worry unnecessarily about the right course of action. We might be concerned that we don’t know how to teach and if this is the case, these games are ideal for younger children. The important thing to remember is that you do have a choice. If you’re worried that your child isn’t getting a well-rounded education or is spending too much time learning facts by rote without any understanding of why, maybe it’s time to make a change. Home-schooling could be the right choice for your children.