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Homeschool is a Good Educational Choice

By Charles Hopkins Published 11/28/2007 | Parenting
More people everyday are turning to homeschooling their children. Violence in schools, poor curriculum and excessive homework, are all reasons why parents have chosen an alternative to government education. There are many more examples for parents wanting to educate their children at home. The decision to do so is the responsibility of the parent.

Homeschool today is not simply keeping your children home while you become their teacher. Surprising to some, homeschooling has become much more sophisticated today than in years past. There are numerous tutorial programs, online curriculums and DVD instruction, that are used to help educate your children.

One of the more interesting means of homeschooling is through the tutorial. Many tutorials are started at churches where parents and teachers select exactly the curriculum that is taught to the kids. The burden of teaching is removed from these parents while a more experienced individual, many times a former teacher, instructs the children on the various topics.

The tutorials generally have a cost associated with the class, as the teacher generally expects to get paid. However, for parents with limited recollection of 8th grade algebra or 10th grade literature, it can be worth the expense.

The tutorials give the home schooled child a place to meet other children as well receive needed instruction on the various subjects. Most tutorials are given on a single day of the week. All the material for the class is gone over that will be required for the week. The student is then required to complete the lessons before the next tutorial.

Not all tutorials are given as traditional classes. Many parents use tutors to instruct their child on specific topics such as music appreciation or a foreign language. These arrangements are made outside a typical tutorial class.

Another similar program that many communities set up is a Co-op. A co-op is simply a group of people who get together to teach their children within the group. Each homeschool parent takes a turn teaching the children. If the Co-op meets once a week, each parent will take a turn each week teaching the children. The more parents in the Co-op the fewer times there will be responsibility to teach.

Homeschooling is an excellent way for your children to learn. Society has a difficult time understanding how rewarding homeschool can be to both the child and to the parent. With programs like the Co-op or tutorials, traditional schooling can be mingled with the advantages of the parent having control of how their child is educated.