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Why let Tim and Lisa learn at home rather than sending them to school? Well, first of all, you don't have to wake them up at 7:00 o'clock in the morning each day, bundle them off to school with umpteen instructions, and wait around with an anxious heart 'til they return. Homeschooling gives you more control over the various influences that affect your child. The growth and development of your child are removed from the influence of the unknown. You, and you alone, can decide what your child needs to do and to learn. Being able to tailor the curriculum to suit the needs and interests of your child is one of the most obvious benefits of homeschooling.

Individual attention is another important benefit of homeschooling. For instance, if Lisa needs more time to learn math, she can reduce the amount of time spent on her English lessons. There are no fixed hours of learning required per subject. This means that a child has the advantage of assigning more hours to the subject that seems tough WITHOUT any additional pressure. The amount of time needed to learn each subject can depend on the abilities and interests of the child.

The schooling of your child becomes a family activity. Parents get involved in every step of the learning process. Field trips and experiments become wonderful family activities. In this way, the child receives more quality time with his or her parents. The entire family shares chores, games, and projects. Family closeness becomes the focus. The child is also free of the influence of negative peer pressure when making choices and decisions.

Competition is limited when a child is homeschooled. The child does not need to prove his or her ability with regards to other children. His/her confidence remains intact. Since parents have a deeper understanding of their child, they can plan the learning program to pique the child's interest. It is also possible to intersperse the difficult tasks with fun activities. A tough hour with algebra can be followed by a fun trip to the museum. Suddenly, learning becomes fun. Parents can also tailor the curriculum to suit the learning style of each child. Some children learn best through reading, while others need to write, and still others need to see objects in action.

Homeschooling allows parents to take control of the moral and religious teaching of the child. Parents have the flexibility to incorporate their ideologies and beliefs into the child's curriculum. No confusion is caused in the child's mind from variation between what is being taught and what is being practiced.

Last, more and more parents are disillusioned with the public school system. They believe that their children are pushed too hard or too little. Other worrisome issues pertaining to discipline and ethics also make the school system less welcome. Many repudiate the educational philosophy of solely grouping children together on the basis of their age. Some parents have, themselves, unhappy memories of their own public school experience, which motivates them to opt for homeschooling for their own children.  

Homeschooling is the best way to teach a child if you have the time, the ability, and the interest, to follow through with his or her education. after all, nobody understands or appreciates your child more than yourself.
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