Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Homeschooling in Early Childhood Education

Is homeschooling the right decision for early childhood education?

Homeschooling has become increasingly popular over the past few years—as private schools become more expensive, and public schools near home aren’t a good option, it makes sense. But what about homeschooling for early childhood education. Is it detrimental to childhood development?

The obvious benefits include a 1:1 student teacher ratio, with parents being able to focus on their child, rather than being in a sometimes over crowded classroom where child’s needs aren’t always recognized right away. In addition, homeschooling also makes for more opportunities for creativity, as a school's curriculum can be quite regimented. The most obvious benefit is the flexible schedule, but is that really what your child needs to prepare them for the future?

Homeschooling during early childhood education offers many benefits, but with those, come many challenges. Since pre-school and kindergarten years are the ones that matter most from a developmental standpoint, it’s a critical time for a positive education experience. The experiences throughout early childhood will set the stage for the rest of a child’s life.

While even preschool is optional, it helps children develop both mentally and socially If homeschooling is the question, there’s no right or wrong answer, but it depends heavily on commitment from parents.

If you’ve homeschooled any of your children, or are considering it, or perhaps don’t believe in it, share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

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