How Does Homeschooling Affect Children
How does homeschooling affect children in later life?
How does homeschooling affect children is a common question many home educating families will have asked themselves before commencing their homeschooling journey.
There’s the common myth that homeschooling produces children who don’t know how to socialise, follow any educational curriculum or gain qualifications. But this couldn’t be further from the truth with our students at Wolsey Hall.
When students enrol with our Cambridge approved school, they receive a structured and high quality education, that develops their academic and non-academic abilities. Although their Tutors and Student Progress Managers are always available for help and support, homeschooling does require children to strengthen some key skills that will really benefit them later on.
Working independently, learning perseverance and problem-solving, using their own initiative and learning to manage their own time and studies. Traditional schools develop these skills in children too but with homeschooling, students are required to do these at a higher level as adult supervision is less hands on. It can be argued that without being in a classroom, children also aren’t exposed to bullying or peer pressure which can have a detrimental effect on self-esteem. Homeschooled students learn in a safe and comfortable environment where they can focus fully on their studies.
Many homeschooling parents are acutely aware of ensuring their children have fulfilling social lives and develop crucial social skills for later in life. They often mix with a variety of ages through other homeschooling groups, day trips out and voluntary and community organisations. This ability to communicate with a range of people, regardless of their background or age, is a worthwhile skill to have. It stands them in good stead for their adult working life.
Families may choose homeschooling because they are travelling around or living in various countries. This exposure to different cultures and languages provides a wealth of experience to children, opening their minds to the wider world.
Gifted children are often homeschooled too. Traditional schools aren’t often able to accommodate students who excel in particular subjects which can lead to frustration and boredom. Homeschooling for a gifted child can really set them free as they determine the pace and level of their learning. This is actually true for all homeschooled children. Setting their own pace for learning increases confidence in their abilities.
So in a nutshell, homeschooling develops children in many different ways. Becoming a self-starter and independent thinker who’s confident to articulate their ideas and opinions – now who wouldn’t want those skills for their child?