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“Your daughter was telling her class that she has a boyfriend” were the words that I heard from my daughter’s teacher. With those words I realized I have entered into another level of parenthood. Oh, and did I mention this was in Sunday school class and I am a pastor, yeah.  I had known for a while that there was a boy in her class who liked her, who would come over to our house to ask if she could play. I knew that sooner or later this would come up, although I figured she would be 14 not 8 when it did. So what is a father to do? Here are a few things that I have, as her dad, thought about and learned from this.

I am sure there will be plenty more and some of these may be wrong, but I figured I am wanting to be…

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Home schooling is a method where kids learn out of interest and curiosity and not to please the adults in power. It is to provide an educational program to an individual outside of established schools or any other educational institution. It is one of most rapidly growing trends in education in the United States.

How Did It Start?

It is not known when exactly it was started. Flipping the pages of history, we notice that almost all the great rulers like Alexander The Great and the royal class kids were home schooled. It was said that public schools were failing and will continue to fail since it does not deliver a satisfactory quality of education.

Is It The Right Choice?

”Why to home school when public schools are available?” This must be the question lingering in your mind. Well, home is the most effective place where one learns the basic lessons of life – truth, honor, self-control, self-respect, the value of education, virtue, honest work and the purpose and privilege of life. There is no other place other than home in nurturing and teaching children.

The Environment

The most decisive element to a successful home schooling is the ambiance that is conducive to learning. The environment may differ but the result would be the same, i.e. kids would enjoy learning. It is up to the parents how creatively they prepare it for their kids. The corners of learning may have quiet and cozy reading space, bookshelves crammed with great books, a listening corner with headphones and bean bags, and a number of activity books. So there it is, you get the idea! Creating such a space makes learning fun.

Why Is It Better?

The primary reason is dissatisfaction from public education system. Other reasons include:

  1. Being able to impart knowledge on various beliefs and morals
  2. Physically safer environment to learn in
  3. Personal attention and one to one interaction
  4. Higher academic records
  5. Discipline which a public school lacks
  6. Prevention from the negative peer pressure
  7. Considerably higher levels of exposure
  8. Developing strong bonds of parent-child relationship

Parental Tips

It needs a lot of commitment, time, focus, patience and dedication to home school a child. It takes 2 to 3 hours on a daily basis to devote to your child’s curriculum. It is a hard work and a big responsibility providing home education to your children. It is ultimately you who is responsible for the child, and not any other person or organization. It is an extremely large responsibility and should not be taken carelessly and lightly.


  1. School’s aim is to mint money so that the business keeps running. On the other hand, they are producing mere slaves for the workforce. Home schooling creates unique individuals who fulfill their talents, expectations and potentials with determination.
  2. Balanced learning which helps a child focused and interested in what so ever he/she is learning. It gives your child to learn at his/her own pace.
  3. There is time and schedule flexibility. A child is not confined to the academic calendar. Scheduling vacations and trips any time would not be a problem.
  4. Parents can control the academic curriculum according to the child’s learning capacity.
  5. Parents are secured about the kind of education being provided to the child and the child will be under their guidance all the time.
  6. Custom and design the time table according to the needs of the child.
  7. Home schooled kids are less aggressive and are more tolerant.


  1. Home schooling would affect the family income as full time employment would be difficult.
  2. It is important to love your children and be ‘you’. If you cannot be yourself, your kids are better off in school.
  3. Big money is spent on family and since there are kids with you all the time, you will end up buying more and more books.
  4. Home schooling is time consuming, dynamic and intense. And of course if you fail, you have yourself to blame.

Number of people are opting for home education for their children. And if so, many people are doing it, then something is definitely right about it. Parents thinking of home schooling their children must think hard and do ample research before they take any decision.

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By Josh

There is a growing movement amongst preppers to homeschool as a preparatory measure prior to a potential disaster or emergency situation. They argue that the experience is beneficial for both kids and parents, and it permits them to better prepare their entire family for what may come. However, there are others who claim that the expense, time, and effort might be too much compared to the advantages gained. As I myself benefited from both public and home schooling during my young life, I thought I’d give interested prepping parents a helpful guide to see if homeschooling would give them sufficient advantage to be worth the costs.

A quick definition of the common types of schooling

You may already be well aware of what “homeschooling” looks like vs what public schooling does, but let me clarify things real quick:

  • Homeschooling. Teaching your kids at home, where one or both…

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Home Schooling

When thinking about the putting your children through home school versus public or private school, you really should make sure that you understand all of the criteria involved in at home education.

There is a special set of rules that a parent, guardian, or tutor must abide by when home schooling children, so if you decide that home schooling is the best option for your children, you need to do a little research in finding out what criteria you and your child must meet.

There are actually a number of reasons as to why parents opt to home school their children. They include

  • Religious reasons.
  • Family reasons.
  • Poor learning environment at the school.
  • Object the lessons of public school.
  • The child has a disability or is special needs.
  • Transportation issues.
  • Public or private school did not challenge the child.
  • The child could not get into the desired private school.
  • The parents career.

When it comes to making the decision to home schooling your children, you really need to weigh both the pros and the cons.

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5 Advantages to Home Schooling

  1. Personalized Schedule. Many parents feel that their kids work better at different times of the day than what a public or private school allows for. So, home schooling allows parents and children to work out a schedule that will best work for the child. Some children work best and learn best in the morning, noon, or evening, so being able to set the learning schedule up in a way that allows the child o succeed is definitely an advantage.
  2. Varied Learning Subjects. In public and private schools there is a set curriculum that each subject must abide by, so by home schooling you are able to control which areas of the different subjects you want to put more emphasis on. This, also, allows you to add courses into the home school curriculum that a normal, say, third grader would not get in organized classes.
  3. Flexibility in Time. You can set your child’s learning curriculum around vacations, illnesses, and other surprise events. Where in a public school, children tend to be allotted so many days they can miss without both the child and the parents getting into trouble.
  4. Flexibility in Curriculum. There is, also a certain flexibility around what is taught, not just when. If you go to a public event or on home school field trip, your children may have questions about the topic at hand. Home schooling allows for a break in the normal curriculum so that you can further discuss and do activities towards the questions in a more in- depth manner.
  5. Knowing Your Kids. This is the biggest advantage of home schooling. You are able to enjoy your children and watch them grow and learn on a daily basis. Home schooling allows you to really get to know your kids on a whole different level than packing them on the bus for school in the mornings.


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5 Disadvantages to Home Schooling

  1. Not Enough Time. Because home schooling your kids is really a full time job, you just may not have enough time in the day to do what you need to get done. You have to full research topics and prepare lessons, set up projects and field trips. You will have to spend time keeping yourself organized, and on top of all that, you have to teach.
  2. No Time for Work. Because home schooling takes up a lot of time in preparation and delivery, you may run out of time for house hold duties and chores.
  3. Personal Space. When home schooling your kids, you will have to give a lot of yourself away. You will pretty much loose your personal, quiet time. So, if you opt to home school your kids, make sure to schedule in time each day for yourself.
  4. A Lot of Pressure. Because everyone has their own unique style to home schooling, you may end up finding yourself comparing your techniques with those of other parents. This can put a lot of pressure on you to up the anti, so to speak.
  5. They Just Don’t Listen. Parents who do not have regular control over their kids, may feel overwhelmed with the decision to home school. In these situations, you will just run yourself ragged running after the kids, preparing lessons, cleaning the house, and maybe even running that home business. Make sure that you have control over your children’s behaviors before you decide to home school.

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