Many parents ask what are the main differences between learning in school and home education?
That’s quite difficult to answer as these differences develop from the fundamental approach and philosophy to education, quite different to an institutional one, which home school families develop over time through a variety of approaches.
But here are ten most noticeable differences and the ones which make the home educating approach so successful.
- Flexibility and complete choice and control over the learning experience enabling the child to learn in a way most effective for them. It also means the child has some say in what happens to them in the name of education.
- Choice in what to learn and when. There are no subject, age, curriculum or test restrictions other than those you choose.
- Varied learning approaches. These could be structured, autonomous, prescriptive or incidental, practical, active or academic. Inside or out, formal or relaxed, alone or in groups…the variety is up to individual families. Variety keeps learning fresh and kids motivated.
- A more natural social experience with a wide range of people from all ages, backgrounds and settings.
- Learning can be tailor made to the individual’s needs rather than institutional needs, e.g. school and politics.
- There is no need for personal suffering of any kind, whether bullying, anxiety, unhappiness, eroded self esteem, stress, etc. Education can be made into the inspirational, up-lifting and life-enhancing experience it should be.
- You can utilise the individual’s interests, build on strengths and support weaknesses, develop potential often wasted in a school setting.
- Learning and life become integrated, as is more natural, rather than separated from one another and you can utilise learning opportunities in the real world. Consequently there is plenty of opportunity to build essential life skills like independence, motivation, organisation, social and emotional aptitude, and confidence.
- You can holiday when you want! Travel becomes the educational experience it rightfully is.
- The family can work together rather than parents feeling excluded from their child’s education which, parents report, strengthens family bonds. Especially useful during the teen years!