Homeschool or private schooling, also referred to as private education, is an education of children in a private environment or at various locations other than the public school. There is a distinction between homeschool and private education. Homeschool is generally done in the home, though some geographical areas may have home school associations that have some communal classes that involve the gifts and talents of various parents over larger classes of children.
Private school is generally a religious school or a paid-to-educate school, and has a regular school structure with regular teachers. A number of private schools have been accredited by the government and may serve as educational centers for children from all over the world.
Parents who decide to send their child to a home school or private school usually select the curriculum and instruction based on based on what they feel will suit the child best, as well as personal family circumstances.
There are many private schools around, some of which are operated by the government and some of them are privately run. A few of the most well-known and respected private schools include Boston University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Hillsdale College.
Public schools, on the other hand, may provide a wider spectrum of learning. In a large school district, there may be more offerings to public school students. On the other hand, it is known that not all school districts or schools are equal in quality. Just because it is paid school education, it does not necessarily mean it is more rigorous than homeschooling.
In general, students in private schools are subjected to more rigorous academic standards and are usually required to follow a more uniform academic routine. However, many home-schooled children excel. The parents are dedicated to seeing that their children receive a good education, they are motivated, they are engaged, and they make sure their children do not “fall between the cracks” as can happen in a public school.
Private schools have many advantages over public schools. Homeschooled children are not bound by public school curricula and they are usually allowed to attend their own classes according to their own schedule. Homeschooled children may also learn at their own pace and in a way that is conducive to their personal development. This helps make homeschooling more effective. The fact is, while there is flexibility, generally there is a certain structure that is followed at home as well. Organization is organization whether inside or outside of a public school and all things done well have a certain degree of organization, albeit it is determined by the parents in the home school situation.
An advantage of homeschooling is that it allows students to make progress as quickly as they can without the pressure of being supervised by others. Parents are free to use their own gifts and talents in teaching their children.
Regardless, of whether or not they prefer to enroll their children in a public school or a lot of parents still prefer to homeschool for the benefit of their children’s development and intellectual development. Most people who homeschool believe that public schools are unable to effectively teach children about morality and ethics. They prefer to avoid the distraction of a public classroom environment and the risk of having their children judged by a teacher or public school administrators and parents of their peers.
A good example of how a home school works would be a parent who homeschools his child. The same child attends church with his friends. He attends the same Sunday school and plays music in the choir and performs as a gospel singer.
Private homeschool classes also allow parents to choose the curriculum and subjects that they wish to teach and they are not subjected to the standards imposed by public schools. There is also an option of having one class taught by a private tutor or another home school parent. Parents can team teach. For example, one dad may teach about changing a tire. A mom might teach sewing. Another parent might teach piano, or art. There can be paid classes. There is a lot of freedom and creativity involved in working out solutions for the children. Even though the children will continue to learn the same academic information that is required by public schools, the curriculum and subject matter will be set up to suit the child’s individual needs.
Home school curriculums can be as complex or as simple as a parent wants. It does not matter what kind of material or subject matter a child is interested in learning. In general, parents tend to keep it as much simplified as possible. They may provide books from their own collection or borrow them from friends or order them online.
Parents can make up their mind to have a formal or informal approach to their homeschooling sessions. Some parents feel that it is best for their children to receive all of their instruction through home schooling. With home school, it is possible to keep the teaching process informal so that children are able to learn at their own pace. That does not necessarily mean that children will learn slowly. Oftentimes, unhindered by a set schedule, children can move ahead and learn faster. It is not uncommon that by the time the child gets to high school, they are able to take dual credit classes from a local college because they are ahead of schedule. This becomes a benefit, because it is cheaper to take dual credit classes in high school, instead of taking the same class in college for a higher cost.