Parents who do not homeschool their children often think that their lives are much different than those who choose home education. However, this isn’t necessarily true. There are five things parents can learn from homeschoolers even if they don’t homeschool. Not to mention, there may be more similarities than not.
Create a Catered Education
One benefit of homeschooling is the ability to create a catered education for our children. Parents of traditionally schooled kids can do the same! Many public and private schools have upped the ability for students as young as middle school to participate in classes and workshops catered to a specific trade.
Majority of colleges today offer dual programs for students to enroll in college courses to get a head start on their higher education journey. These programs are great ways for children to get their feet wet in the field of their choice, with ample time to make any necessary changes.
There are also opportunities within communities offered by small (and large) businesses for students to do things like volunteer or complete an internship. Most homeschooling families are already aware of these opportunities, but this is something parents who don’t can learn from homeschoolers because it is available to all children.
Creative Ways to Learn
If there’s one thing most homeschooling families can do, it’s find creative ways to learn. I commend traditional school teachers who try to take learning outside the box, but the learning doesn’t have to stop there. Parents can carry on creative learning at home – especially when it comes to completing homework or important assignments.
Finding creative ways to help children learn will not only take the mundane out of the process, but also allow their creative juices to flow as well. Parents can learn a thing or two about their child’s learning styles when they invite them to brainstorm creative ways to making learning fun outside the traditional school setting.
What Parents Can Learn from Homeschoolers about Socialization!
Yep, that word – socialize. What most people don’t realize is that homeschooled children are just as, if not more, socialized as traditional school children. How can this be? For starters, we have many opportunities for socialization from play/park dates, field trips, CO-OP groups, and more.
Taking socialization beyond the school setting (and even sports) can open a world of possibilities for children. Incorporating weekend field trips and library-in-the-evening days are just a few unique ways to socialize beyond the classroom.
Build a Tight Family Dynamic
With traditionally schooled children spending the majority of their time around everyone but their family’s, it may seem hard to build a tight family dynamic. This is another one of those areas that seem to be a given for homeschooling families, but again – this isn’t always the case.
Some homeschooling families experience a parent being gone majority of the time due to work. Others may encounter issues with single-parenting homes. Regardless, building a tight family dynamic takes work. Being able to spend a lot more time with our children has its rewards, yes. But, we also have to be mindful and conscious in making the most of that time.
What can public school parents learn from homeschoolers? Finding unique ways to spend time together with no distractions is the start of building that strong family dynamic. Having open conversations and times to simply relax are just a few more ways.
Enjoy the Journey
Regardless if you are a homeschooling parent or a parent of children who attend a public/private school… enjoy the journey. Some homeschooling moms would admit that educating their children at home was the last thing they thought about doing.
Some may even admit that they are not particularly happy with homeschooling at the moment. And surely the same things can be said by parents who would love to homeschool their children. In the end, it’s all about enjoying the journey and embracing the process.
I’m not saying that homeschooling moms have it all together. Nor am I saying that there aren’t things to learn from parents with traditionally schooled parents. I just want to raise awareness that we can all learn a thing or two from one another, and that’s worth noting.
CHIME IN: What are some things you’ve learned from a homeschooling mom? Let me know in the comments below!