Home Learning

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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Home learning takes on sundry forms, none of which is the single definitive method of educating young children. There are home schoolers who believe that public schools are inherently evil. While that may be a bit extreme, it's clear that schools, which are often home to gangs, drugs, and other destructive elements, are, at best, flawed. That doesn't mean that you ought to yank your child out of class immediately and embark on a home schooling curriculum.

Then there are home learning advocates who feel that education should never be restricted to the classroom or the home. They usually reason that schools serve an important social function, a forum for kids to meet, interact, conflict, and solve problems. Without this, they say, children may grow up overly sheltered, which can leave them ill-prepared to deal with so-called "real-world" situations. At the same time, they are loathe to let the public school system single-handedly determine the quality of their children's education. The result is a two-pronged approach that gives kids the best of both worlds.

Experts Agree on Home Learning

Even the most steadfast supporters of the public school system maintain that parents must be involved with their children's education on the homefront. Without this, kids often have no context for the skills and abilities they cultivate in the classroom. They may learn techniques such as estimating, as one example, but without a family trip to the grocery store have no real reason to put that skill to use.

Adults who incorporate home learning through the use of games, puzzles, sports, outings, and nature walks (just to name a few) also indicate their willingness to learn along with their sons and daughters. When these kids see that Mom and Dad are equally as invested in learning as they are, it often motivates them to ask more questions and seek out additional sources of information on their own.

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