|Aviation is not a typical elective in |
public school, but it can be
for home schoolers.
- The opportunity to independently study any topic with primary source materials. No one is limited by the textbooks' information. Books, documentaries, news articles, letters and even in-person/email/ Skype interviews can be easily added to the learning experience. I love asking my kids how they know something and the answer is not just "that is what my book (or teacher) said". (Nor is it, "that is what google said.")
- Explore interest such as learning to play an instrument, voice lessons, scuba diving, flying a plane, horticulture, animal care, sewing, cooking...there are no limits.
- Explore how our community works and meet the people who are resources in our community. Home school kids learn through volunteerism, observation and questions as they interact as part of the community instead of just studying about the community. This is especially true at election time! My kids knew more about the library bond issue than I did and could discuss its merits and drawbacks with any one in town.
- The kids learn how to learn without constant supervision. Home schooling usually requires kids to learn how to find information themselves because no one is hand feeding it to them. Most of the time, the kids work on their own on projects and assignments without help. When the kids need help, my first question is usually, "What have you tried?" followed by, "What else can you do to try to solve this problem?"
- Not limited by labels like "gifted" or "special" or the million other categories that kids can get put into in a school setting. I'm amazed by how many home school kids who would probably qualify to be labeled as "learning disabled" go to college.
- No distractions by immature social behaviors like malicious gossip or teasing, and the kids learn to ignore and not participate in these behaviors when they see them in peers.
- I learn more as they learn. (Okay, truthfully...sometimes I remember what I learned as they learned...but I hate to admit what I've forgotten.) Plus tutors assure that kids are not limited by my knowledge, interests or skills.
- A few last benefits....awesome field trips, other amazing home school families to give you support and getting to be amazed by my kids' creativity and hard work because I see their skills develop first hand.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth. ~~II Timothy 2:15 KJV