Home Schooling in Adults: What Is It? How Does It Work?
Education keeps you ahead. Always.
Section 1: What is home schooling?
Most people wonder what home schooling is. Home schooling is one of the most misunderstood practices today, yet it is one of the most widely practiced home education paths available.
Here’s what the information out there about it seems to say:
Home schooling is when you have children home with you during the day.
Home schooling is for homeschooling parents.
Home schooling is an education strategy that your children will use while in school.
Home schooling is a large, closed-off “retirement option.”
It’s hard to find even a single article that goes into the main advantages of home schooling, let alone how to start.
I would like to help rectify this oversight! Please join me in this ongoing series that will explore the many advantages of home schooling.
How does it work?
There’s no turning back. You can always start again but that doesn’t mean you have to feel stuck.
If you love what you are doing, the idea of your classwork disappearing and no-one watching over you…or even checking in on you… is more than enough to make you start every day wanting to get out of the door.
Reading over this, do I sound like a motivational speaker? Well you get the idea!
I thought you might. Don’t worry, I won’t make you “pray” (by the way, my mentor always told us “don’t pray”, we must’ve picked it up from our youth ministers) but what I am going to do is hope you find this encouraging and motivating.
So you get it.
If you love your job and you love homeschooling then let your passion show. Don’t let this discourage you.
How does it affect your life?
Two (or more) or even three years ago the answers would have been, “Lots!” but not anymore.
Today, a majority of home schooling adults report that:
I wish I had done a bit more formal education before I started home schooling
I don’t know enough to have confidence in teaching my children
I wish that I had done more prep before starting home schooling
But, if you’re like most home schooling parents, you still do a tremendous amount of educating and planning for your home schooling journey. And, in my opinion, if you’re planning to home school older children, you should probably plan on being an educator, not just a parent.
Why home school?
There are many reasons why someone might home school a child. These are just a few examples:
Home schooling can allow you to
pay more attention to your child
differentially invest in your child’s education
provide a less stressful environment
the chance to change curriculums and teaching styles
Do you home school?
Should you home school?
Here are some things to consider before you start home schooling your kids:
Are you happy with the curriculum? You want to be sure that you understand the benefits and disadvantages to your child of the curriculum.
You want to be sure that you understand the benefits and disadvantages to your child of the curriculum.
Who can benefit from home schooling?
Home schooling in adults is a very different process than regular home schooling, but may be the same motivation, love, and need for success and growth. A home schooled adult is someone who has completed high school or higher, but did not finish an accredited college or university degree. The home schooling would be to complete the school requirements needed to get a high school diploma, to upgrade high school courses needed to obtain a GED, or to pursue a GED (Graphic Discussed) if they did not complete high school. Generally, a home schooling adult would be a young adult aged 18-35 years old.
Home schooling would only be a viable option for a parent, guardian, or other caretaker who wants to home school.
What are the challenges of home schoolin adults?
The primary challenge is that many people do not know that they are qualified to teach their own children, they are too young, they don’t have the time, or they don’t understand how the school system works. Sometimes, parents are not interested in learning about homeschooling at all, and feel that there is little value in attempting to teach their own child.
The second challenge of home schoolin adults is that many think that because they are not a public school teacher, it is pointless to take the time to learn the ins and outs of homeschooling. For others, they simply don’t know what they are getting into and are afraid that they are going to mess things up. They just haven’t heard about what homeschooling entails.
However, these things do not matter.
The story you’re about to read is one of two friends who were both becoming a little disheartened in life and marriage. They had failed to realize their true potential. Though at one point in time they had strived for success in the workplace, neither had been able to achieve the fulfillment and prosperity they had hoped for.
As a result of a series of negative experiences, these friends agreed to enroll in an educational course with an established name in education. The plan was to end their lives as serfs and live as masters in their own homes, under the government’s rules, but with the ability to use the natural world and nature to further their education at will.
The plan was simple. After being ordered into the depths of the woods, they were to be left alone for days at a time.