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Homeschooling has a specific characteristic of being freedom in learning. For that feature, many homeschoolers have applied the children delight directed method or whatever name it has. In that method, learning is based on children's interest. This is the most ideal homeschooling method ever, in my opinion. There are a lot of benefits
- Children will be more enthusiastic in learning based on their interest.
- They should be able to manage their own learning time
- Parents will have more time to do other things and the learning process is very natural
Unfortunately, since not everyone can do the children delight directed method, there are some other homeschooling methods available. The way they were applied to each family is also unique. Our family is included into the eclectics since we combine some homeschooling methods and customize them based on the children's need and learning styles.
The Benefits of Using Textbooks
We are not ready with the children delight directed methods yet, but we will do it one day. At the moment, we use some textbooks from some curriculum for some reasons:
- I think that using textbooks is more organized.
Most textbooks we use have been supplemented with the teacher's guides, so that I don't need to work hard on scheduling the lessons, assignments, and discussing the answers with my children.
- I feel less worried on the lessons coverage.
My children participate in the national examination. Therefore, we would like to make sure that children have covered the national standards. However, we don't use the national textbooks like what the public and private schools use. We use mostly books we purchase online, except for the Bahasa Indonesia and Civics. We prefer to have textbooks that are created by homeschoolers and for homeschoolers. There are some differences for homeschooling textbooks and curriculums.
- Using the textbooks is more practical.
The most beneficial point we have is that I don't need to search for the resources anymore. It doesn't mean that we just receive everything we have in the textbooks. We still look up for some further inquiry turning up during the lessons, but at least we don't start from zero.
The Dangers of Using Textbooks
Using the textbooks really have already pampered us in homeschooling. However, we need to watch out for some dangerous aspects of using the textbooks in homeschooling.
- We should avoid the dangers of being enslaved by the textbooks
Using textbooks can make homeschoolers feel their schedule much more crowd. We should not be tightened by the target written in the guide book, but we should choose which one is the more prioritized or more important before we put the lesson lists into our schedule.
- We should watch out for customization
Customization is the wonder of homeschooling. It will usually disappear for many people when they use the textbooks. Many homeschoolers feel that they have been saved by the textbooks so that the become lazy to be more creative to adapt the materials for the children.
- We might think that the lessons would be scarier
As the textbooks usually have complete information and activities, we are usually discouraged to go deeper on each item. By skimming the teacher's guide, we think that the lessons would be very crowded and scary. In this case, we should always remember to be more selective in choosing which one that will be suitable with the children and which one is not really important. One more time, it is a case of prioritizing.
Do you use textbooks in your homeschooling?