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Homeschooling is very flexible in many different ways, including the methods and curriculum we use. There are several homeschooling methods that give more freedom and customization to children. Out of those various methods, the traditional school at home is often considered very old fashioned and boring. Even, I heard many people said that it is useless to use the traditional school at home method in homeschooling. It is better to send children to the real school rather than giving tight boundaries at home. Is that right?
Before I start with some topics about the school at home method, I would like to share some books I like about homeschooling
The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child: Your Complete Guide to Getting Off to the Right StartHome Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High SchoolHomeschool Basics: How to Get Started, Keep Motivated, and Bring Out the Best in Your KidsHomeschooling Methods: Seasoned Advice on Learning StylesThe Homeschooling Handbook, 2nd EditionThe Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Fourth Edition)The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: volume 2The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's ClassroomA Charlotte Mason Education: A Home Schooling How-To ManualHome Education (Charlotte Mason's Homeschooling Series)Teaching Montessori in the Home: Pre-School Years: The Pre-School Years
A Glance of Traditional School at Home
A Traditional School at Home family usually has a schoolish routine and attitude in learning.
- It works with school daily and weekly schedules.
- The family usually uses text books, educational materials, resources, and teaching methods that are the same with the schools.
- It sticks to the pre-set goals, objectives, and standards that the documents state.
- There are homework and papers that need grades
- The family follows the school holidays like the public schools.
Pros and Cons of Traditional School at Home
There isn't any perfect homeschooling methods in the world. There are always some pros and cons that we need to consider
Pros of Homeschooling with Traditional School at Home
- Traditional school at home is very structured. Both parents and kids will learn how to train themselves to be disciplined. I would like to say, it is like being in a military authority.
- Less creativity needs, so it might be suitable for families that don't have any interest in hands on things that need creativities.
- This system will enable parents to measure the children's benchmark based on the public school standards more easily.
Cons of Homeschooling with Traditional School at Home
- It will have a highly structured style that will not fit family's lifestyle with customized needs.
- The use of dry text books might lead to the boredom if the family adopt it without any space for flexibility and creativity at all.
- Since traditional school at home method use the text books, a family has to make more budget more to purchase text books more than other hands-on materials. The text books used might be different from year to year, the same as what the public schools use. It might make more expensive expenses.
- The number of graded paper and assignment might make parents burnt out as well.
- Playing catch up and test remedial to achieve the benchmark will give another stress if a family cannot adapt well.
- The use of uniforms and formal appearance (if you adopt it in the traditional school at home method) might make everyone more stressful than the use of pajamas and sandals.
The Existence of Traditional School At Home Method
Many new homeschooling families use the traditional school at home methods when they start homeschooling because they don't know other homeschooling methods or because they are not ready to try the other methods. Well, it is a freedom for homeschooling families to choose which method in their home education system. To avoid being burnt out, homeschooling families need to know the other homeschooling methods. However, none can force or always suggest people avoid the traditional school at home method. In fact, every homeschooling family is different.
In the beginning of this year, I had a survey in this blog about homeschooling methods that my readers use. I give several options of homeschooling methods, but the majority of them chose the traditional school at home. It really surprised me a lot. This fact inspires me to write this post. I have learned something from my readers. Thank you very much, everyone who has participated in the survey.
Intentional Traditional School at Home Method
There are 2 possible backgrounds why many families chose the traditional school at home method:
- There is a lack of knowledge and time to know more about the other homeschooling method
- They have chosen the traditional school at home method purposefully
There is nothing wrong with the lack of knowledge and time, honestly. One more time, every homeschooling family is unique. Not everyone can learn through the theory, but experience might play better in choosing the homeschooling method. However, if you need some flashback knowledge about homeschool, you can visit my Ultimate Guides to Start Homeschooling
Now, let's talk about the purposefully traditional school at home method. This is our 7th year of homeschooling our 2 sons who are in the year 9 and 10, and our 3rd year for our 5th grader. Since it was in the beginning, we consider our homeschooling as an eclectic homeschool, with more classical approach.
This year is very special for us and it is probably the only year we have 1 elementary level, 1 middle school level, and 1 high school level. This is also the first year we use the Indonesian text books for our high school level. The condition of our local government policy in the final exam forces us to use the Indonesian school curriculum. Otherwise, we worry that we won't be able to catch up and join the government final exam which will lead students to the university or college. Well, we can use other methods, if we want to, but it will be very risky for us.
Thus, we decide to use the traditional school at home for our high schooler and next to be highschooler. For our youngest son, we still use classical approach combined with some school work books (the lightest ones).
Well, the first time we decided to use this traditional old fashioned method, we felt very discouraged.
Can we move backward?
We don't move backward, I think, but we just add more responsibility to our routine. We have learned some basic management of our homeschool. Changing the content and giving more time and working pressure is the advance progress we have to make after practicing our homeschool in 7 years. We are stepping forward to be more mature learners. The future of our higher education will be more or less similar with the school at home method. We just practice it earlier.
Will our son be ready?
I don't know about your children and family background to ask about readiness. Well, our son has chosen to finish high school education at home and he is aware of the traditional school at home. He just needs to do some adaptation. We often talk about this. I am not his teacher, but I am a learning partner for him. We learn together.
How will other think of us?
Will they say that we should send him to the public school than doing the traditional school at home method? Well, we will never start homeschooling our children if we always think what people might think about us. However, the question of returning children to the public school is worth to think. First of all, we always return to our reason for homeschooling our children
We want the freedom to explore children's interest and talent. Homeschooling with school at home method is still better than going back to school. Children still can do more things after school and they still can finish and interrupt the schooling time anytime they want to. Going to school here means start school at 7.00am and go home at 3.00-6.00pm. Too much sacrification, isn't it?
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