Good afternoon Elizabeth, 2 days ago, while being in the south of Portugal on a weeks holiday I requested to give feedback and was presented your website by WA. I had nearly finished my comment when Grammarly intervened and somehow the whole thing got lost. When I requested the page again of course I was presented with a new webpage. Therefor I have decided to send you the text here. Hello Elizabeth, After looking at your website I come up with a question: percentage wise, how many children are taught at home compared to the ones that go to public or private schools? I ask this because at the age of 15 I was sent to various countries for schooling, getting prepared for adult life. This concept of teaching one’s children at home I find interesting. I know that in the 50’s in Australia as the distances were huge from sheep farm to the next farm the children were having lessons by radio.Nowadays I suppose one can do a lot on internet but I am sure nothing beats a loving but stern grandmother who watches the spelling. I was blessed with my parents. My mother used to read to me when I was still too young to do it myself. This nurtured my love for reading and still as a young girl I dived into books like Kon-Tiki. I think a book should stimulate the imagination of a child for sure it did mine. I think your website will be real helpful for parents who want to go this road teaching their children at home. Perhaps it might be a bit more difficult to maintain the attention of the child in it’s own surrounding. Did you have a special time table to keep his or her attention. What I like is that you have put some nice family photos, makes it more personal. – With best wishes, Taetske
It sounds as if you received an excellent education. It is hard to know what percentage of children in the international community are homeschooled. I simply do not know. Most of my friends homeschool at least one child, or plan to homeschool their children. I would say that the movement is taking off. Parents want more time with their children, greater flexibility in their children’s school schedules and better educations for their children.
Distractions appear to be far less of a problem for homeschooled children than institutionally educated children. Since homeschool education is tailored to meet the needs and interests of the individual, there is no busy work. The child comes to understand that his school work is productive and necessary, if not always fun. Generally they do their least favorite lessons efficiently in order to spend more time on the subjects they enjoy or simply to be done with lessons for the day.
A lot of the ideas we have about the supposed difficulties of homeschooling are tied to the institutional model of education. Once homeschooling begins the parent/educator realizes that the institutional model has no bearing on their actual challenges, which vary from child to child. Different children have different needs, and meeting those needs is what homeschooling is all about.
I hope this helps.
All the best,
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