Homeschooling is the ultimate way to help children become well rounded adults. Parents can impart their values, share the excitement of learning and discovery and spend quality time with their child in a safe place. If a parent has one child, three children or ten the parent intuitively knows what and how to get a point across to the child and what will not work. This is called "learning style". At home a parent can teach the child by his learning style and the child can become a great learner. In public/private school it is teacher driven. Some students do well because the teacher is teaching to the child in his learning style; others are never given the same chance, because their learning style is different. Home school is student driven, and the child is allowed to master areas in the best way at the best time for the best results.
In America when the average child in public/private school by the age of 5-6, they begin spending more awake time with their peers than with their parents and family. A child will move from childhood to adulthood with or without the parent. They will do it by spending time modeling the peers or modeling the parents. Which is going to bring the best outcome? Do you want your child to have your morals, values, ethics, and problem solving ability or their peers?
Socialization is a big concern for new homeschoolers. Home school is community based socialization. Homeschooling a child is exposed to all the variables of real life in a real world. Their awake time is spent with adults they know, love, and trust. They see parents, family and friends solving problems of daily life. In the middle of a school day, a phone rings, someone is at the hospital. You drop everything and go visit them, pick up their kids, do what you can to help. You and your child go grocery shopping, paying bills, taking care of the household and the family. You child is in the real world, each day, watching, learning how it works, how things go wrong, and how you handle it. The variables may change from one day to the next, but this is the never ending balancing act that real people experience in the real world. Oh the variables may change in a public/private classroom. But all variables in a classroom are controlled by an unknown adult. An adult you had no part in choosing. Public/private school is classroom based socialization. The environment is controlled by hired people to maintain the control for a defined agenda. Ask any child from public/private school to give you details of their day at school. Then ask a child homeschooled the same question. Look at what you did the same day. Think about it. Which environment will help the child to be a better person, happier, healthier person, in 5 years 20 years from now? Then you decide which socialization is best.
Each parent will teach their child what they believe. Parents want their children to be like them but better. Nothing goes deeper to the core of our motivation than our convictions. For some it may be religion or way of life. For AHA it is our relationship with Jesus. The Word of God, the life He wants us to live. We want that has the foundation to learning all other things. At homeschool parents have the freedom to do what they want, how they are led. They have the complete control of all subject matter. What philosophical, religious, moral convictions are being taught in public/private school?
Academics in homeschool are taught by any number of teaching methods. Homeschoolers are allowed to work at their level of mastery, at the child's pace, working with their learning style. If a child is grade 5 in Reading, grade 4 in Math and so on it will not hinder or slow the child at all. Instead the child is taught at their level, provides real progress and assures success. When a home school child finishes a task, he may go on to the next. He does not have to wait on bell to ring, or class to catch up. If the child is excited about a subject and wants to learn more and spend more time with it, he can, he does not have to put it away until teacher says he must do it.
Pros on homeschool are many. Home school has con's also. Homeschooling is totally different from public/private school. You do not have a man , state, government system telling you what and how to homeschool. In Alabama your cover, church, umbrella school is giving you requirements that you must follow. With Alabama Hope Academy we leave that up to you. We want you to homeschool the way you are led. After you have researched homeschool, took the leap and withdrew your child from public/private and enrolled with cover school. You know your child's learning styles, and have chosen your teaching method and all is working well. One day, it will fall apart. You will feel like you are not teaching your child well enough, you are breaking the law, your child is unhappy, you just cannot do it. The list goes on and on. Most parents were raised in public/private school and fully understand how the system works. The rules they may not agree with or even like, but they know how to deal with them. At homeschool you do not have those rules. When one of those bad, very bad days happens you will either give up and go back to school system or you will become a stronger, better homeschooler. The decision will be yours alone.
Alabama Hope Academy does not require any statement of faith. This means we do not care what you believe or don't believe. We are here to help all homeschoolers. We are Christian, who believes in the Holy Bible, God, Jesus and prayer. If you do believe in prayer, we recommend you pray before you decide to homeschool, before you choose a cover school, and before you choose your teaching method curriculum.
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