We often hear that parents are the first teachers. Parents are in the best position to provide the
kind of education you want to your child. Not just at an early age, but throughout their lives. Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and
to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” This type of
education and knowledge is very difficult to achieve in a public school classroom alone. Many
families have turned to different configurations of home schooling (weekends, winter, spring
and summer breaks) while others supplement their child’s education by teaching their children
before/after sending their child to a school building. Whatever your choice or option, here’s
why you should be spending some time teaching your child at home.
Five Reasons to Teach Your Child at Home
1. Increase your child’s learning potential. Children are like sponges and soak up
everything given to them. They have an amazing ability to be exactly who we tell them
they are. If we tell them they’re strong, they become strong. If we tell them they’re
brilliant, their confidence increases and they work hard. If we tell them they can learn
anything, they will approach every subject with zeal. Generating this type of positive
energy in your children will allow them to take on life fearlessly.
2. Make the world their classroom and choose what they learn. You can provide an
education tailored to your child’s interest, capabilities and personality. If there is
something your child excels in, her education can be accelerated. On the flip side, if
there is something your child needs more practice with, you can hone in on that skill at
home and give them ample opportunity to work on it.
3. Build self esteem. When children are homeschooled and their family is directly involved
in educating them, they become independent thinkers. Their self-esteem increases and
they are secure in what they are learning. Your children will become convicted in what
they know because they will see themselves in what they’re learning. Research shows
that when parents are involved in the education of their children, children’s confidence
increases and so does their love for learning.
4. Build independence. Children who learn at home can help guide and manage their own
education. You can teach them to take ownership for what they are learning which also
builds their love for learning. The hours spent at home learning can be used to teach all
kinds of things that will be useful in everyday life; how to cook, how to sew, how to
change a tire, how to build a table, how to start a business etc. Math and science
become real subjects in their lives.
5. Build emotional closeness and positive family rapport. While teaching your children,
you are also building your relationship with them. You get to know your child on a
different level and understand their strengths and weaknesses. This will also cultivate
trust and help them stay free from negative influences.
Learning is a life long process that begins in the womb. Parents are their children’s first
teachers. We can do so much for our children regardless of whether we are homeschooling