From the moment you find out that you are pregnant, you begin to plan your child’s life. You think about everything, from what you could name them to what they might be when they grow up. You begin to focus on their future before they even arrive, always wanting the very best for them and their adult lives.
When it comes to ensuring that your child has the very best future, one of the most important things to think about is, of course, their education. Which is why so many of us parents start thinking about our children’s education from a very young age.
Choosing how to educate your children, especially as a first-time parent is not an easy task, as there are just so many options to choose from. However, if you take the time to look into each option, and the pros and cons that comes with it, it can be easier to decide how to educate your little ones.
Bearing this in mind, below is a guide to the different options when it comes to educating your kids. Have a read, take note, and you should find it easier to choose how you educate your little ones.
Flexischooling is a fairly new educational option and one that is quickly growing in popularity. Flexi-schooling is exactly what the name suggests, flexible schooling where students learn partly at school and partly at home. There are now several schools around the UK that offer flexi-schooling arrangements, where children attend school part-time and are educated at home the rest of the time.
For anyone who wants to home educated their children only in certain subjects but doesn’t have the knowledge to teach the entire curriculum, flexi-schooling is an ideal option. One of the main benefits of flexi-schooling is the social side of things, as it allows home-schooled children the opportunity to spend time with children their own age in a structured environment. Plus, flexi-schooling gives children access to resource and teaching that they may not otherwise have access to when learning from home, such as going on a school trip, for instance. It’s activities like these that help to boost kids’ confidence, making them a vital part of their learning experience.
Homeschooling has become more and more popular in the UK in recent years, after being a popular schooling method in the US for over two decades. There are many benefits of homeschooling, which is what has made it such a popular learning option. The fact that you are able to teach your children in a way that appeals to you means that homeschooling is a popular option with parents who feel they are well educated enough to teach their children.
For kids who learn at a different pace to others their age – either slower or faster – homeschooling can be a great option. As it can allow them to learn at a speed that suits them, meaning that they get the education that they need. Plus, when you homeschool kids, you can teach them in a manner that suits them, because as various studies show, not all children excel in a conventional school environment, and learn better when taught in other ways using niche methods.
Then there is the option of unschooling. Unschooling is a form of homeschooling where parents allow children to learn however they like. This means that there is no set structure in place when it comes to learning, with children able to choose how they learn as well as how they spend their time. This means that children are able to focus on the subjects that appeal to them, rather than on the subjects that the school curriculum traditionally focuses on.
The process of unschooling is one that can be hard to adjust to, due to the fact that it allows parents to give their children control of what and how they learn. Some parents choose to implement certain core subjects each day, such as maths, English, and science that must be learned and then allow children to choose the other subjects that they focus on. This tends to work well, as it ensures that kids learn all the most vital things, as well as being able to choose subjects that interest them.
Of course, then there is traditional schooling. When it comes to traditional schooling, there are a range of options to choose from; these include state schools, private schools, and independent schools. State schools are government run and funded schools, private schools come with fees, while independent schools offer a more unique approach to schooling. Compared to state schools, private and independent schools have much smaller classes and a more student-centred approach to learning. Many independent schools also create their own learning agenda, choosing to educate students in a unique way, such as The New Forest Small School, a school based in the the forest that teaches its students in a very unique way.
Traditional schooling comes with a range of benefits, from the fact that children learn to excel in a structured environment to the fact that they are constantly socialising with others their own age, there are a lot of benefits to traditional schooling. These include the fact that school life can help set children up to succeed in their adult lives by teaching them the key skills and coping methods for surviving in a hectic working environment. Traditional schooling is usually the done thing, as a pose to homeschooling, unschooling, and flexi-schooling. However, it depends if traditional schooling is a good fit for your child.
Choosing how to educate your children is no easy task, especially when you want to ensure that whatever path you choose for them, allows them to excel in life. The issue is that when it comes to making a choice about education, there are just so many options to choose from, so it is no wonder that many parents struggle to find the right path for their children’s education.