Is Home Schooling Right For You and Your Teen?
While many teens are very successful in online learning, others
fall behind because they lack in motivation and resources.
Before your teen enrolls in onlin
e education, you should find out if this is a situation that
will work for your family and home. Home schooling is ideal for
teens with a stay home parent, because most teens are going to
need to be supervised either to keep the child focused, or limit
behavioral problems. If there is no one home during the day, and
your child gets bored, they could cause some trouble and stress
for you. You should also consider that there is not the same
amount of help for students enrolled in online learning. If your
child is having problems in science for instance and there is no
teacher to help them, will your family be able to afford to hire
a tutor? If you cannot help your child educationally or you
can't be there to monitor there work load, home
schooling may not be right for you and your teen.
Another factor you will want to look at is your teens social
life. Socializing is a major part of high school and important
for your teens development. A good idea might be to register
your child in sports programs, to allow them to meet new people.
You should also allow them to have time to socialize with old
friends and make new ones as well. If you are taking your teen
out of school to get them away from a negative group of friends,
make sure you have other ways for your teen to socialize. This
may not always be easy however, if your teen refuses to enroll
in sports or volunteer programs. Remember that your child needs
to socialize, so make sure you talk to your teen before taking
them out of school in order to be sure that he/she will still
have a way of socializing with peers.