Guest post by Lizzie Weakley
Soon, your children will go to school for the first time, and you couldn’t feel prouder. Your kids have grown up, and soon they will learn essential life skills like math and reading.
However, you also feel nervous as this milestone approaches. After all, you don’t know how your children will respond to their first year in a public school. Will they like the highly social and competitive environment? Will the other kids tease or even bully them? And will they get the attention they deserve?
Most children do well when they attend a public school for the first time. But some don’t. So, if you suspect your kids need an alternative, look at the education options listed below. One of them may serve your children better.
- Cyber Charter Schools
The Information Age has helped make it possible for schools like Agora, a Cyber Charter School in PA, to open its doors to prospective students. Kids already interact well with video games and apps, so they should readily adapt to education over the internet.
But before you enroll your little ones in this kind of school, make sure you know the pros and cons.
- Your children will experienced customized education that allows them to learn at their own pace. So if you have exceptionally bright kids, they will breeze through the basics and spend more of their energy on challenging and interesting subjects.
- Your children will benefit from increased flexibility. They do not have to devote most of their hours to school. They’ll have more time to explore their talents, get more sleep, exercise, and eat healthy.
- Your kids will avoid many of the problems that plague public schools, like bullying and even substance abuse.
- Your kids won’t have the same kind of regular social interaction that they would at a public school.
- You will not have any alone time because you’ll have your children home all day.
- Your children will spend hours staring at a computer screen, and they could experience headaches, nearsightedness, and other consequences. You’ll have to make sure your kids take breaks.
- Private Schools
You could also enroll your kids in a private school. This education option carries the following advantages and disadvantages.
- Your children will have a more flexible curriculum with a higher number of extracurricular classes.
- Your kids will learn in smaller class sizes, which means they’ll get more attention from the teacher.
- The school doesn’t have to adhere to the same regulations as public schools, so its administration may not hire the most qualified teachers.
- The school may also put more emphasis on extracurricular education than core classes, so your kids could end up with an imbalanced education. Research schools carefully.
- Some private schools charge expensive tuition.
- Home Schools
Many parents choose to homeschool their children. You’ll certainly save money with this option. Just make sure you know the benefits and drawbacks before you decide to homeschool.
- You will still have to purchase teaching materials, but those materials will cost far less than taxes or tuition at other schools.
- Your kids can have a 100% flexible schedule. If they need more sleep one day, you can delay class by a couple hours. And they won’t have to worry about the separation between schoolwork and homework. It will all happen in the same setting.
- You can give your children more emotional support and stability in this situation. You can also protect them from bullying and other public school problems.
- Your kids won’t have regular social interaction—and they may not get that interaction at all, so they might not develop the necessary social skills for future success.
- Your children won’t have regular access to sports teams, orchestras, and other extracurricular groups.
- You will not have any alone time because you’ll have your kids home all day.
Alternative education methods have their advantages and disadvantages, just as public school does. You just have to decide which set of pros and cons fits your children’s needs best. Use the information above to make your decision.