Parents have various reasons for choosing home
schooling over traditional school teaching and one
very evident reason is cost. But is it necessarily
true that home schooling does not involve a lot of
Well, if you think that you can cut down the education
expenses of your kids, you’re very wrong. Home
schooling is a tough decision for parents because the
costs are much higher especially if they choose modern
programs. These modern programs offered through home
schooling can compete with regular schools and so the
costs are almost the same.
Firstly, you will need a computer and a high-speed
internet connection. Aside from that, once you’ve
chosen the particular education program, you still
have to purchase course materials like textbooks.
Extra costs also surface as the child grow older
because the subjects are more advanced and difficult.
Some parents can no longer handle the lessons all by
themselves and so they hire private tutors. The tutors
are additional expenses on your part if you really
want your child to learn from the best.
So how can you minimize the costs? Costs can only be
minimized if you have several kids who are into home
schooling. Some of the resource materials used by the
older ones can be used by the younger kids.
There are still other things to consider when choosing
home schooling. In today’s times, most parents are
working because money is hard to find. If your kids
are all in home schooling programs, one of the parents
should be present at home to supervise the kids. This
would mean that one of them should stop working. The
advantage is that they can monitor and guide their
children’s education but there is also a disadvantage
– the income of the family will decrease.
If you want to cut down your education expenses, you
can take advantage of public libraries, activity
classes in the community and even cultural events. If
you want, you can also barter services or expertise.
For instance, you can teach your neighbor’s kids
dancing lessons while the parent teaches your child
All in all, home schooling is definitely expensive as
compared to traditional schools. However, most parents
who go for home schooling claim that the advantages
outweigh drawbacks and so they don’t hesitate to spend
no matter what amount. Home schooling is a mutually
enriching activity. As parents, you can control the
subjects learned by your kids at the pace they can
easily cope with. Your child will have freedom in
doing what they want without sacrificing education.
You can start conducting a search now about the
available home schooling programs on the internet. By
doing so, you can at least determine some of the
possible expenses that might come up. You can even
participate in home schooling forums so that other
parents can give you some advice on cost-effective
measures that you can undertake. If one of the parents
is always at home, home schooling is a good choice
because there would be someone to supervise the kids
but if both are working, the parents should decide who
will resign from work. If in case resignation is the
only option for the other parent, they can also take
advantage of work-from-home opportunities so that they
can still earn while supervising the children’s
education. You just have to know your options and make
the most from it.
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