Are you disappointed in the experience your child is having at public school? If so, you may be considering withdrawing him or her and giving your child a different kind of education. Here are some ideas that might help you to determine what your child's future schooling will be.
Home Schooling - You may already know people who are teaching their children at home, as this is a very popular movement. Home schooling opens up a whole new world! In the first place, you can tailor your child's curriculum to fit his or her needs and interests. For example, if your son or daughter has a particular love for the arts, he or she will delight in visiting museums and art galleries and in taking private art lessons without the restrictions of school hours. If your child is old enough, he or she can focus on lessons in the morning and then work in the afternoon to earn money for things like trips abroad or for college. The world will become your classroom. Can you imagine learning American history by visiting cities like Boston and Philadelphia.? You don't have to have any teaching credentials to home school your child. What you need is something you already have - love and the determination to help your child to succeed in life. Don't forget to prepare your child for the SAT and ACT tests that the college of his or her college might require.
Private School - Perhaps teaching your child yourself is just not something you feel you can do or want to do. In that case, private school is an excellent option for you. Private schools almost always have smaller classes so instructors can spend more one-on-one time with each student. Pick a school that will support the values you teach at home. For example, if you want a Christ-based setting for your child's education, select a Christian private school. Prayers will be given before classes begin and before the noon meal. Foul language, inappropriate clothing and cheating are not tolerated at Christian schools. Expect an honor code where your child will learn how important integrity and respect for others are. Don't feel that your child will miss out on extra-curricular activities, as they are plentiful in the private school setting. While you will have to pay tuition at private schools, you will probably discover that every penny you spend is worth it.
Whenever possible, involve your child in the choices that will be made for his or her education.