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Children usually fear making major life changes just like anyone else. This may bring about difficulties in adapting to the new circumstances. If your child is about to join preschool, they may have preschool fears that need to be addressed. As a parent, your fear may be greater and this may make the preschool fears worse. So how should you deal with these fears?

Dialogue is a major step in understanding the fears your child is facing. In some situations, getting your child to talk about their fears presents an avenue where viable solutions can be identified. For example, if your child fears making new friends, you should encourage him or her and let them understand that it may not be easy but it can be achieved. In other cases, the child may not even be aware of the cause of their fears. You should not scold them for this but help them in overcoming these fears.

Help your child in overcoming these preschool fears by helping him in coming with the solutions to his fears. For example, instead of offering the solution, give him clues and let him come up with the solution. Solutions that are dictated to them may not be implemented but when the child comes up with the decision himself, he will have the drive to put it into practice. You can help him by playing games that give clues to possible solutions.

Great care should be taken by both teachers and parents when children are joining preschool. You should speak to the teachers to ensure that they understand your child well. This will minimize conflict that may make their fears worse off. In addition, you may also speak to other parents in the school so that the children may enjoy an environment free of unnecessary negative energy. If your child for example is afraid of using the playground in the school, help them understand that it is safe, that their teachers will keep them safe and that it is fine to play with the other children.

Do not build up on the fears by scolding then unnecessarily, threatening them or making them feel inferior to other children. You may also start preparing him or her for preschool an year before they join. Help him in understanding the importance of school and help them to learn how to cope with change effectively. For example, you may take him or her on several tours of the preschool long before he or she joins to familiarize with the area.

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Homeschooling is growing in popularity in the U.S. as each year goes by. Homeschooling refers to educating a child from home instead of enrolling them in a public or private school. With homeschooling, the parent has more control over the child’s education as they get to spend more time together. There are many benefits of homeschooling your child as opposed to making them study in private or public schools.

Why Do People Home school Their Children?

Different people have different reasons as to why they homeschool their kids. Some of the most common ones include; character and moral development, religious reasons, poor school environment for learning, child behavior issues, children with special needs, transportation issues, family reasons and in order to give child better education from home.

Benefits of Homeschooling

One-on-one Ratio of Teaching — One-on-one tutoring is one of the reasons that make homeschooling very effective. According to research, the less children a teacher has to educate, the more effective the education will be. Homeschooling provides the student with a one-on-one ratio of teaching which ensures they are getting better education. A student who is homeschooled is offered the opportunity to understand a topic before they advance to the next one.

Customized Teaching Method — Homeschooling allows the parent to customize the teaching to suit individual needs of a student. A parent is able to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the student and in return focus their attention on their giftedness and interest.

Independent Thinking — Study shows that homeschooled kids think more independently compared to those in public or private schools. This is because they are taught at home how to think for themselves and will not easily be influenced by peer pressure.

Minimized Boredom — Homeschooling is tailored made to suit the child’s individual needs. This means that the child is more likely to enjoy learning. Also, unlike it is the case in public and private schools, the child doesn’t have to sit through classes that they have already mastered while the rest of the class catches up.

Safe Learning Environment — Unlike it is the case in regular schools, homeschooled children are not exposed to bad influences, peer pressure, bullying, teasing or in some rare cases, immoral teachers.

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There is no doubt that homeschooling has its advantages and a lot of parents truly believe that it is the right path for their children. However, there are always two sides to a coin. Many are against it citing drawbacks that hinder development in different aspects and some of these voices come from individuals who were the products of the system themselves. Here is what they had to say about the drawbacks of homeschooling:

1. Limited Socialization

When your home is also your school, you do not get to meet and interact with a lot of people on a daily basis. You become used to the isolation and find ways to deal with it so you might not mind at all, especially if it is the only thing you’ve ever known. However, there will come a time in the future that you will have to go out in the world such as when you move on to college or apply for work. It will then be a different ballgame and the shift may come as a shock. The limited development of social skills can become a hindrance to success with a lot of tasks needed to be completed by groups.

2. Academic Gaps

Parents can be fantastic teachers at home particularly those who have experience in academic institutions. However, no single individual will be able to master every subject known to man. It’s possible to be widely read and know a good range of subjects but there will inevitably be gaps. These gaps will be passed onto the children who may be able to fill them through their own diligence. In schools, experts teach each of the lessons. They have studied every topic deeply and can answer any question thrown at them.

3. Narrow World View

School was never just about academics. It is also about interaction with teachers and fellow students in order to expand the mind beyond the classroom. There is constant discovery and exchange of ideas. Homeschooling does not provide much of a fertile ground in this regard and children may be confined to a narrow world view.

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