When a family starts thinking about extended travel or moving abroad they may start thinking about homeschooling.
Homeschooling can be a hot topic. A lot of people have strong opinions about it.
If you are thinking about making the switch to homeschooling, don’t be put off by negative remarks.
Homeschooling For Expat Families?
I can make positive, well-informed comments about homeschooling because we home school our daughter. She has never been in the school system, and it has been a wonderful experience for our family.
I saw an interesting video not long ago where a young man was talking about his positive experience being home-schooled.
I’ve shared it here to encourage and support families that are thinking about it. Logan LaPlante does not live abroad, but you can get a good idea about the wonderful possibilities open to home-schooled children by listening to his TEDx Talk.
Why Homeschooling Makes This Child Happy
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It’s so true that our main goal should be raising children who are (and will be) happy and healthy adults!
That’s not to say that children who go to traditional schools can not be happy healthy people, but there is more than one way to educate a child.
Schooling is one of the challenges faced by expat families. In the Expat Family Handbook, we cover all eight challenges and how to overcome them.
Is Homeschooling Right For My Expat Family?
It is for ours.
There are many different ways to home school an expat child.
When we started we bought the curriculum books ourselves and I sat next to Drew, teaching her five days a week. I viewed it the same way as if I were gong to work, it took self discipline as does any other worthwhile routine.
Now we do what is called distance education, she does most of her school work online with a private school in the States. This has not hampered her language learning because the majority of her social time is spent with Spanish speakers. So while she studies at home, she isn’t technically home schooled because she is enrolled with an accredited high school.
Many families like to have things very structured and others don’t like structure at all. It all depends on what is the best education style for each family and each child. Many traveling parents homeschool, while others hackschool, unschool, or worldschool. The goal is the same: to take control of their child’s education.
Some people will say things like “home-schooled children aren’t socialized,” or “home-schooled children miss out on so much!” Those statements are only true if the parents don’t do a good job of homeschooling their children. Parents should take an active role in making sure their children have good friends and interesting things to do.
Homeschooling made for a smooth transition when we moved from Canada to Ecuador. And it helped as we moved around a bit, settling into life here. Our daughters schooling stayed the same which was less stressful for her.
Like the young man in the video above, our daughter is very well socialized, makes friends easily, and has had a very interesting life so far!
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