Questions Parents ask about Home Schooling

 

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The covid lockdown has both parents and children #workingfromhome

The #covidlockdown situation has elevated concern about academics. As parents adapt to #workfromhome, will #homeschooling be the new normal?

The RTE (Right to Education) Act brought education into the purview of fundamental rights and every child between the ages of 6 to 14 has a right to education. As school populations overflowed, parents began exploring alternatives until the #coronavirus #lockdown brought #homeschooling to the doorstep of every child.

More about the education system in India

What is Home Schooling?

#EducationinIndia has been evolving for nearly a decade. The current #socialdistancing situation has brought things to a head – forcing #schools to adopt home tutoring. This is not technically what #homeschooling is all about but it is close.

Home schooling is a set up where parents take control and choose to educate their child at home. They determine what the child will learn and who will teach him. Parents themselves may undertake this task or have a home tutor educate their child.

Related: Find the best home tutor for your child

Is it legal to home school your child in India?

There is no law against #homeschooling in India nor is there any specific law making it illegal. Additionally, parents and tutors of home-schoolers remain unchallenged which is further evidence of legality. Further, although the RTE grants the right to be educated, it does not specify how this education should be imparted.

Law in India is silent on the matter of #homeschooling.

Is Home Schooling Advisable?

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Is homeschooling good for my child?

The answer to this question depends on several factors. We will talk about the pros and cons of home schooling in a separate blog. For now, suffice it to say that dissatisfaction on the part of parents or the inability of a child to cope with academics may prompt the decision to tutor the child at home.

On the flip side, parents may not have all the resources to educate their child in a proper manner. In addition,the child may lose out on the interaction with his peers and the opportunity to participate in various #extraurricular activities.

The decision for #homeschooling is parent driven – no matter the underlying cause.

Why do parents opt for #homeschooling?

There are several reasons why a parent would want to educate the child at home. One reason is the child’s own inability to cope with the academic and social challenges of a traditional school. Further, some parents are dissatisfied with the curriculum, pedagogy, or other aspect of the school and choose #homeschooling over a transfer.

Money is another driving force – children from well-to-do families are often home schooled simply because the parents can afford it. Conversely, high-society children may be #homeschooled because parents do not want them to mingle with children from lower social starata. In homes where both parents are working and one or both grand parents become the caregivers, homeschooling is considered a convenient alternative.

The decision to homeschool may be driven by budget, concern, or social standing among other factors.

What do I need to homeschool my child?

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WHAT WILL YOU NEED FOR HOMESCHOOLING?

There are no fixed rules for home schooling. The law is silent on the matter and so are the ministry of education as well as the various boards. Home schooling is therefore a matter of choice, and somewhat informal in that there is no prescribed curriculum, pedagogy, or norms.

Take a look at our 7-Step guide to home schooling

Parents merely take a decision to follow one or the other education board and educate their children themselves – or employ a tutor –  using study material from that board. That said, it is important to formalize the process and lay down some ground rules.

Homeschooling is not bound by rules. However,  it is advisable to structure the learning process.

What is the curriculum for Home Schooling?

By definition home schooling is a matter of choice. It follows therefore that the curriculum is also a matter of choice. Parents who choose to #homeschool their child usually pick a board they are comfortable with and adopt that curriculum to educate their children. Textbooks and other study material from these boards is utilized to help the child learn.

The pedagogy and curriculum are matters of choice.

Related Blog: CURRICULUM CHOICES FOR INDIAN STUDENTS

In India, as in other countries, the #coronaviruspandemic has enforced #socialdistancing and elicited many questions about academics from concerned parents.

We have attempted to answer some of these questions – but we understand that you may have more.

Feel free to ask. And don’t forget to subscribe and stay tuned. Meanwhile why not make a start right away and get your homeschooling kit now?

 

4 thoughts on “Questions Parents ask about Home Schooling

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  1. Hello,
    Thank you for posting your comment.
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    You can home school your child following the same curriculum he was following till date. For curriculum options visit our blog on this topic.
    If you are in need of a home tutor, please check out these home tutor apps.
    As of now, it is left up to the various board and university authorities to take decisions regarding schooling and conducting of exams.
    We suggest you continue educating your child and ensure he is well-prepared.
    It is also recommended that you frequently visit the respective education board website to stay updated about the current situation.
    Hopefully, the situation would have resolved itself by the end of the current academic year – 2020-21.
    You can also consult your home tutor for interim assessments of your child.
    Suggested read – Do we really need exams?

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  2. My son is in 9th grade now and due to covid 19 i am planning to do honeschooling.how do i go about it. Where can i enroll for examinations.?

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  3. Thank you for posting the comment.
    Yes you can enroll your child to third standard after homeschooling for a year.
    What you need to take care of –
    Follow the same curriculum that she would in grade 3 when homeschooling – that is the same educational board.
    Your child may have to sit for a test before admission to make sure she is ready to be enrolled in grade 3.
    School authorities may require that she repeat grade 2 – it’s a possibility so be prepared
    Availability of seats may be an issue you need to prepare for
    Post lockdown, school administration may undergo change – this is an unpredictable element.
    RTE gives you the right to enroll your child in the school nearest to your home under section 4 which reads as under –
    Section 4 provides children above six years, who have either not been admitted to any school or, having been admitted have not completed elementary education and have dropped out, the right to be admitted to a school in a class appropriate to his or her age for completing elementary education.

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  4. Is it possible to join school after a year of home schooling? My Kid will be in Second standard this year, will I be able to get her admitted to third standard next year. If possible can you please let me know what are the things I need to take care of?

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