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Having a baby is most of the time an informed decision, but it still needs the courage to let your heart walk out in the world.
Most of us will agree that we as parents can’t stop worrying about our child regardless of the age. Right from the birth of a child and even after they are well-grown adults, we always want a secure and bright future for them. We want to protect them from every evil and surround them with love and care.
Every parent ensures that the child gets the best of everything and when it comes to the education no one compromise at this front at any cost. Most of the times parents give importance to the formal education, and when it comes to play-school or early years of schooling they don't bother much.In my views the early education should be given more emphasis. The early education prepares a solid foundation for the future of a child. It plays a crucial role in the all-round development of a child.
Lately, a lot of buzzes is going around on various parenting sites and groups about what to choose for the toddlers- a home-schooling or a good play school.
This article is a good comparison among both the options. And it will help the parents to choose best for their children.
A home-school is a well-known and well-adopted system in western countries like USA and UK. Lately, in India too parents have started adopting this approach of early child education. Instead of sending their child(ren) to play-school, they prefer to teach them at home by themselves.
The pros and cons of a Home-School
The following are the advantages of home-schooling the child:
• Student-Teacher Ratio: It is the best advantage of the home-schooling. The individual attention given to the child is helpful in a long run. Even in the best case scenario, the teacher-student ratio can’t be one to one in any play school.
• Bonding: It is another advantage of homeschooling a child. The bond between the parents and children is strengthened more when they spend more time together, and trust between them develops amidst the learning process.
• Flexibility: The learning schedule is flexible and tailor-made to suit the needs of both the parents and the child. It does not have to be a morning-noon or noon-evening schedule.
• Tailored Learning Plans: A tailor-made learning plan can be made that suits the need of a child. More emphasis can be given a topic/lesson where child face a difficulty and next topic or lesson can be taken only when a child is well-versed with the current topic/lesson.
• Continuous Learning Process: When a child is home-schooled, a learning process is not restricted to some hours. It is a continuous learning process and that too without the pressure.
• Safety: In today’s time, no one is safe anywhere. Safety is a prime concern of the parents. And home-schooling provides that comfort of raising a child in secure and better environment.
• Outdoor learning: A home-schooled child has a lot of outdoor learning experience as compared to a pre-schooler. In pre-school, the outdoor trips are not as many as a home-schooler can have.
Now as everything has its pros and cons, so the home-schooling has it too.
The following are the dis-advantages of home- schooling a child:
• Dependency: As a parent(s) are always around the child to help it increases the dependency of a child on parents. In this case, a constant effort should be made by parents to make their home-schooler independent.
• Lack of innovative teaching methods: Most of the parents teach according to the old methodology and lack the innovation. It makes the learning process a tedious task for a child.
• Trained Teacher: Even though the parents are best teachers but home-schooling a child requires training which most of the parents ignore. The reason why home-schooling failed in most of the cases is that the need of the trained teacher is ignored.
• Delay in learning: Sometimes too much of flexibility ruins the whole purpose behind the idea of home-schooling. It causes a delay in learning. It can be avoided by following a definitive plan of study.
• Poor social skills: A home-school child develops poor social skills. As he doesn’t get a chance to meet his peers on a regular basis, he lacks in social skills as compared to a child who goes to playschool.
• Communication: A lots of efforts are required to develop communication skills of a home-schooler. As child communicates only with parents or other family members, they lack proper communication skills when they have to interact in public.
• Lack of problem-solving skills: As a home-schooled child is always in a protective environment and surrounded with known people they are not good at problem-solving. When they face a situation outside their comfort zone, they exhibit shyness in handling it.
• Continuously Justifying Decision: It becomes quite frustrating for parents sometimes when they have to explain their decision of homeschooling a child to others regularly.
As soon as the child turns 18 months old, the search for a good play school starts. Based on various parameters a play-school is chosen. But is it good to send a child to a play school?
The Pros and Cons of the Play-School
The following are the pros of sending a child to play-school:
• Social Skills: The play school is the best place where a child develops his social skills. He not only learns to communicate and share with his peers and teachers but also learns to listen and respect others.
• Learn Discipline: In the environment of play school, the child learns the discipline. Waiting for his turn, to form a Que and even when he is asked to sit quietly, these all habits inculcate the discipline in a child.
• Self-confidence: Appreciation by peers and teachers boost the self-esteem of the child. The confident child tries to do better at every stage to get more rewards in the form of praise and appreciation by others.
• Communication Skills: When the child comes out of the protective home environment and is among the strangers he learns to communicate. The interaction between a child and his peers and teachers goes the long way to develop the communication skills of the child.
• Team-Building: Among the peers, a child learns to work and play in the team. Know how to work in the team is an important aspect of one’s personality nowadays where most of the people lack. If this trait is developed well in the early years, it is beneficial for a child.
• Interactive Environment: The interactive decor and overall environment of a play school make learning fun for a child.
• Feedback: When a child goes to playschool, the parents gets the full feedback on the learning abilities of a child through regular tests.
• Free-time: When a child is in play school, parents and especially mothers get some free time to do other important works or for leisure activities.
The cons of sending a child to play-school can be listed as follows:
• Hygiene: Though most of the good play-schools take the best care of hygiene, they can’t beat the cleanliness and hygiene levels of the home environment.
• Safety: The safety and security of a child remain the prime concern when a child goes to playschool. These days news about a child abuse is not uncommon.
• Pressure: To win among the peers and to come first or to perform well put parents and children in pressure.
• High-student teacher ratio: In most of the play-school the student teacher ratio is not as stated. It makes it difficult for the teacher to give even the little individual attention and care to every child.
Considering these pros and cons of both the options it will be easy for the parents to decide if they want to home-school their child or want to send him to the right play-school.