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While sending your kid to a school is the most accepted method of imparting education today, there sure are certain disadvantages to it that Home-Schooling aims to resolve.

 

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All kids are different and therefore might have a different learning mechanism. And a teacher tackling 30+ students in a class cannot provide individual attention to all the students. There are three main methods of learning, Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic. While Visual and Auditory methods are catered to in classroom learning, the children who primarily learn via Kinesthetic method, i.e. learning by doing things, are left out. They require a much smaller student to teacher ratio in order to learn effectively. It is therefore advised to parents to identify your child’s learning style and choose a schooling or home-schooling method accordingly.

 

Priya Nagri, a mother of two in Delhi is home schooling both of her children because she believes that school does not encourage children to explore outside the syllabus. As she says “When teacher says that the other topics will be taught at a later date, the child doesn’t even make the effort to explore his/her interests.” Her son Aryan who is only 13 years old now is interested in topics like 4-stroke engines and

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Another concern that many parents face is that most nurseries and play schools designate milestones like the students must remember the alphabet by the end of the year, or know how to read time etc. The theory of Dr. Montessori postulates that with this type of approach the child is not exposed to a number of other experiences or stimuli at the time that his/her brain was at its most receptive, therefore effectively stunting the child’s learning. (Find out more about the Montessori Learning method here.)

 

One possible drawback of home schooling however is that kids do not get to meet or interact with many new people and hence may be prone to shyness. School does teach street-smartness and that’s important for a successful career later.

 

To end I would say, every type of schooling has its pros and cons, you need to understand your child and his/her requirements ad move according to them.

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