Why It’s Important to Nourish a Child’s Education For Effective Learning.
Research has found that more than 2.05 million students are now learning at home rather than in a school. These students give different reasons some of which are shocking. 73 percent of them say they do so because they are dissatisfied with how public schools are being run. A good number of them also claim that schools don’t provide them with a conducive environment for learning.
Many parents feel that it’s better to have their children study at home. They have a long list of reasons why they believe so. Some cite the high cost of education which includes some charges that do not go directly in benefiting their children. A case is cited of a single parent who works during the day and has to pay a babysitter during her work week. After paying her bare minimum bills, gas, electricity, and the babysitter, she becomes completely broke with nothing to take her through the whole month. Thus, it has become very difficult for her to take her child to school.
Some parents also believe they can provide better activities and materials to their children than what are found in schools. By personally facilitating the learning of their children and providing them with interesting and engaging materials, a developmentally appropriate environment, and adequate time to interact, play, and explore, they believe their children will find learning easier and fun.
There’s another group of parents who prefer home school for the simple reason that they fear that their children would be bullied at school. We’ve heard of cases where some students have been bullied to an extent that they seek medical attention. A case has been reported of a student who lost her sight as a result of bullying. Then there are also cases where terrorists raid schools and start shooting indiscriminately, injuring or killing students and teachers. Watching or hearing such news or things like that is pretty scary and has made many parents prefer having their children at home.
In school, some teachers also like to pick on students. Ever heard a student come home and say that their teacher is out to get them? That they punish them for no reason? Or they are giving them bad grades for no reason? What if you are a parent who wants the best for his/her child, would you let that happen? Your child may be wrong and may just be creating stories, but the moment you bring up a case before the school authority against a teacher, a cold war will begin between your child and the teacher and this will definitely have a negative effect on your child.
Honestly, virtual schools and home schools are the newest things that are going to take over from the conventional schools. Sooner than we expect, there won’t be many public or even private schools left. A few will remain, but only for those parents whose children are too young to stay home.
Helping your child at home helps you to learn. One parent confesses that the older she gets, the more she feels like she’s becoming dumber. She adds that when she began helping her 3rd and 5th grader, she was amazed at how much she had forgotten and had to re-learn. This has motivated her to continue helping her kids. When the kids ask her questions, she must strive to ensure that she provides the correct answer and in the process, she learns a lot. In fact, it’s a like a family learning time. It’s advisable to read ahead a day or two in their lesson books so you may be able to help them, not only in content but also in projects that their colleagues undertake in school.
To nourish is to nurture. Nourishing a child encompasses all aspects of development: emotional, social, physical and cognitive. In case you don’t understand these, then that’s another opportunity for you to learn. In every interaction with a child, you should nurture appropriate development and growth. You must also take care to listen to a child and correctly interpret words and actions. This will help you determine a child’s needs and aids in furthering the child’s development.