6 Reasons Homeschool Works Better Than Public School For Our Family
When Jonathan grows up he might sit me down to have a stern talk for all the “schooling experiments” I’ve put him though...
At only 7-years-old, my son has done Montessori homeschool for preschool, attended school at a local farm, attended a Montessori school for preschool and Kindergarten, and is now homeschooling again. One of the great things about homeschooling, is that the option is always there to change. If one isn’t working, there’s no reason to not say “this isn’t working for us, let’s give learning a different approach.”
A Montessori homeschool and Montessori classroom share many similarities. But there’s a lot different about that can completely change your child’s attitude. These activities can take your child from loving school --- to hating it with a passion. It really depends on your child’s learning style. Homeschoolers and teachers can learn a lot from one another. Making a decision about the type of schooling to pursue for our child is no easy task. They’ll both have pros and cons as well as similarities and differences.
Differences and Similarities to Consider Between Montessori Homeschool and a Montessori Classroom
Expertise in the Montessori Method - This is the most obvious. In a Montessori school, you’ll have at least one teacher who is Montessori certified. They’ll have extensive training on the Montessori method and will continue to receive ongoing training. There are a lot of good resources available for parents to learn, it can be time consuming and overwhelming to sort through all of it. We have a lot of great resources here on the blog and our You Tube channel to help you learn about the Montessori method.
Access to materials - Montessori materials aren’t always cheap. And you always seem to need just one more manipulative before your homeschool is “perfect”. In a classroom, you have the benefit of not having to purchase materials. Homeschoolers can make a lot of materials on their own. You may also sell them second hand when their students are done with them. ShillerLearning kits are an affordable way to purchase materials for classroom, or homeschool.
Experiences - Both approaches are going to have drastically different access to experiences. While you might not be able to provide some of the visitors and school-wide events that a school might have at home, homeschool experiences can be unique too. As a homeschooler you can hit the road and do school from anywhere, take the day off to attend special local events, learn from Grandparents and Great Grandparents, and pursue unique interests.
Family involvement - There is an emphasis on family involvement in a Montessori school. Events will occur all year for families to take part in, parent volunteer opportunities will be available, parent visiting nights, and most Montessori schools have a lot less homework than public school so students can be more involved at home. Students who are homeschooling will have much more intimate family involvement, but a Montessori school is still going to keep the family involved.
Schedule - This is often one of the key points for parents between deciding what they’d like their child’s schooling to look like. For some families, the thought of having to get up and get their child off to school is stressful. Others find structure and routine ok and wouldn’t be intimidated by getting their student out the door in the morning. Homeschooling offers the ability to have a more relaxed schedule and avoids the time spent in the carpool line twice a day.
Real-life experience - Maria Montessori emphasized the importance of using real materials and real life experiences for children. In a school this is going to be in a much more prepared environment with child size items. At home they’ll be getting the real life experience right alongside you.
Selecting and evaluating our children’s educational choices is an important decision to make. It also doesn’t need to be the final answer. Determine your pros & cons, your priorities and make a decision. Remember that it’s not written in stone and you can make changes.
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Amanda is a former Montessori teacher, now homeschooling her dear son - an only child. Her family resides in an Airstream parked in Washington State and loves Washington's outdoor opportunities. When not homeschooling, Amanda blogs, loves reading, and creates hand-lettering pieces.