We’re back with our Homeschool Myth Busting series and ready to tackle individual versus group learning. On a regular basis, families hear that their children won’t be able to learn outside of a classroom and won’t be prepared, once they get to college, to learn in a group setting. This is one of the more frustrating myths of homeschooling because it’s rooted in a misconception about the nature of learning and education. Ready to understand the benefits of children learning at their own pace and in an environment that best suits their individual needs? Then, read on!

The Truth about How We Learn

Traditional schools apply a scattergun approach to learning. They shoot out the concepts and hope it hits each individual student. But, with the amount of different learning styles, needs, and personalities at play in a large classroom, the expectation that all students will understand each lesson and concept, taught in one way, is unrealistic for both the student and the teacher. In contrast, studies have shown that individualized learning that focuses on the unique needs and learning style of each student are more effective and produce better results. According to nationaldropoutprevention.org,

Individualized instruction provides the opportunity for students to learn at their own pace, in their own way, and be successful.”

As homeschoolers, we understand this because we’ve been individualizing instruction for each of our students since Day One. But, how does individualized instruction and learning at your own pace help kids be more successful? Here’s how:

  • Learning at your own pace means more gains for your learners. When we teach students individually, we are able to monitor their progress and move quickly through those lessons that they’ve mastered while taking more time for those they’re struggling to grasp. Homeschooling allows you to set the schedule and pace for your learner based upon their personality, needs and progress.
  • Learning at your own pace provides more confidence. Nothing stalls learning like frustration. When you allow your children to learn at the pace and in the way that best suits them, you eliminate the frustration that would cause them to feel insecure or “stupid.” Homeschooling means your student will get the attention and focus they need to feel successful.
  • Learning at your own pace allows you to speak individual learning languages. Each child is unique, so how can we expect everyone to learn in the same way and at the same pace? Homeschooling allows you to individualize curriculum, lessons and activities to your child’s unique learning style. And, in doing so, their brain will be able to retain more information and make lasting memories. Find out your child’s learning style today!
  • Learning at your own pace and in “your” way is more fun! When we create lessons and use curriculum that matches our students’ interests and passions, learning is more enjoyable. Homeschooling does just that, allowing you to integrate your student’s hobbies, passions and favorite activities right into their lessons and learning. Make Earth Science come to life by going outside and planting the seeds they are learning about.  Not only will they be more engaged, but they will remember the lesson and be excited to learn more!

The next time one of your friends or family members challenges you on how your learner will succeed outside of a classroom, remind them of these realities about learning at your own pace. Their long term successes will be evident soon enough! Then, have your child show and tell them all about how homeschooling is working for them with their own words. Nothing says “success” like an articulate homeschooler who has been empowered to learn well at their own pace!