John F. Kennedy once said, “A child miseducated is a child lost.” We know that the most important years in the life of a child, and for their young developing brain, are the elementary years. This formative time is when our children develop their view of learning, themselves, and the world around them. So, it’s critical that we provide the best moral and educational foundation, and give our children the attention and focus they need to thrive. There’s no better way to accomplish this than through homeschooling, where your child becomes the center of their custom educational journey. This focus is why elementary homeschooling is so important, because your child is looking to you to set the tone, shape their world, and provide them with the skills and tools they need to thrive far beyond elementary school.
Kindergarten through 5th grade are wonderful years for children, where learning and growth go hand-in-hand with exploration and experimentation. But often, children in this age group fall behind or through the cracks in classrooms that are too full, or within an educational system that focuses on performance and not your child’s individual strengths and needs. In contrast, homeschooling puts your child front and center in his or her education.
When you individualize education, your child will reach new heights and overcome obstacles, while discovering a love of learning. The attention your child will receive through homeschooling means that your child will succeed academically, emotionally, and spiritually, because they are the center of your focus each day. This couldn’t be more critical than during the elementary years when our children are forming their view of education and their abilities.
Keeping your child safe from bullying and negative influences when they are most vulnerable is of utmost importance. One out of every five children reports being bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Homeschooling means less negative influences. Let’s face it, this world is harsh, and children in public schools face many trials and problems that we, as parents, want to protect them from at all cost. Children in elementary school are fragile and deserve gentle care and protection while they develop their unique personalities and views of the world. Homeschooling provides the safest and most loving environment possible for your child to thrive.
The years go by so fast. Homeschooling during the elementary years means you get to spend more time with your children; precious time that you cannot get back. Homeschooling will strengthen your family and your relationship with your elementary child. More family time, learning together, and watching one another grow and succeed will give your family more strength and make memories that last much longer than a school year.
How to Get Started
Elementary homeschooling can seem daunting and difficult. But you can be your child’s teacher without having to jump onto the homeschooling ship alone! Getting started is not as tough as it may seem. Check out this new-to-homeschooling Getting Started Guide to put you on the right path early on.
While getting started in elementary homeschooling is easier than you think, there are many decisions that need to be made. From traditional textbooks and blended learning to online homeschooling and live online classes, there’s a lot to consider. Don’t go it alone! An expert homeschool partner can point you in the right direction while allowing you to stay in the driver’s seat of your child’s education. Contact 800-863-1474 to talk with a Bridgeway homeschool specialist to help you along in your journey.