Once upon a time, home tuition used to be a radical statement - something like a declaration of independence. It was the conservative Christians who advocated home tuition in the '80s and legalized it in every State. But the typical home tuition of the day is not religiously motivated.
Recent surveys indicate that parents are actually quite fed up of the public school systems where much of the learning is superficial and compulsory. They are also concerned about negative
school environment ranging from drugs and abuse to negative peer pressure. As a result, we have a surprising mix of people who form the home tuition world of today. They cut across all religious
and regional borders. Their main aim is providing meaningful and productive learning through a method that strengthens the bond between the various members of the family.
All these families have one thing in common - a long enduring commitment to the sanctity of childhood. The children in these families are accorded a primary position. Many believe, and
rightly so, that home tuition allows parents to bring up children in a more natural and nurturing environment. Public schools can make one nervous, diffident and downright mean. Children who get
schooled at home are protected from these damaging negative influences till they reach an age where they can handle it.
Home tuition draws the whole family into the almost religious task of schooling. Everyone is put to work. The parents together form a bond with the children. Any experience can be turned into
an educational experience. Both the parents are aware of exactly what is going into their child's head. Parents also have greater control on the kind of religious and moral values that the child imbibes. Even watching a movie together can become a learning experience. Trips to the libraries and other places become educational as well as recreational.
A home tuition family is primarily dependent on the income of one earning member. That means that often spending has to be curtailed and proper planning of expenditure is a must. This helps to bring the family members together and everybody gets involved in the process of saving money.
Having a parent at home to supervise, to nurture and care for the children brings with it a lot of love and caring. Even your husband chips in and there just is no room for boredom. Yes, problems do crop up, and there are a lot of misgivings in your mind. But when you know that your kids can always count on you, and your kids know it too, then home tuition becomes a richly rewarding experience.
When the child stays at home, there are certain issues of discipline at stake. It is easy for he
child to misconstrue the freedom he has at home and feel that home tuition is just a long summer holiday. This is a potential landmine and children need to be disciplined right at the start.
You and your child decide where to learn, how much to learn and when to learn. But,these should be decisions made at the beginning stages. If your child is too little to take an active part in the decision, chart out a few hours of the day for the various activities, and stick to it. When there is no outside
agency to supervise and no exams to answer, it is easy to get sidetracked. If your child is old enough, consult him and find out when he wants to learn. Apply your parental discretion and come up with a timetable.
It is advisable to keep aside a particular room or a part of the room for your home tuition. The child should be expected to reach his desk at the appointed time, in proper attire with all the necessary material.
If you take steps to establish rules at the very beginning and adhere to these rules, your child learning experience will be a huge success.