Why homeschool? A small class size means more personal attention!

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Why homeschool? A small class size means more personal attention!

One of the most well-documented ways to improve student achievement is to reduce class size. Students in small classes score higher on tests, receive better grades, and attend school more regularly. They also show increased persistence, motivation, and self-esteem. The benefits of reducing class size in early grades have been proven to last well into the later grades. Furthermore, gains in upper grades associated with smaller class size can even surpass the gains in the lower grades. Teachers are often asked what the most effective way to improve their teaching would be. Their response? Reduce class size. So, why homeschool? You have a very small class size, which means more personal attention from the teacher for children to do their very best!

With a small class size, we can better see our children’s strengths!

In homeschooling with Heart of Dakota, we can give our children personal attention day in and day out. With our small class size, we can simply better see our children’s strengths. We might see one child is better at math, so we can move this child along more quickly. Perhaps we might see another child is better at reading, so we can choose a higher level of DITHOR. Possibly we might see yet another child is better at drawing, so we can give more time for creative projects. We might see in still another child the mind of a young budding scientist, so we can give extra time for experiments. With a small class size, we can better see our children’s strengths and adjust our homeschooling accordingly!

With a small class size, we can better see our children’s struggles!

In homeschooling, we can give our children personal attention each and every day. With our small class size, we can better see our children’s struggles. We might see one child struggles with math, so we can spend longer on fact memorization. Perhaps we might see another child struggles with reading, so we can spend longer on phonics. Possibly we might see yet another child struggles with writing, so we might experiment with different pencils, grippers, and paper. We might see in still another child the struggle to focus and pay attention, so we can choose a quieter room with less distractions, or we can add more time to get up and move. With a small class size, we can better see our children’s struggles and adjust our homeschooling accordingly!

With a small class size, we can better provide space, supplies, and resources for our children!

In homeschooling, we can always give personal attention to each child. With our small class size, we can better provide space for our children to spread out and work. We can also provide enough supplies for our children. Each child can have his own art supplies, his own work area, and his own place to leave out creative projects that are ongoing. Likewise, we can better provide resources for our children. Each child can do his own science experiments, his own demonstrations, and his own art projects, rather than watching one teacher or a few children do them. Similarly, each child can have his own computer to work on, his own books to read, and his own favorite chair to sit upon. With a small class size, we can easily provide enough space, supplies, and resources for each of our children!

In Closing

In homeschooling, even with a very large family, our ‘class size’ is still smaller than the average class size in other forms of education. Why not start giving your children some personal attention within the ‘small class size’ of your family, by homeschooling them right within your own home today?

In Christ,

Julie

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Author: Julie Grosz, M.Ed.

Some passions of mine are homeschooling with Heart of Dakota, cooking with All Recipes, reading Jane Austen in a bubble bath, singing along with lyrics that strike a chord, making family traditions, creating organization out of disorganization, and writing words - in emails, posts, and books - that glorify God. I'm a teacher and an editor by trade. Here's a quick rundown of my numbers... 24 years of teaching (7 public school, 17 homeschool), 6 years of college (4 undergrad, 2 graduate for my masters in education), 18 years of working for HOD, 48 years old, 24 years of marriage, 3 sons who are 19, 16, and 12 - and I believe that should about 'sum' it up! You can view my blog here - https://my3sons-julie.blogspot.com/

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