In my previous post (Homeschooling in India – The Starting Point) I shared with you the starting point of our home school journey. Here I want to share the No. 1 reason why we opted for home schooling instead of regular school.
Like I said, homeschooling was a deliberate choice we made to educate our children. As soon as we got started, we had a lot of people especially our family asking us questions.
As you know in India education is taken quite seriously and parents plan their children’s future much before they start walking or talking.
It took some time to convince my parents but they realised that since we already made up our mind, there was no talking us out of it. On the other hand, Jane’s parents were quite positive about it and were a great support to us.
To answer frequent questions from friends and relatives, we decided to do a thorough homework so we can explain to them better about our new initiative and these articles are basically a compilation of all the information we gathered about homeschooling vs regular school.
Focused on one type of learning style
Recently at a homeschool meet, we had an educational consultant by the name of Linda Sue visit us who was invited by one of our close friends. She has consulted more than 300 expat families in Southeast Asia. She took us through an interesting exercise which helped us understand that there are various kinds of learning style each individual possess.
There are mainly 3 types of learning styles which are Visual, Kinesthetic & Auditory.
Visual learning is a learning style in which ideas, concepts, data, and other information are associated with images and techniques. Visual learners retain and process information more effectively when it is represented visually. The best way to teach a visual learner is by using more of graphics and visual elements.
Auditory learning is a style in which a person learns through listening. An auditory learner depends on hearing and speaking as a main way of learning. Auditory learners must be able to hear what is being said in order to understand and may have difficulty with instructions that are drawn but if the writing is in a logical order it can be easier to understand.
Kinesthetic learning is a learning style in which learning takes place by the students carrying out physical activities, rather than listening to a lecture or watching demonstrations. Kinesthetic learners are commonly known as “doers”.
The fact is that we possess a little of all the 3 learning styles but the order is different as in you can be more of a visual learner and less of a kinesthetic and auditory or the other way around.
We took up a test and just between me and Jane, the order in which we learn and process information was totally different.
If you are interested in taking this test you can visit this link here . At the end of the test the site will also show you ways to improve your learning experience keeping your learning style in mind.
My learning order is V-A-K (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic) which means I first learn visually and then needs to hear the audio instructions before I get the job done. On the other hand Jane is V-K-A (Visual, Kinesthetic, Auditory) which means she learns visually and immediately gets on the job and go through instructions while she is getting the job done.
We identified that both Jairus and Amaze has different learning styles. Jairus is A-K-V (Auditory, Kinesthetic, Visual) and Amaze is a K-V-A (Kinesthetic, Visual, Auditory). This order will obviously change as they grow up but identifying our children’s learning styles helps us find ways to teach them more effectively.
In Regular Schools
Now in a regular school who has time for these kind of stuffs. An average classroom in India has at least 50 to 60 students per class. How can a single teacher work through different learning styles among this crowd?
Yes definitely there are advanced schools where the classroom is comprised of only 25 students and 2 teachers per class which only a privileged group of higher class society people can afford. What about the majority of children in our society from middle and lower class? How can they make a mark in the society with the saturated learning methods and syllabus that exists within our educational system?
Homeschooling gives us the freedom to identify our child’s learning style and nurture him accordingly which is one of the reasons why we prefer home schooling rather than a regular school.
Homeschooling in India – The Starting Point
Homeschooling in India Reason #2 – To avoid Unhealthy Competition
Homeschooling in India Reason #3 – To Nurture Creativity
The Challenges of Homeschooling in India