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It might be difficult to homeschool if we are not well equipped, but basic education can definitely be imparted in the homes to the children.
Homeschooling? What is that?
This term which is not too common in India is one system of education where the parents do not send their children to schools for getting educated but give education at home itself.
Isn’t it quite similar to the private education system? Where the children only go to schools for appearing for their exams and are asked to study at home or sent in coaching classes if the parents do not have enough time to cater to the education needs of the child.
Ever wondered how do the mothers manage homeschooling their children? Making them learn to be competitive without even putting them in a competitive world? Making the children learn to work in a team , respecting others , inculcating the value of extra-curricular activities without even putting them in a social setting of a school?
Let me tell you one thing agree it or not, a mother especially who is a housewife, gets her “me time” only when her husband is at work and children at school. I can bet every mother can relate to it.
Homeschooling deprives her of that time which was once reserved for her own self. The mother is no longer just a mother but also a teacher, and the child looks at his future through his mother’s eyes. It is very commonly observed that its usually always the mothers who have to be vigilant and make sure her children are studying to get good marks in order to race neck and neck with their peers.
Rakhi belongs to a village where the school inspite of being close to their house is not good enough in giving quality education. She decided to home school her son with the help of the books provided by the school. Even though she came below the poverty line population of our country, she was ready to do all the hard work needed for her to give her children not merely education but the best quality and valuable education possible.
Rakhi was a bangle seller. She would roam around in villages selling glass bangles to women, take care of her two children – a 7 year-old boy and a 1 year old girl, cook for her family and husband, whilst completing all the other house-hold chores too.
She was determined to educate her children and make them working professionals but just because of the poor quality of the education in rural areas, she decided to homeschool her children and just send them to school for examinations. She spent her evenings in the brightness of the oil lamp teaching her children and in the same journey learning from the children in return.
Her husband wasn’t much educated but encouraged what his wife was doing. She made the children not only knowledgeable through books but also experience by sending her son to collect water from the river or well – demonstrating how the bucket once thrown in water displaces the amount of water equivalent to the weight of bucket, she taught her children Archimedes law in Science.
So I bet every parent be it the father or mother can take some time to spend with their kids and teach them some things which even a school cannot teach. If someone like Rakhi can, why can’t we living in a city with the best schools, teachers, facilities and luxuries like domestic helpers, psychologists, coaching classes etc. not be a part of our children’s education and rely on some-one else for it?
Hence homeschooling may sound difficult or not well equipped for a child to get complete education, but basic education can definitely be imparted in the homes to the children
as “Our Home is Our First School and Our Parents Are Our First Teachers!”
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What an inspirational story! A decision like that isn’t easy for even those living in urban areas. Also, the only aberration here is the supporting husband who isn’t a wife-beating drunkard. Bless you Rakhi.
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