Benefits and Pitfalls of Home Schooling Textbooks

Many parents decide to use traditional home schooling textbooks when starting to teach their children at home. However, there are many ways to educate your child, not just with textbooks!

As the home education movement continues to grow, you will find an increased number of educational resources designed specifically for home use.

Using textbooks for lessons, provides new and seasoned home educators a familiar way to school at home. Most of us grew up using textbooks, so we are quite comfortable with them.

Although there are many other teaching methods you can use to educate your child/ren at home, you may feel more confident by using the trusted and reliable textbook for your child's lessons.

Some Benefits of Using Textbooks

Familiarity
Most of us grew up in traditional schools, whether public or private.

We know what a textbook is and how to use one. A good textbook contains most, if not all of the material required, at a certain grade level.

Convenience
Everything is contained in one source. Busy parents appreciate eliminating a ton of extra work looking for information on a subject.

Transportability
Schooling doesn't need to stop when you need to leave the house. Bring your pencil, eraser, notebook, and textbook with you where ever you go!

My children get a lot of school done while traveling in the car or waiting for their siblings at doctors or dentist appointments, etc.

Some Pitfalls of Home Schooling Textbooks

Textbooks are Heavy
If you need to take more than one subject with you when leaving the house, textbooks become cumbersome. They weigh a lot, and take up quite a bit of space.

Provide Limited Information
Only so much information can be included in a textbook, providing a broad over-view of all the material your child needs to know for a certain subject. Sometimes you will find limited information on a topic.

Use the text as a starting point for more in-depth lessons or mini homeschool unit studies. Get supplemental materials and books to delve further into a topic or area you want to focus on, or when your child shows interest.

Boring or Uninteresting
Remember your school textbooks? I remember mine, especially history... a subject I absolutely hated in school!

If you found certain school books dry, look for home schooling textbooks that reinforces lessons through a variety of hands-on projects and activities. Or use a different teaching method for subjects your child struggles with or finds boring.

Home schooling should be a fun, rewarding adventure, for both you and your child. If your home schooling textbook isn't giving you the results you want, it may be time to try something new!

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