to religious or parenting style reasons.Home education can also be a choice when living abroad or in isolated areas. Just like the reasons for choosing homeeducation, the methods of homeschool-ing are many and in some countries
even dened by the local laws. Parents
may choose to use a correspondenceschool, which provides them with acomplete curriculum and books/sup-plies to be used. Such approach is oftencalled school-at-home and stands on thestricter end in the spectrum of educa-tion philosophy parents can adopt.On the other side of the same spec-trum are those families, which opt forunschooling or natural learning – an ap-proach that focuses on learning-on-de-mand, where children pursue knowledgebased on their own interests and parentstake active part in facilitating their learn-ing. Natural learning philosophy doesnot rely heavily on textbooks; instead,it focuses on experiences conductive tolearning that children naturally encoun-ter throughout their daily activities. Be-tween the two mentioned approaches isa wide range of others, some of whichare: classical education, Charlotte Masoneducation, Montessori method, Waldorf education, a Thomas Jefferson educa-tion, theory of multiple intelligencesand unit studies.It is not uncommon for families, de-pending on the needs of their children,to merge several methods of home-schooling. For example, a family may follow a local school-based curriculumin math and English, opt for classicalapproach in history studies and use unitstudies for science, merging in the learn-ing process of chosen topics the scien-
tic with the religious knowledge.
Although in the West home educationhas been around for several decades andis nowadays steadily gaining popularity,in Pakistan, it is relatively new and un-heard of. Over the past few years, thenumber of homeschooling families inPakistan has grown to a few handfuls, which are mainly concentrated in Ka-rachi. If you would like to know moreabout home education, join the on-linecommunity of home educating fami-lies in Pakistan at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/pakistan-home-education/
The author is a homeschooling mother of two, senior editor of Hiba Magazine(www.hibamagagzine.com) and a freelance writer.
omeschooling, alsocalled home educationor home learning, is theeducation of childrenathome, rather than informal settings of public or privateschools. In a typical homeschooling situ-ation, parents assume the responsibility for educating their children. Althoughtraditionally, before the introduction of compulsory schooling systems, children were educated at home or within a com-munity, homeschooling in its modernsense is an alternative to private or pub-lic educational institutions. The reasons, for which parents choosehome education, are numerous. Many
parents are dissatised with the stand
-ards of education in local schools, theexpenses of the private institutions orhave objections to the social environ-ment within schools. Others feeltheir children will achieve bet-ter academic results and willdevelop better moralsand character by be-ing taught at home. Yet others optfor homeschool-ing due
What is home education?
DEFINING HOME EDUCATION
delvesinto the varying facets of thisrapidly-growing movement.