Why is Nabi Music a Perfect Complement for Homeschooling Programs?
Homeschooling is one of the fastest industries in America. With over 2.5 million students in grades K-12 (which makes up to 3% to 4% of children), the homeschooled population is growing at an annual estimated 2% to 8%. Something to keep into account is that, while traditionally this option has been preferred by religious families, nowadays homeschooling is growing among all the population, including ethnic minorities. Why is that? And how can we include such an important subject as music in a homeschooling program? In this article, we’ll go through all of it.
Reasons for homeschooling
All children deserve and have the right to receive an education. And we would normally associate “being educated” with “going to school”. Then, how come so many families opt to get their kids out of the traditional system? Mostly because, every year, more American parents notice that the current education system cannot fulfill the needs of their children. Indeed, homeschooled children do not only achieve academic results as well as their traditionally educated peers but they also exceed them!
Many parents opt for homeschooling because their children get bored in class. Others because they feel their children are left behind and prefer a program that better adapts to their individual needs. In any case, these families believe that the search for knowledge should be the goal, and not only passing tests and getting good grades. And still, when it comes to standardized academic achievement tests, the National Home Research Institute indicates that homeschooled children usually score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students.
Besides, since the Covid-19 outbreak, more families claim they’d be willing to enroll their children in a homeschooling program, even after schools reopen and things get back to normal –or sort of… Traditional schools may need to be readapted to social distance measures, higher hygiene standards, and possibly, a mixed system of online and in-presence classes is the future of schools. Still, because the virus may still be a lingering danger while there is no vaccine available, even once they are allowed to send their kids back to school, many parents would pass.
But fear of children getting sick is not the only reason many parents are paying more attention to homeschooling. According to Nathan Harden from Real Clear Education, “it could be that many parents are getting a closer look at their children’s curriculum, some perhaps for the first time, and they are alarmed by what they see. They fear that the quality of education they are seeing on their kids’ Zoom classes is emblematic of what’s normally offered”.
What about socializing?
The fact that children spend most of their time at home and not interacting with children their age is the most mentioned difficulty of homeschooling. However, families that make the system work are happy with their children attending other learning activities, such as sports, music assemblies, arts & crafts, church, etc. There is a whole bunch of extracurricular activities that give children a lot of opportunities for making friends and spending time with other kids. Some homeschooling families make studying groups and organize meetings, trips, and other cultural activities that teach children and bring them together at the same time.
So, how do we do it?
In the words of executive director of the National Home School Association J. Allen Weston, “homeschooling is a lifestyle dedicated to the joy of learning, and understanding that life and learning is an adventure to be cherished, not a chore to muddle through to get a grade (…) Unfortunately, schools have robbed the children of that ability to be able to experience the joy of learning, and homeschooling is all about bringing that back”.
For those families who are willing to homeschool their kids, there are different options available. The first thing that you need to know is your state’s requirements for homeschooling since every state has different regulation. Only when you know your options, you can select a homeschooling program. And there is a whole world out there for you to choose from!
Some families opt to purchase a whole curriculum, while others create their own personalized curricula from different available resources. Sometimes, one of the parents is in charge of their children’s education. Other times, there is still a local school that works as a link. You also can choose to hire a tutor for certain topics or subjects, whether in presence or online. From traditional programs to online learning experiences, every family gets to choose which program adapts better to their child’s needs.
Music in homeschooling
Some states include music as part of the basic educational curriculum, but even those that consider it an extra, still encourage its studies. Children who learn music do better in cognitive skills, improve their memory and attention span, and boost their creativity. We don’t need to insist on the many advantages that studying music has for any child.
While most homeschooling programs include subjects such as language and maths, music is just as important! Any parent who is concerned about the quality of their children’s education would be aware of its importance. Many families use music as a tool or manage to create a musical environment at home. Yet, not all of them feel prepared to teach music on their own, or simply don’t know where to start.
Well, we have good news! Nabi Music is a great way to include music in your child’s homeschooling program. It is simple. You have a wide variety of options to choose from. You can sign up, choose among a huge list of musical instruments or musical skills (such as music composition, or music software, for example) and then pick one of our many tutors. Nearly all of them offer online music lessons, and you can adjust the schedule to your child’s educational program.
So if you, like many other parents, have decided that homeschooling is the best option for your child, Nabi Music is just what you need to complement their learning process in a fun, fulfilling way!